Shades of Autumn Runner
Add touch of color to your Thanksgiving table. Appliquéd leaves will last long after the colors of their real counterparts have faded.
Measurements based on
42" usable fabric width.
• Scraps autumn-color batiks
• 3/8 yard cream mottled batik
• 7/8 yard brown mottled batik • Backing to size
• Batting to size
• 1 yard 17"-wide fusible web • Template material
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
Prepare templates for leaf shapes using patterns given. Prepare 22–24 leaves for fusible appliqué referring to patterns and Raw-edge Fusible Appliqué on page 48.
From cream mottled batik:
• Cut 1 (9" x 42") strip.
From brown mottled batik:
• Cut 2 (31/2" by fabric width) strips.
Trim to make 2 (31/2" x 36") B strips. • Cut 2 (31/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 2 each 31/2" x 14"
C strips and 31/2" x 18" D strips. • Cut 4 (21/4" by fabric width) binding
COMPLETING THE RUNNER TOP
1. Fold the A background rectangle in half along length and crease to mark the center.
2. Measure 5" in from each short end along each side and mark as shown in Figure 1. 3. Lay a straightedge from the marked line to the creased center and trim to make an angled end, again referring to Figure 1.
4. Repeat step 3 on the remaining end to complete cutting A.
5. Center and sew a B strip to opposite long sides of A; press seams toward B strips.
6. Using a straightedge, trim ends of B strips at the same angle as A as shown in Figure 2. 7. Align straight end of C with one angled end of A-B and stitch as shown in Figure 3; press seam toward C. Trim the angled end as in step 6, again referring to Figure 3. Repeat with C on the opposite end.
8. Repeat step 7 with D strips referring to Figure 4 to complete the pieced top.
COMPLETING THE RUNNER
1. Select 10 or 12 prepared leaf shapes in a variety of shapes and colors. Arrange and fuse shapes to one end of the pieced top referring to the Placement Diagram and project photo for positioning. Repeat on the opposite end of the pieced runner.
2. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 110. 3. Quilt as desired. Trim edges even. 4. Bind edges referring to Quilting Basics on page 110. 5. Using thread to contrast or match leaf fabrics, stitch close to the edge of each shape and add leaf vein lines as desired to finish the runner.