Solids plus Chevron Table runner - DIY project number two

I am not only having a love affair with chevrons but I am continuing my adoration of solids. In addition to buying ten yards of chevrons, I also got a whole array of solids from Blue Underground Studios.  I had already made one chevron table runner that was super easy, it was time to up my game!  If you missed the easy chevron blog you can read about it here.

chevre0I was motivated to create a new table runner to replace one that was only blue.  I wanted to sew one which also included shades of aqua and turquoise to blend in with our fabulous new "Mark" chairs which we just got delivered from Walter E. Smithe and adore.  We've been1solidsre changing things up around here ever since we made over a bedroom into an office.  Now instead of a desk and computer, we have a grouping of these four chairs which I am calling our conversation area and by golly, it needed a table runner to set it off.

chevre3I even played with the fabrics, draping them over the chairs and leaving them overnight and looking at them in different lights.  (I am not taking the carpet into account as we are having wood floors installed next month.)  I know, I felt amazingly mature and thoughtful to do all this pre-planning.  Plus it was pretty fun.

I choose an aqua chevron and four solids to go with it.  I cut four squares of four different solids, mine are 8.5 inches but you could play with the size.  I cut two inch strips of chevron which all chevre6bisected the chevron at the same place.  I sewed all the squares onto the strips and then sewed them together at the top and bottom.  I made sure that all the chevrons went in the same directions on all four joining strips.

Once those were sewn and pressed, I laid out the side strips to see how I wanted the chevrons to go.  I decided to have each lengthwise strip go in a different direction.  chevre8

The final multicolored chevron strips I cut 3 inches wide, the same fabric I was using for the back of the table runner.  Again, you can judge what width you want your strips to be  I really liked the fabric because it had the dark blue in it as well as the turquoise and aqua.

1rezthreadAfter I attached the outside strips I made the quilt sandwich of backing, batting and top and decided to quilt it on my domestic machine.  One of the primary reasons I wanted to use my domestic machine is because I had all these delicious Aurifil threads that I couldn't use on my Longarm.  (I lust after their 50 wt cotton threads like they were precious jewels.  Only they're better!)

I stitched in the ditch using my wondrous walking foot.  Have you ever used the Bernina walking foot?  It is an amazing pressure foot and made quilting this table runner a pleasure to quilt.chevre9  There are three separate plates you can use and here I am using the one specifically for stitching in the ditch.

I am really pleased with the end result and even the back, it's reversible.  It is fresh with great colors and my two crush fabrics, chevrons and solids.

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Plus it was really easy to make, almost as easy at the first one.  Just a few more steps and you can have your own solids plus chevron table runner.  chevre11But the most important step was choosing fabric that I was wild about.  No matter what project you make, always choose fabulous fabrics that you are in love with, even if they aren't chevrons or solids.

Sew happy!

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