Give Thanks Table Runner
- Muslin, 15”x49”, two
- Barn red gingham cotton, 1/2 yd.
- The Warm Co. Poly-Fil Low-Loft Quilt Batting
- Polyform Sculpey Ultralight Clay
- Sewing machine and thread
- Small natural leaves
- C&T Publishing Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper 5-sheet Pack
- DecoArt So Soft Fine Glitter Gold Glitz
- DecoArt Americana: Acrylic Paints: Acrylic Hauser Light, Light Avocado, Avocado; Fabric Paints: White, Dark Chocolate, Crimson
- DecoArt Americana Duraclear Satin Varnish
- Loew-Cornell La Corneille paintbrushes: Series 7000C Round #3, 10; Series 7550C Glaze/Wash 1”; Series 7300C Shader #2, 4, 6
- Computer and printer
- Clay-dedicated rolling pin, parchment-lined baking sheet, and oven
scissors, measuring tape, craft knife, nail file or sandpaper, sewing needle, safety pins, newspaper
- Roll clay to 1/8” thickness. Press small leaves on clay and gently roll over with rolling pin. Use craft knife to cut out leaves from clay for total of seven leaves. Use needle to poke two holes on center vein on each leaf. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake leaves on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool. Smooth edges with nail file or sandpaper.
- On covered work surface, paint leaf Hauser Light Green using #6 shader. Let dry. Beginning at stem, feather Light Avocado towards leaf tip using #4 shader; leave 1/2” unpainted on tip. Let dry. Paint stem and feather Avocado into vein pattern using #2 shader; drybrush Avocado along vein line. Let dry. Wash entire leaf with varnish using glaze/wash brush. Let dry. Repeat for remaining six leaves. Set aside.
- Cut two 15”x49” muslin rectangles and one 15”x49” batting rectangle. Cut 1/2 yard of red gingham on bias into strips measuring 2-1/2”-wide (for binding strips).
- Using computer, choose multiple fonts and font sizes to make words like, “Thanks,” “Thanksgiving,” “Give,” etc. in word document. Print words (in mirror image) onto transfer paper following manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer words onto muslin rectangles, arranging words in horizontal and vertical directions.
- Paint outline of transferred words Gold Glitz, White, Dark Chocolate, and Crimson using #2 shader or #6 shader. Alternate colors and use larger paintbrush for thicker fonts. Let dry.
- Layer painted muslim on top of batting and bottom muslim. Safety pin layers together. Machine quilt table runner. Outline each word or word grouping in blocks. Free stitch loop designs in sections with no words.
- Sew binding strips together at 45º angle, creating one continuous binding strip. Iron in half lengthwise. Lay binding with right sides together on top of sewn muslin layers so selvages match. (Note: Leave at least 8” of binding strip for tail.) Sew together using 1/4” seam allowance. Stop stitching about 10” from where first started. Remove table runner from sewing machine and match binding ends, measuring where ends should meet; pin together. Stitch binding end together; trim excess. Fold binding over lengthwise; pin to selvage and continue stitching. Roll binding over unfinished edge and stitch binding down on back.
- Hand sew clay leaves onto edges of table runner for border as desired.