Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Little Something for Me…

I made myself a table runner for my Thanksgiving table this year.  I don’t make a lot of things for myself, a lot of what I make I give away as gifts or for swaps, but sometimes you just need to make a little something for yourself.  So, I decided to make myself a table runner that doubles as one large hot pad. 

I never have enough hot pads for all the hot dishes I put out.  It is kind of the family joke, never enough hot pads or serving spoon.  Then I end up using folded up dish towels and oven mitts.  Making it look messy and unorganized, which unfortunately, it is.  So, this year I decided to fix my hot pad problem and surprise my family.  Well… with the hot pads at least, I still need to make my way to the store to get those serving spoons.

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The runner is quilted with a layer of Insulbrite batting instead of regular cotton batting. Insulbrite batting is a insulated lining that is used when making things like oven mitts and it can be bought by the yard. 

This runner measures about 15” x 36” and fits perfectly in the center of my table.  Now, not only do I not have to worry about having enough hot pads, when I put everything out I can sit everything close together giving me more room on the table of other things.

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If you are interested in making one for yourself or for a gift for someone else, you will need:

  • enough fabric scraps to make a quilt top that measures approximately 15” x 36”.
  • Insulbrite batting
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the backing
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for the binding, cut into three 2 1/2” strips
  • Coordinating thread

I made 21 bowtie blocks, using the tutorial I did for Moda Bake Shop.  I arranged them diagonally in a 3 x 7 layout.  I chose this block because I liked the vintage feel of the block and the fabric, but any block will do.  Get creative and have fun. 

Once you have your quilt top done, layer the top right side up, the Insulbrite batting, and then the bottom right side down to make your quilt sandwich.  Quilt by hand or by machine as desired.  Square up your runner and bind.

I think this runner goes nicely with my vintage tablecloth.  Which, for those of you who are into vintage linens, was made entirely by hand by my Great Aunt some 40 years ago. 

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you made something for yourself. I struggle with the same thing: things for me are always at the bottom of the priority list. I'm happy I decided to keep my recent wall hanging from the Traveling PicStitch hop.

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