The Valentine’s Day table runner

Yes, I know Valentine’s Day was months ago! But this is the project I created way back then for our February London Modern Quilt Guild challenge. I wanted to use red and pink without going to cute, so I picked up the Tree Pods print in Red from Saffron Craig’s Magical Lands collection and made a super-simple table runner.

Here it is in the photo we finally got round to taking for the shop’s homepage. Doesn’t it look great?

We staged this photo at The Kitchen Table, a lovely little breakfast/lunch place on Mill Lane in West Hampstead. The customers are all locals and they helped us set up the shot – one lent us the teapot off of her table and others helped us arrange the flowers. If you’re in the neighbourhood pop in – I can’t recommend the bacon and peanut butter sandwiches highly enough. Good peanut butter is hard to find in this country!

I’d argue you don’t need a proper pattern for this, but here are the basic steps. You need a half metre of treepods (two quantities in the shop), a half metre of Kona Bone (two quantities in the shop) and a metre of insulated wadding (one quantity in the shop). The finished size will be approximately one metre long and 32cm wide.

1. Take a half metre of treepods and cut off the sides so you’re just left with the red print like you see above

2. Cut the excess into 2″ strips and use it for your binding.

3. Use insultated wadding and Kona Bone for backing (if you buy the treepods too I’ll know what you’re up to, but you can email me to make sure I cut it that way for you).

4. Quilt with minimal random straight lines (I used Gutermann Sew-All in 001).

5. Take those binding strips and bind.

6. Optional: Make up a set of simple napkins in Carnation and Rich Red.

Easy right? But so pretty! You can find a kit in the shop right here.

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