Color Me Happy

color me happy.

Hey yall.
:D

Let's make table runners, shall we???
& not just any table runners... mix & match table runners.

Not only are they SUPER cute, they're SUPER quick to make.
{thanks to using the quilt-as-you-go method.}

So let's get this party started.



1 Frolic jelly roll
1 yard solid binding {sku #7521 376}
2 yards backing {sku #17515 11}



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Cut your jelly roll strips in half.
Be a rebel & use scissors.

When you cut your strips, make 2 piles.
{1/2 your strip in one pile & the other 1/2 of your strip in another pile.}
Let's refer to these as runner #1 pile and runner #2 pile.

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From runner #1 pile:

Make 6 color piles.
{mine = cream, aqua, coral, yellow, black & green}

It's totally okay to oooh & aaah for a minute or two.
:D

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Take 3 colors {mine = green, black & yellow} and cut like so:
2 1/2" x 3"
2 1/2" x 6"
2 1/2" x 9"

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Now take the last 3 colors {mine = cream, aqua & coral} and cut like so:
2 1/2" x 4"
2 1/2" x 7"
2 1/2" x 10"

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You should now have 6 cutesy piles like this.

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Pick a pile, any pile.
{I ran with aqua first...I'm totally on an aqua kick these days.}

Start piecing your aqua pieces together {end to end}, alternating your sizes.
Pattern example: 4", 10", 7", 10", 7", 4" etc.
Make your strips about 42" long.

Do this for all 6 color piles.
Make 2 color strips for each color.
Easy peasy. Promise.

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Lay out all 12 strips.
Ain't it pretty?!?!

Feel free to play with color placement.
Oooh'ing & aaah'ing is optional.

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Take 1 yard of your backing fabric and lay it out flat.
Cut & layer a 42-ish" x 26-ish" piece of batting on top of your backing.

Note: I highly suggest using basting spray between the 2 layers.

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Remember when we were playing with color placement???
Well take your middle strip & lay it right side up in the middle of your batting.
{mine = black}

Take your next strip & lay in on top of your 1st strip.

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Stitch down the right side of your strip.
{you'll be stitching through the 2 strips, batting & backing.}

Note: I highly suggest ironing each strip open before adding the next one.

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Cover the whole right side of your batting using this method.

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Now turn your runner & cover the whole left side of your batting.

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Your runner should now look something like this.

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Trim off all those stragglers.

You'll need to decide on what size you want your runner to be.
It will obviously be 24 1/2" wide, so you basically need to figure out the length you want.

{mine = 38"}




You have 2 choices at this point as far as quilting is concerned:
Leave it as is OR quilt it some more.

{i enjoy the quilty look, so i added some modern straight line quilting.}

Now set this runner aside...it's on to runner #2.

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Ain't she purdy?!?!
:D

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Again...
Take 1 yard of your backing fabric and lay it out flat.
Cut & layer a 43-ish" x 20-ish" piece of batting on top of your backing.

Note: I highly suggest using basting spray between the 2 layers.

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From runner #2 pile:

Note: I didn't play with color placement for this runner. You can just wing it like I did OR audition your fabrics. Whatever strikes your fancy.

Take your middle strip & lay it right side up in the middle of your batting.
{mine = coral}

Take your next strip & lay in on top of your 1st strip.
Stitch down the right side of your strip.
{you'll be stitching through the 2 strips, batting & backing.}

Note: I highly suggest ironing each strip open before adding the next one.

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Cover the whole runner using this method.

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Trim off all those stragglers.

You'll need to decide on what size you want your runner to be.
It will depend on how many strips you have.
{mine = 21 strips for a 41" long runner.}

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You have 2 choices at this point as far as quilting is concerned: leave it as is OR quilt it some more.
{i enjoy the quilty look, so i added some modern straight line quilting.}

Now you just need to throw the binding on both runners and...



...Voila!!!

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Ubber cute AND ubber simplistic mix & match table runners.
Yayyy!!!

Enjoy.

rachel of p.s. i quilt

37 comments:

jaybird said...

uber cute!! i love the way you mixed the colors up in the first one... but still have them with their "family" love it!!

Daisy Day said...

