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Super Quick Trapunto Table Runner

trapunto cover

If you have the need for a quick project, why not try a wholecloth table runner? It goes much faster than piecing a project, and turns out just as (if not more) fabulous!

I started with a design I created using Electric Quilt (EQ7). I used the Card Basket block and repeated it three times with a small inner border and larger outer border.

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Then I printed out the 8″ block in full size so I could easily transfer to fabric.

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I used my design print out to plan my quilting.

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Once I was happy with the plan, I taped my block printout to my light box.

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Next, you’ll want to mark the center of your fabric. I simply fold the piece in half one direction and then in half the other direction and finger press. It marks the fabric just enough to line up the drawings.

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Then you line up the fabric fold over the center of the block print out.

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Using a chalk pencil trace over the block lines.

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As I move my fabric over I use a ruler to maintain the straight line to trace the next block.

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It is always a good idea to shut off the light box every so often to make sure you have traced all the block lines. Mark any areas you might have missed.

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Then move the fabric again to mark the third block. Use the ruler to line up and keep the edges straight. If you are having a hard time seeing the chalk lines when the light box in on, you can mark the edges with pins before moving the fabric

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Once all blocks are traced, you will want to draw the borders. In my EQ7 design I had a 1/2″ inner border and a 2″ outer border. These are marked using the ruler.

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Now your design is transferred and you are ready for quilting.

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Load your backing fabric on the Gammill as you normally would. I am using two layers of a poly batting as I want a trapunto look and also want the table runner to be firm and unwavering.

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Place your fabric with the transferred design on top of the double batting. Begin by basting outside of the marked edge.

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Then stitch along the marked edge line of the outer border.

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I like to stitch a few times around between the outer edge (shown with scissor point) and the basting line. It keeps the edges flat and out of my way while quilting.

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Then quilt all the border lines.

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Once all border lines have been stitched, it is time to stitch the block lines.

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As I want a trapunto look, I quilt my background areas fairly dense. I use the fills to cut through to other block lines in an attempt to stitch with the least amount of starts and stops possible

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You can see the majority of line stitching is finished and where the background areas were used to cut through to the next area.

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Then I go back and fill and stitch the center areas.

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I accidentally dropped my snips and ripped the fabric. As we all know, these things happen. I could have started over, but instead I made a design change and micro-stippled over the rip. You can barely see it at the scissor point. There is no need to toss the project, just work with the mistake.

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Continue stitch the background design and filling areas necessary to create the trapunto effect.

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Then fill your outer border. I chose feathers as they compliment just about everything.

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After stitch the feathers, go back and fill around them, adding more trapunto effect.

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And it’s done – and beautiful!

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It really is a super quick and easy project. Now bind and enjoy!

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by Karen Marchetti

Gammill Quilting Artist

www.creativelongarmquilting.com

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