Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lots of Love Table Runner

I don't know what it is about Valentine's Day, but I have been making all sorts of love related projects the last couple weeks!  Today I finished my Lots of Love table runner and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out!

I started by making eight 4" finished heart blocks using this tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew.

I cut some white fabric 1.5" for the sashing to go in between and around 2 groups of 4 hearts.  Then I finished it off by cutting red fabric 1.25" for the border around the whole thing. Unfinished, the block was 13" x 13".

Using Moda's "Spell It With Fabric" tutorials, I used 4 different red prints to spell LOVE.  
You can find the posts with the PDF files at the following links:
The only thing I changed from the patterns was omitting a 2.5" x 10.5" strip of neutral fabric to the right of the "L" block, making it a 6" finished block instead of 8".  I used the 1" finished (1.5" cut) sashing strips recommended in the patterns for in between the letters and to the left of the "L" and the right of the "E".  I then added a white sashing to the top and bottom by cutting 1.75" strips.  The LOVE block's height measured 13".

Then I pieced the heart blocks to the left and right of the LOVE block.  I quilted it with romantic, flowing swirls and bound it with a lovely solid aqua.  I cut the binding to 2" and used a 1/4" seam to make it a little skinnier than usual.  The finished size of the table runner is 13" x 60.5".

Our table seats 6 and this runner is the perfect size!

Of course, I had to break out this little heart dish and fill it with candy, just because it's the cutest!

 No sooner had I done this, when these little hands came to claim some goodies!

 And yes, we did probably spoil our lunch by snacking on M & M's and Starbursts, but sometimes you just can't say no!

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