So two years after I finished making the Fruit and Vegetable placemats, I was still trying to figure out just the right design for the matching table runner.
I had also been really wanting to make something similar to the Simple Spring Table Runner on Moda Bake Shop site. Its a cute table runner made up of separate round blocks. The blocks are bound, and I really dislike binding small projects. I knew I wanted to flip them instead of binding them. But I also knew that if I left an opening on the outside edge, I’d never get it to look round when I sewed it shut.
But if I cut a hole in the center of one of the fabrics I could flip them thru that hole and just applique on a decorative “patch.” SOLD!
All I had to do was pick out the fabrics I wanted to use and get started. Here’s how I made it.
2) Fold the fabric your are going to add the applique to in quarters and cut a 2 – 3″ slit. Which means when you cut it should only be 1 – 1 1/2″ because the fabric is folded in half. This is how you will turn the block right side out.
3) Make your quilt sandwich. 1st the batting, 2nd fabric right side up, 3rd fabric right side down. The 3rd fabric needs to be the one that you just cut the slit in. That fabric must be on the top of the sandwich.
7) Cut out a circle (or different applique shape) and fuse it over top of the cut slit. Sew down the applique piece with a blanket stitch or your preferred stitch. Quilt your block as desired. I did concentric circles that I marked with chalk.
8) Sew a button on one side of the block, on the other side sew a button hole. Repeat this for each of the blocks.
And here’s the finished project. There are eight 12″ blocks. I really love how it turned out. You can put out just 2 or 3 circles of your preferred color. Or you can put all of them out in a circle or oval. And with them being reversible the combinations of layouts are enormous.
Moda Bake Shop – Simple Spring Table Runner