I bought this cute little Riley Blake “Trick or Treat” Fat Quarter set about a month or so ago. I just love it! (I bought the Christmas one too.) So far, I have made a Halloween dress for my daughter and I have just finished my very first attempt at a quilted item. (I plan on making a quilt for my daughter this winter, so I wanted to practice and start with something easy.) I decided to make a quilted table runner for Halloween.
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 here, here and here.) 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. Very easy.
I spent the next half day studying different online tutorials and You Tube videos to decide how I wanted to “quilt” and bind the table runner. So, thank you to everyone who puts time and effort into these lessons, I know how much time they can take. I didn’t follow any one exact tutorial, I just watched and read over ten different tutorials and applied a little something from them all.
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.
I also decided to machine stitch my binding. Lets 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 Hancock’s had their packaged bias tape 50% off last weekend. When I make my daughters quilt, I do plan to make the binding, though I haven’t figured out if it needs to be on the bias or not… (I already have the fabric picked out, bright pink with white pin-dots, so cute!)
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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