Table Runner Instructions - River Of Time


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Table Runner Instructions - River Of Time

Join Quilting Contessa for a series of fun jelly-roll runner patterns. An extra quick project for adding seasonal quilt style to your home. Easily customizable to your size table, featuring quilt design tips.

Table Runner Instructions - River Of Time


This table runner is caller "River Of Time." We are using True Blue, the new Color of the Year. You will need 18" long jelly-roll strips (2-1/2" wide) in 3 or 4 colors; dark, medium, and light.


Cut 18 strips (15 for a shorter table, or 24 for a longer table). Reserve two matching strips for "bookends."


Randomly sew the rest of the strips together (along the long side) into sets of 8 strips each (sets of 6 for a shorter table).

january runner pic 1


Press in one direction. Stack the sets on the cutting mat face up. TIP: turn one set upside down so the seams nest together.

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Use long rulers on each end of the strip sets to hold them in place for cutting. With rotary blade, cut a random "S" curve through the middle of the sets.

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You now have 4 strip sets (6 if you are making a longer runner). Swap the sets on the right, moving the bottom set to the top.

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Sew the new matched sets together. Start stitching in the middle of the widest curve. Sew in one direction, turn over, start sewing in the middle again finishing in the opposite direction.

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You now have 2 new strip sets (3 if you are making a larger table piece).

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Turn one set upside down and stitch the sets together in the center. Add the reserved Bookend strips on each end.

Design Tip: bookend strips provide a finished feel to random piecing.

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Layer runner with batting and backing in your favorite basting method.


Quilt in the ditch each curved. Then shadow quilt each curve at 1-1/2" interval until the quilting crosses in the center. Design Tip: This crossing of "ripples" quilting gives our January Runner its River of Time moniker.


Finish with blue binding in your favorite method. TIP: See Quilting Contessa article Binding a Quilt using Traditional Methods.


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The fabric on the back of a Quilt Sandwich (Top, Batting and Backing).

Same As: Lining
A temporary method of holding the quilt Sandwich layers together while you finish assembling it. This can be conducted using Basting Sprays, pins, clips or temporary stitching called a Tacking Stitch or Basting Stitch.
The layer in the middle of a quilt sandwich between the Top and Backing layers consisting of wool, polyester, blends, silk, or cotton.

Same As: Stuffing, Filling, Wadding, Filler
Binding is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun it is the fabric that's used to cover the raw edges of the quilt sandwich after it's quilted. This edging fabric is referred to as the Binding (noun). As a verb it is the process of putting on this fabric, and it referred to as Binding a Quilt.
Cutting Mat
Surface used for cutting with a rotary cutter. The mat protects your tabletop and can serve as a measuring tool when you use the gridlines on the mat to line up your fabric. Many mats are self-healing which means that the blade of the rotary cutter will not create permanent grooves in the mat.
In The Ditch
The process of quilting just next to the seams of a quilt, block or to the very edge of an applique area.

Same As: Stitch In The Ditch
The process of assembling quilt blocks from pieces of fabric sewn along their edges to form a whole.

See Also: English Paper Piecing, Assembly Piecing, Machine Piecing, Chain Piecing, Paper Piecing, Hand Piecing
Method of using an iron to press seams and blocks. This means simply pressing downwards on the seam with the iron from above and not moving the iron back and forth which can distort the block or seam.
An easy way to create quilt blocks with unique kaleidoscope designs. These designs require a set of identical pieces cut from a print fabric. Rather than finding and cutting each piece individually, a quilter can cut and layer a number of large, identical print rectangles to make a stack.

Same As: Stack-n-Whack, Whack
A construction technique in which long, narrow pieces of cloth are joined lengthwise, sometimes with long rows of quilt blocks, to form a quilt top. The term "strip" can be used to describe the long pieces of fabric between blocks (see Sashing) or to describe the small, narrow remnants used in string patchwork.

See Also: Sashing
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