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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!

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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. 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! 🙂

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

  3. Jamie @ the Backless Shirt Blog says:

    Wanting to do this…thanks for the close-up pics. I'll be doing a lot of 'research' too for this first-timer.
    Jamie

  4. http://www.artfire.com/users/auntiechrisquiltfabric says:

    Just beautiful Halloween decor!

  5. Heather D. says:

    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. 🙂

  6. Crafty Mischief says:

    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!

  7. Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It says:

    That is so cute, and easy, too! I'm going to go look for som fat quarter packs. Thanks for the idea.

  8. This is so cute! I love the colors!

  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. Good Girl Gone Green says:

    Beautiful.

  11. A little crunchy - Kimberly says:

    I can not quilt to save my life, however this could be because I am allergic to ironing! 🙂 I think you did a fantastic job with this.

    Found you on Finding New Friends Hop!
    Me —-> http://www.littlecrunchy.com

  12. Mandi@MandiBeingCrafty says:

    I love Riley Blake fabric! Very cute table runner!

  13. 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!

  14. 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! 🙂

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

  16. I love the colors you chose and the prints are so fun! Great job. 🙂

  17. WhyCuzICan says:

    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! 😀

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

  18. Very cute! I'm sure you'll enjoy it very much.