Foot of the Month: Quick Quilted Holiday Table Runner

November 18, 2019By Joanne BankoEmbroidery, Foot of the Month, Holiday No Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Decorate your table for fall with this quick quilted table runner. With two complimentary fabrics and super simple construction, you may find yourself repeating this project for seasonal decorating throughout the year. To make this runner, we used our featured Foot of the Month, the MuVit™ Dual Feed foot with some special add-on accessories. Please read through the instructions for other accessory options.

Materials and Supplies

  • Brother Sewing Machine with MuVit™ Dual Feed Foot Capability
  • SA204 Stitch in the Ditch Dual Feed Foot
  • SA206 Dual Feed Quilting Guide Set
  • Brother Metallic Thread (MT 999 used in this example)
  • Basic sewing notions, including a removable marker.
  • Duck billed appliqué scissors, optional but recommended for trimming batting from seam allowance.

Fabric and materials for table runner:

  • Fabric #1: One piece measuring 14-inches wide X 33-inches long for center of runner.
  • Fabric #2: Two pieces measuring 14-inches wide X 32-inches long for contrasting ends and back side of runner.
  • Thin batting for filler in runner, 1 piece measuring 14-inches wide X 47-inches long.

Note: Project was created on the Brother XP1 Luminaire with MuVit™ Dual Feed Foot capability and optional accessories designed for this foot. The MuVit™ Dual Feed Foot is included with some machine models and available separately for others. As an alternative, you can create this project using a walking foot with additional accessories. See list below for substitutions:
SA188 Walking Foot
SA132 Quilting guide for Walking Foot
SA191 Stitch in the Ditch Foot

Instructions for Creating Table Runner

1. Gather pieces cut for runner. See Figure #1.

Figure #1

2. Set up machine for sewing with standard foot. Pin short ends of fabric #2 together, leaving an 8-inch gap for turning. See Figure #2.

Figure #2

Sew seam using ½-inch seam allowance and press open. Next, select fabric #1 and proceed to layer and pin short ends of fabric #1 and fabric #2 together. See Figure #3.

Figure #3

Note: Sew all seams with a ½-inch seam allowance and right sides together. Press seam toward darker fabric. You now have one continuous loop of fabric with long side edges open. See Figure #4a and Figure #4b.

Figure #4a
Figure #4b

3. Mark center points of long edges of fabric #1 with pins. Smooth runner out on a flat surface. Match center points of fabric #1 with center seam of fabric #2. Layer batting on top and pin layers together along long edges. Trim batting if necessary so it’s even with raw edges. See below:

4. Attach MuVit™ foot with standard foot snapped in place. Sew side seams of runner, sewing through all three layers.
5. Use appliqué scissors to trim away batting close to the stitching line. Clip corners to reduce bulk. See below:

6. Reach through opening and turn runner right side out. See Figure #5.

Figure #5

7. Close center back opening with small hand stitches. Carefully press runner so it lays flat.
8. Attach Stitch in the Ditch foot. Select a basting stitch on the machine. Working from the back side, sew a basting stitch along the center back seam, using guide to follow seam. See Figure #6.

Figure #6

The basting stitch will serve as a marking for quilting the lines on the center section of the runner. See Figure #7.

Figure #7

9. Remove foot from machine and attach the Quilting guide base to hold right and left guides. See below:

10. Thread machine with metallic thread in the needle. Re-attach foot. Attach quilting guide for right side, sliding it into the hole on the quilting guide. See Figure #8.

Figure #8

Set guide for a spacing of 2-inches from the needle. Select stitch No. 2-19, the wavy serpentine stitch and set width for 3.5 and length for 1.2. See example of stitch below:

11. To quilt rows across the center piece of fabric, begin with guide aligned with pieced seam at the end, and then continue to evenly space lines 2-inches apart, stitching from the end until you reach the center basting line. See Figure #9.

Figure #9

Turn runner to the opposite end and repeat the quilting process from the opposite pieced seam. To finish quilting the main section remove basting stitch and stitch final quilting line directly in the center.

12. Select stitch No. 2-16, the rick rack stitch, and set width for 2.0, and length for 2.5. See below:

Mark a center line on each end piece. See example in Figure #10.

Figure #10

Sew first line of quilting in the center. Quilt additional lines spaced 1½-inches apart, beginning in the center and working out toward edges of runner, using left and right quilt guides as needed. See Figure #11 and Figure #12.

Figure #11
Figure #12

You are finished! Below is a close up of one end of the table runner.

Options and Ideas:

  • Add embroidery to any of the pieces prior to construction. Border designs would be ideal for each of the ends.
  • For a really fast table runner consider using fusible batting for the filler. Skip the quilting and topstitch along edges to finish runner.
  • Add piping along the edges or use decorative trim to accent the runner.
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