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Quilted Halloween Table Runner

This easy peasy Halloween table runner is simple to make and will brighten up any table for the Halloween season!

I found this adorable Riley Blake “Trick or Treat” Fat Quarter set online and on sale recently.  I just love it!  (So much, I bought the Christmas version too.)  

I’ve been having the most fun sewing up Halloween goodies with this fabric. 

I’ve made a Halloween dress for my daughter and just finished my very first attempt at a quilted item – this quilted Halloween table runner!.  (I plan on making a quilt for my daughter this winter, so I wanted to practice and start with something easy.)

I have been doing a few fabric piecing projects lately to work on my skills, so that part wasn’t hard.  (You can see those projects herehere and here.

To make the table runner, I just kind of played with the fabrics until I found a combination that I liked.  I cut two strips each, varying the widths just a bit, from ten different fabrics.  Then just sewed them together. Easy-peasy!

Rather than do any fancy quilting, I just decided to “stitch in the ditch” between the fabric strips.  While doing this method, I learned that I should probably do a little bit of a better job pressing the seams flat.  I think I will also pick up a walking foot before my next quilting project in hopes that it will help keep my stitches a little straighter.

*update: The secret to straight seams? A stitch in the ditch foot!  Yes, there is such a thing, lol.  Just choose the one right for your machine.

I also decided to machine stitch my binding.  Let’s face it, I am not making anything “heirloom” quality or trying to sell anything.  I just don’t have the patience to do much hand stitching, especially on something as large as a full-size quilt.

For this project, I used store-bought bias tape.  Black was my chosen binding color anyway, so I didn’t feel the need to make my own, especially since my local fabric store had their packaged bias tape 50% off last weekend.  

 

If I have time, I would love to make a few more projects with this fabric. How cute are these fabric baskets?  We’re running out of time before Halloween though and they may have to wait until next year…

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29 Comments

  1. Teresa Laite says:

    Thanks for the great idea of the table runner. Was wondering what to do with all the little strips of Halloween material I had around. Keep up the good work.

  2. I'm crazy about all the colorful & whimsical fabrics you chose for this project. Great job! Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday. Please do come back next week!

    Warmly, Michelle

  3. this is adorable. Thanks for sharing your tips because I have plans to try a few things that would require the lovely "stitch in the ditch" and I am NOT good at remembering the *iron seams open* step so maybe now after your post I'll remember!
    ~Jenn
    http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com

  4. That runner is so cute! Love the fabric choices.

  5. So cute! I have only quilted once and didnt actually do the top stitching part and it all came apart in the laundry… thanx for your tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This is absolutely adorable and a great quilting project! It seems right up my alley, simple and pretty quick!

  7. This is REALLY cute!! I'm not someone who is really into Halloween, but I am loving some of these seasonal prints that are showing up all over the place. The table runner is great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Yay for Riley Blake! I bought that same fat quarter for some of my Halloween projects this year. Your table runner is beautiful! I found you through Think Pink Sundays linky party. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I don't do much quilting, but this has me wanting to. I love all the colors. It is so fun! Thanks for linking up and sharing:>

  10. What a cute runner. I love all the different fabrics!

    I'd love for you to stop by and link up at my Friday Favorites party!

  11. Oh I LOVE!!! I've never quilted either, but I'm going to give this a try! Too cute!! I found you on 504 Main! Love your blog, and am a new follower! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Fun table runner. The fabrics are so fun, with great pops of orange and purple.

  13. I love the colors you chose and the prints are so fun! Great job. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Very cute table runner. Oh, I'm sure you'll love quilting (I'm a quilter too). You did a nice job and your binding looks like it turned out really well! You have skills! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Visiting form The Shabby Nest Linky Party,
    ~Suzanne in NW IL