Do you remember the quilt that I made with the Mango Salsa Tonga Treats a couple of years ago? Well I had some left-over scraps, and when I was cleaning out my fabric boxes I thought they were too smal to do much with, but then I saw this pattern on the Fat Quarter Shop website called "Mini Charm Mix" and decided to make a new table runner. The scraps were trimmed into 2.5" squares and I was busy making lots of 4-patch units...
...some of the seams are only a scant 1/4" but I was desperate to use every last scrap! I always use Schmetz Microtex needles size 60 when I'm piecing batiks, and I used a very fine Masterpiece thread in my machine too. There was lots of piecing and pressing and more piecing and more pressing and finally I had the top of the runner completed. Once the runner was pieced together, it was layered with a piece of backing fabric and some thin pellon polyester wadding. This was then quilted very simply in straight rows with a Gutterman Sulky variegated quilting thread, and I used the edge of the walking foot as a guide for quilting the rows...
...a narrow strip of batik was then attached to the edge of the runner and machined into place, to be used as a single fold binding.. I stitched a label onto one of the corners on the back of the quilt before the final piece of binding was attached...
...and here is the completed runner on my dining table. I've got a few scraps left, hopefully enough to make a similar runner for my coffee table - as my lounge diner is a large, open plan room, I like to use co-ordinating runners. Guess what I'll be sewing on my next day off!
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