November 04, 2019

Let it Snow Table Runner - October Island Batik Ambassador Project

Note, the fabric and other materials used for this project were given to me by Island Batik and their industry partners as part of the Island Batik ambassador program.

I'm a couple of days late with this project, but the Island Batik ambassador challenge for October was to make a seasonal table runner or table topper that featured applique. Here is my Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging (since I don't use table runners at all 😊)
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
I started by cutting 55 3 ½" squares from the gorgeous blue fabric I had left over after making Paul's blue Sparkler quilt. Sewn together in a 5 x 11 layout, they make a background that is 15" x 33".
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
Then I raided my kitchen for applique templates. Since I wanted simple circles, there were plenty of options so I could find the right sizes for my snowman. I ended up choosing a small plate, a plastic container and a small mug.
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
I cut my three circles from Island Batik's Almond fabric, which is one of their Foundations fabrics. I love the small purple dots that remind me of falling snow. I also cut one of each circle from solid white, to put behind the Almond so the blue background wouldn't show through. I then used a glue stick to glue the circles to the background, carefully stacking the white and Almond together. I could have used fusible web, but I didn't have enough and didn't want to bother waiting to get out to buy some.

All of the stitching is done using Aurifil 50 wt thread. I stitched a zig zag around each circle with white (2024). Then, using my free motion foot, I used black (2692) to stitch eyes, a mouth and some buttons. I don't have a bright orange, so I used caramel (2210) for the nose. I used the black to stitch the arms, too, stitching back and forth several times to make them thick enough. In hindsight they would have been more noticeable if I had used brown, but I wasn't about to pick out that mess of stitches to change the colour.
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
Then it was time for the letters, which are also Almond with a layer of solid white underneath. I used the Harrington font, which is included with Microsoft Word. I really love this font (it's also what I use for the titles on my pattern covers), but it wasn't a great choice for the applique. Something a little chunkier would have been better as I could have stitched a little farther in from the edge.
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
As it was, I stitched very, very close to the edge and it made those edges fray quite a bit, even though Island Batik fabrics don't generally fray much. I guess when the needle is only a few threads from the edge, the edge can't hold up as well as usual. Lesson learned 😊 I did use the last bits of my Heat 'n' Bond fusible web for the letters as I knew I wasn't up for trying to glue all those fiddly, skinny letters.
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
Once the applique was finished, I used a scrap of Hobb's 100% cotton batting and an Island Batik print as the backing and basted the runner. Basting something small like a runner goes so fast, lol!

I used very dark navy (2785) for the quilting and started by going around the snowman. I stitched a smidge away from his arms, too, hoping to make them stand out a little more.
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
Then I quilted the background with intersecting wavy lines and left the snowman unquilted. This Island Batik fabric that I used for the back makes me think of Christmas for some reason, even though there's nothing particularly Christmassy about it. It makes the perfect back for my snowman quilt.
When I came to the letters, I stitched carefully around each one, then continued the wavy lines between them. In order to have the lines intersect, I found myself stitching them much closer together between the letters than I had everywhere else, but I wasn't about to go back and fill in the whole background with even more lines. The quilt still lies flat, even with the somewhat uneven quilting, so that's good enough.

I love how the quilting, plus the two layers of applique, makes the letters really stand out.
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
Because I don't use table runners, I used some of the backing fabric to make hanging triangles at the top so I can hang the quilt.
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
Unlike quite a few other places, we haven't had any snow yet. I'm happy to now have a new winter decoration for when the snow does start to fly.
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com
If you'd like to make your own Let it Snow table runner or wall hanging, pin this for later 😊
Let it Snow table runner/wall hanging | DevotedQuilter.com

7 comments:

  1. Too funny! You and I are very similar: I too raid my cupboards both kitchen and sewing room for appliqué templates and I love that Harrington font as well. I used it in the coasters I created for the Henry Glass fabrics Desire to Inspire challenge from a few years ago. Your wallhanging turned out great-I love putting appliqué over a patchwork background.

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  2. Perfect circle templates! I don't really use table runners at all, either, and so I really like how you turned this into a fun wall hanging. Just in time for the season. It turned out really well and it was super smart to layer behind the almond with extra white fabric. :)

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  3. It is beautiful, Leanne. I think the caramel nose is a good choice as an orange one would have drawn too much attention. Well done.

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  4. I don't use table runners either. I think using this as a wall hanging is ideal.

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  5. Great project Leanne! I like winter projects that are not just for Christmas :)

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  6. Your snowman looks like he is ready to embrace the season. Hope you and he have a good winter.

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  7. Great runner or wall gaming! I love it - simple and effective. I think the narrower quilting is perfect.

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