The other day, I saw this from Leah Day and inspiration struck. I had to make a fall table runner to go with my new fall tablecloth.
I started with this pumpkin shape and enlarged it in my Silhouette software. I then starched the heck out of my fabric and cut it using my silhouette. If I was to do it over again, I would have taken the time to locate my new fabric blade – the blade I used was a bit dull. But it worked ok. I had to go back over a few spots with my scissors, but it worked well.
I then used my tutorial to applique the shapes down. I used another shape’s stem (I can’t remember which one) and completed the applique portion. I used a small zig-zag to sew things down.
I sandwiched the quilt and decided to just stipple around the pumpkin shapes. I realized once I got going that stippling is just like riding a bike; once you learn, you don’t forget how to do it. You may start off a little wobbly to begin with, but once you get going, it is just like you hadn’t ever stopped doing it.
Not all of my stitches are perfect, but since I have not done it in over two years, I am pretty happy with the results. The only thing I wish I would have done differently was to remember that I had a little slippery may that went under the quilt to help lower the friction between the quilt and the table.
I added a quick machine binding and using my tutorial on mitered binding and sewed it down with a zig-zag that mirrors the applique.
And here is the runner; a quick weekend project.