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Quilted Halloween Table Runner

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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