A few weeks ago, Emily Taylor sent me some fat quarters from her newest collection, Floribella for Riley Blake. So pretty and perfect for spring.
I recently took down my red Valentine's decorations including my red table runner and was in need of a new spring table runner for my kitchen table and these fabrics were perfect.
I used the trusty quilt-as-you-go table runner method to make this new one. And it came together so quickly. You can find the original Quilt-as-you-go Table Runner tutorial here.
There are a couple of things you can do when quilting this table runner, and I thought I'd show the difference in the looks you can create. The bottom half of this picture shows the strips sewn on without any additional quilting. The table runner is technically quilted because you sew the strips down to the batting and backing when you piece. But if you like, you can add more quilting afterward, if you like a denser quilted look (see top half of the photo.)
I like to use a neutral colored thread so that it blends with all of the fabric. I used an Aurifil 50 wt thread - mainly because that is what I keep threaded in my machine all the time, but a 40 wt thread would work well too. (I typically keep 50 wt in my machine because I think it's perfect for piecing, but a heavier weight - 40, etc. works really nicely for quilting.) I also used the same thread for hand-sewing my binding.
I'm in love with this micro-stripe print and loved using it for the binding.
Here are a few more pretty pictures from the designer, Emily Taylor, using Floribella.Pattern Jam.
Pattern Jam is such a cool concept. You can chose any of their patterns and audition fabric from current fabric collections by putting the digital image of that fabric directly into a temple of the quilt or garment design. That way you can get a visual for what those fabrics will look like in that design, as well as instruction on how much fabric to buy.
Today, Emily is giving away a free copy of another quilt pattern, Campbell Plaid, to you readers. You can click here to see the pattern and play with the feature of choosing and testing fabrics and then download it for yourself! Here's a version that I cam up with. It was so fun!
Thanks so much Emily! Floribella is shipping to your favorite local or online quilt store any day now. I'll update the post with links to online retailers as soon as it's in stock!