Another fun Finish this week is a table runner. I have been intentionally trying to make more small usable projects like table toppers and table runners for me to gift away. I do love small quick projects for quick gratification.
Making small quilted gifts
As much as I want to gift every friend and family member a full bed-size quilt, that seems like a big dream, and most likely some will never get anything made from me. So, I have been intentionally putting more time and thoughts to make these small items that I am making to gift away. As I make these gifts, I am always excited thinking about the person who will be receiving them, and I think that is part of the joy as well.
Some ideas that come to my mind when gifting quilted gifts are hot pads, table runners, table toppers, pouches or placemats. I have gifted these before and they’re always fun to see again when I come and visit my friends and family at their home.
So, I’m looking forward to making more and spreading more love to more people.
Mini Charm Pack
Mini Charm Packs typically contain 2.5-inch by 2.5-inch squares of fabric. These packs consist of an assortment of fabric prints and colors that are carefully curated to coordinate with each other, often following a specific theme or color palette. Moda Fabrics releases new fabric collections regularly, so their Mini Charm Packs provide quilters with the opportunity to explore and work with the latest fabric designs and patterns in a convenient and cost-effective way. I do love that you get all the variety from one single mini charm pack. Some people like to collect these for their favorite collection just to keep.
Mini charms packs are super fun to get, especially when you grab them at the counter in a brick-and-mortar shop or when you’re trying to fill up the cart to get free shipping when shopping online. You can even sign up for a monthly dose of Mini Charm Packs here>. This is a great way to get an idea of what fabric you might want to get in a larger precut size or even in yardage.
Trying out a new color palette
I have been inspired to try out a different color palette, and lately, I’ve been loving Kim Diehl’s Collections! I also love her latest patterns with Its Sew Emma. Definitely will jump into making one of them soon. And, what better way to try out a new color palette than by using a mini charm pack, right? I grabbed this mini charm pack on SALE and got to work.
Mini Charm Pack Quilt Project
I didn’t spend much time designing the runner, I just thought a simple 4-patch would be a fun way to start. I added a 4.5″ square unit background to alternate between the 4-patches and a 2.5″ wide border around the quilt center to frame the table runner.
The four patches came together pretty quick with the magic of chain piecing!
I decided to use a tan-based printed background. I pulled this background fabric from my stash. Lately, I have been more intentional in building more background fabric stash. It is so much fun to pull from my stash whenever I need one that fits.
Backing from a piece of scrap?
And I was so excited to find a scrap piece that I got from the SCRAP BAG HERE that fits perfectly as the backing! The size of the scraps you get from this scrap bag is definitely worth it. In my sewing room, these definitely are not going with my scrap pile just yet. So, I was very excited to make use of this scrap as the backing, What a coincidence that I got scraps from one of Kim Diehl’s collections as well in the random scrap bag. Surely made me feel very lucky.
Just look at how fitting is that background fabric with the quilt top!
The “scraps” was enough for the backing and the binding!
Free Motion Quilting Spirals
Spirals feel like the right motif for the allover design for this color. Classic, yet fun to make and give a nice flowy texture to the quilted table runner. If you are in the free motion quilting boot camp, there is a whole unit on how to make Spiral designs and various types of spirals motif you can practice. So make sure you try it!
Table runners are the perfect size to get a good amount of free motion quilting practice, Not too big, and surely not too small! Especially a skinny table runner like this, it is the perfect one that will not get you to keep going without feeling overwhelmed.
Of course, if you are a seasoned quilter, this would be a breeze! Just enough to get excited and done with a project in an evening.
Label in the binding
I tried putting the label in the binding again as I did with this quilt. And I did record it to show you, but I wasn’t that happy with the final look of the label, so I need to tweak that a little more before sharing the final template for the labels with Quilt Label Wizard.
I still need to adjust the size of the labels and perfected the seams so that this can easily be incorporated at the binding. I am loving this labeling method especially for small quilts.
What do you think?
Do you label your handmade? I really think it’s important to label them, and the receiver will surely appreciate it too!
Join Quilt Label Wizard HERE to make your own custom labels.
Linking this finish to Alycia’s Finish Party.