Oh my goodness!!!! That is the most delicious thing I've ever seen!! I love the happy colors, I love the stripes, I love the quilting! It has totally made my whole day. What a beautiful and fun quilt. Thank you so much for sharing! I'm so inspired!!

KaHolly said...

Rachel, this is a very thorough tutorial, well done, clear instructions, great pictures. Stand up and take a bow!

lari smiles said...

Oh, wow, I NEED these tablerunners....and thanks to your great tutorial, I shall have them! Absolutely love it. Can't wait to try this technique.

traceyjay said...

they are cute!

I love the quilt as you go feature.

Bravo. :)

Samelia's Mum said...

So bright and perky and looks so quick to make. Great tute.

Joyce said...

i love them both and i love a project i can handle while watching tv at the same time. i am going to try one tonight

Megan said...

I love them. And your tutorial is great. I can't wait to make some!!!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Love them both! Your fabric mixing method on the first one is so clever! Great pics as usual and some good advice thrown in there too, like "Be a rebel" and "oooh & aaah for a minute"! Love it!

MGM

Wendy_MT said...

Ubber Cool, Rachel! Can't wait to try this pattern ... with scissors :)

Elizabeth said...

Frolic is the best! Beautiful runners!

NanaKaren said...

I LOVE this and can barely wait to begin sewing it.... except, I don't have a jelly roll! Maybe I should go fabric shopping?!

Thanks for the great ideas!

mom2three said...

So cute! Right to the top of the list for things to make :)

fibercontent said...

Love this. What kind of basting adhesive do you suggest? I have never used it before.

fibercontent said...

Thanks, Rachel! There are a few options at my store and I needed guidance.

rachel griffith said...

fibercontent...
i use june tailor's quilt basting spray.

hope this helps.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wonderful and creative Rachel! Thanks.

shona said...

oh my gosh!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! i just bought a frolic jelly roll on ebay last week also! what a perfect project!!!

SheilaC said...

LOVE this and I have some Frolic in my stash...... :)

Thanks for sharing!

SheilaC

Maggie said...

I love the technique of sewing it together and quilting all at once! I have some strips for placemats ready to go, I am going to try this technique.

RochaMocha said...

How nice!!! :)

Trisha said...

love the colors! really very lively and so playful! they're super cute! :D





trisha

Elizabeth said...

I love these! The fabrics are so cheery and summery! Can't wait to make them and brighten up the living room a bit!

Michelle said...

Hello. I am very new to sewing. When you post the sku # for the binding and backing, where do I plug that number into? I found the Moda Frolic fabric. I love these bright colors!

Thanks, Michelle

Sølvi's blog said...

Great table runners. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Blue Farfallina said...

Love the fabric!!! perfect combination!!!!

Moia said...

Love this, the colors are stunning, love the stripe and the quilting too.

ChrissyLynn said...

Rachel...you are amazing...I love this...got to go...start cutting fabric...for these awesome table runners...Thanks!!

Colleen Greene said...

Love it! So cute and creative. I may try this with placemats, too.

Marit said...

love this recipe!
thank you!

; )

borntoblag said...

Hi Rachel, these are just wonderful. I am newbie to quilting and would like to know if you used a straight stitch on your machine all over the quilt or did you have a special feeder foot to do this ? this is the bit Im worried about when finishing a quilt off.
thanks
Mari

Lucie Monroe said...

thanks for the tutorial! Love it! I made the first runner, except I decided to make it longer and not as wide. With the second pattern I created some really cute place mats! Just love it! Looks like I'm ready for next Christmas already :)

Picture here:
http://holkamodrooka.blogspot.com/2011/01/tak-jsem-si-omylem-smazala-blog.html

Debbie said...

What a fun and easy project. I love your directions. Thank you so much for posting.

Charo said...

Very cute, thanks so much for the tutorial. I'm going to start mine just now.
Greetings from Spain

Just Julie said...

I've had my eye on this project since it was posted and have everything ready to start sewing today! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Virility Ex said...

Amazing set of designs.
Really impressive.
Thanks
Virility Ex

Judi Kettering said...

I am new to quilting and am trying this runner, which I thought would be so easy, but nothing is ever easy! I can't seem to make the # or strips (12) add up to look like the picture. There are more strips in the picture and they are going in a different direction. Can someone tell me what I did wrong? It shouldn't be this hard, and I once was pretty good at math! Judi