So I guess this post is a little overdue, but the night before Thanksgiving, I decided to start a table runner, in hopes of finishing it in time for the next day's meal. Nick and I reached our ten year anniversary in June, yet we've never had to cook our own Thanksgiving turkey- but this year was the year to finally do it! Nick took charge of it and my responsibility was potatoes (we had friends over who brought other dishes too). I didn't feel too bad focusing on this spontaneous idea/project because the meal preparation was minimal for my part.
In early November, I spotted these "Grateful" Target placemats in the Dollar Spot (they were actually $3 each). I decided to use them as the focal points of the runner:
We have a very long table, so this runner was almost two yards long (13" wide).
I had quite a bit of Insul-brite (that batting that is supposed to be great for making pot holders) and pieced together a long piece to use as the top layer as batting (I also added another layer of thin polyester batting as well). The thickness made it all a little tricky to sew up neatly, but I think I did okay.
I raided my orange/yellow/brown scrap bins and bags to make a scrappy patchwork front. I've heard a lot of people often say they "hate" the color brown for quilts but I think it's underrated. Dark chocolate brown adds such a nice contrast, it truly helps other fabrics shine.
Linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday.