GK Table Runner Finished!
Yeehaw! Five of the Grandma’s Kitchen QAL blocks have been combined into a table runner. They were the 10″ blocks from Pat Sloan’s quilt-along. Instead of adding to the blocks to match the other 12″ blocks, we decided to embrace and enjoy them as they were.
Here is the table runner prior to quilting. This photo shows the five 10″ blocks: Peppermint Swirl, Pantry Goods, Grandma’s Apron, Wash Day, and Small Change. We surrounded each 10″ block with a 2″ white sashing and a 2″ navy border.
Table Runner Quilting
I really had a good time using some different techniques on this table runner. Since it was small, it was a good opportunity to try some new thing. The Peppermint Swirl block absolutely reminds me of my mom – she ALWAYS had these in the house and in her pocket. To quilt these I could only imagine a spiral in each piece surrounded by a little echoing:
For Grandma’s Apron, I did some additional echoing. For the different colored sashing surrounding the apron, I chose a simple straight stitch.
On the Wash Day block, I stitched each navy blade with straight line stitching in alternating directions. I added a few triangles in the beige blades, and most impressively for me was that I was able to quilt it in one continuous movement. Thanks for the encouragement – you know who you are! ~smile~
Lastly, for both Pantry Goods and Small Change, I took Pat Sloan’s advice and did a simple straight-line stitching spaced approximately 1/2″ apart. You can see a small portion on the Change block below.
Table Runner Sashing/Border Quilting
In the picture above, you can see the cable ruler work I stitched between each block. I also repeated the same pattern along the length of the table runner.
After the white sashing was filled with the cable stitching, I chose a chevron in the navy border. Once that was complete, we added the binding and stitched it down by hand.
Table or Bed Runner
The finished size of this table or bed runner is approximately 16.5″ x 60″. We washed and dried the runner before taking these final photos. It came out so nice and scrunchy and quilty. Based on its size, it seems like this could also be a bed runner.
This last photo shows it being used as a bed runner across the foot of a kingsize bed. I think we may have a few more runners in our near future. I am happy to have a chance to practice some different quilting techniques.
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