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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Squirrel-Spiration! - Gingham Table Runners

Gingham table runners - what a fun squirrel-spiration project!

This is how I feel when I visit Diann's blog!
Visiting Diann's blog is always risky for me, because she has such cute projects. My latest "squrirel-spiration" happened when I saw her gingham table runner. It was so pretty I had to make one too! Diann was originally inspired by Vicki, so this squirrel goes way back.

I had a couple of wine-themed fat quarters I wanted to use for the first runner, and I paired it with some Grunge that has a bit of red-ish textured through it and some Emma Grace fabric I had been hoarding. I thought this runner would work for our entry table, which also serves as a "bar" with our liquor shelf perched above it. My husband made that shelf, and it houses liquors and glasses.

I ordered backing from an online quilt shop thinking it would match the wine fabric.
It isn't a match, but I love the cinnamon-y hue and used it anyway!

For the second runner, I used a pretty black print with a burgundy print, and some old fashioned label squares left over from another project for the light squares. It now resides on our dining room credenza. 

The second runner is backed with a vintage-y looking fabric from my stash. 

I had originally intended to make a new table runner for the dining room table, but I happen to love the one that is on it. It was a consignment shop find, along with the tray and vase and is a perfect setting for my Granny's Carnival glasses.

The pattern is a free tutorial from Accuquilt and is adaptable. I cut my squares at 4 inches for the first runner (using my Accuquilt Go!) and made 5 rows of 15 squares, and at 4-1/2 inches for the second runner, with 3 rows of 13 squares.

Instead of sandwiching with batting, I simply sewed front and back together,
turned inside out, and finished with simple crisscross and straight-line quilting.

Our entry "hall"

Dining room, aka Baker's daytime sleeping place

I cannot take a photo without one of the pets getting involved

Runner #1 - Entry
Finished size: 18" x 53"
Moda Grunge in Elafin
Emma Grace by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics
Wine Bottle fabric from Joann's Fabrics
Backing - Windham Uncorked in Brick with gold metallic 
Superior Threads: 50wt So Fine in #503 Genoa Gray and #421 Marigold

Runner #2 - Dining Room
Finished size: 12" x 52"
Black print from Quilting Treasures
Red print - Wintertide by Marsha McCloskey for Clothworks
Light prints from scrap bins
Backing - Subtle Charm by RJR Fashion Fabrics
Superior Threads: 50wt So Fine in #503 Genoa Gray and 40wt Living Colors #515 Raspberry 

This post is linked with Melva's Sew and Tell!


  1. I visit both Vicki and Diann and have several patterns that I keep meaning to make but haven't so far - table runners are very popular aren't they

  2. Love them both! I really like the Bar that hubby built for the Wall! Your home is very pretty! Kitty and Dog look like the are very happy to have owners like you! Hugs

  3. "Lindos" Table runners Linda.

  4. Such a lovely home! Love the gingham runners that are perfect for the places they were made for. I do understand how inspiring and addicting visiting other bloggers can be! Diann does have the cutest projects!

  5. So glad I could *inspire* you, Linda! (But, really, it's all Vicki's fault, lol!) Your gingham runners are so pretty! Isn't it fun to find the fabrics and figure out how to put them in that design? I love the wine-themed one - the text fabric, the Grunge. And the one in your dining room, too! Great idea for how to finish them up, too. They each look perfect for their spot!

  6. Such pretty runners! Both Vicki and Diann make such fun quilts, it's hard not to be inspired by them!

  7. I love the runners!! Now to find time to make one myself. And I love your table scape, so pretty. Chrisknits

  8. Both of these table runners are just lovely, and they look wonderful in your beautiful home.

  9. Not sure how I missed this post! But I love your runners. I was inspired by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting, who did a lot of gingham sewing, so it goes back even further!!

  10. Great runners. Beautiful mix of fabrics too. The more we can use from our stash the more room it makes for new fabrics. (Ha! As if I wait to use fabric before buying new!)

  11. Your house is beautiful and those table runners are gorgeous.


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