Friday, July 12, 2013

Kona Club Challenge - Rivers and Rocks Table Runner Tutorial by Carla Langendoen

Carla took the Kona Club Challenge this month. Carla blogs at Cora Quilts and her work is beautiful, bright and happy! Carla used the colors we sent out in July 2012 for Kona Club and made this lovely hand quilted table runner. We hope you enjoy this tutorial and make one of your own!

We are giving away the fat quarters that Carla used in this tutorial so be sure to leave a comment on this post to win!

Rivers and Rocks Table Runner 

I'm Carla Langendoen and I blog at Cora Quilts.  I'm a mother of 6 boys, ages 17, 15, 12, 10, 7 and 4!  We live in a wooded area near the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Alberta, Canada, my husband works for the National Parks and we homeschool.

I began quilting in 2009 when I was expecting my 4 year old.  I discovered fabric was for sale online!  I made a baby quilt and a big boy quilt (for the now 7 year old toddler who was going to give up the crib).  And then my sewing machine died.  I started again in 2011 with a new machine and never looked back.

I was surprised and delighted when Sew Sisters contacted me to contribute to the Kona Club Challenge and became very nervous after I agreed to participate!  I have worked with all solids before, but made a video game quilt with them, based on my sons' favourite game: Minecraft!  I wanted to try something this time that might have a wider appeal, and maybe a technique or two that you might not have tried yet, and that I'd like to get better at.  Here is what I came up with!

Table Runner



I have just recently discovered the joy of hand quilting and I hope this project will give you an opportunity to try it too if you have not yet! My little project uses big stitches and heavy thread to give it a more rustic look that is very forgiving.  I've found hand quilting and sewing makes a perfect take-along item, whether it's on a long car trip, a trip to the lake, or just watching the children play outdoors.  This just might be just the thing for summer!

I was also inspired by stumbling across various blogs and quilting sites describing Japanese Sashiko quilting and embroidery.  Do a little Google search of your own or take a look at this site (which I just found).  Take a look at the close ups of the artist's quilting. Inspiring, no?

The bundle I selected to work with contained a fat quarter of Forest, Cadet, Olive and Stone, plus the addition of Natural for a neutral.  It immediately drew me as it reminded me of the colours around my home: the pine trees, the river, the rocks, and the mountains.

Kona Solids Bundle

Here is what you will need to complete this project:


  • 1 Fat Quarter each of Kona Cotton Solids in  ForestCadetOliveStone and Natural
  • A piece of batting approximately 15" by 39"
  • Coordinating thread for piecing
  • A variety of coordinating heavier threads, such as Aurifil in 12wt or DMC perle cotton size 8

Here's how I did it:

1.  Fold your fat quarter of Natural in half the long way so that it measures 9 by 22 inches wide. Cut it in half so you have 2 pieces.  Sew these together to make a long piece approximately 11 by 36 inches.  This will be the back of your table runner.


Cutting Backing Pieces

2.  Do the same cut with each coloured fat quarter, cutting your piece to 10.5 wide, but do not sew together.  Set aside one piece of each colour to use for another project.  We will only be using one 10.5 by 18 inch piece of each fabric for this one.


Cutting Coloured Fabrics

3.  Using your ruler, start cutting up all the coloured pieces into strips of varying widths by 10.5 inches long.  I varied mine from 1 to 2.5 inches.



Cutting Coloured Strips

4.  Now start sewing them together in whatever random arrangement pleases you!  Make sure you keep the pieces lined up so your table runner does not become wobbly!  Continue until you have a runner no longer than 36 inches.



Sewing Strips

5.  Press all your seams open.

6.  Layer together the backing, batting and top as shown in the picture.  The top and the back should be right sides together with the batting beneath them.  Pin carefully, and arrange the pins to remind you to leave an opening in one end big enough to put your hand through, about 4.5 to 5 inches.


Layering Batting, Backing and Top
Pinning Layers

7.  Sew the layers together, preferably using a walking foot and using a 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around.  Don't sew where your opening will be (do a little backstitch here to make sure you don't pop open the seams when turning).  Carefully pivot in the corners keeping your needle down.


Sewing Layers Together

8.  Trim off the batting and backing to 1/4 inch and clip the corners as shown in the pictures, and then turn the whole thing right side out, using something pokey to make those corners nice and sharp.


Trimming Sides
Trimming Corners
Turning Runner Right Side Out

9.  Press as shown and stitch the opening closed with a ladder stitch or whatever invisible stitch you like to use.


Pressing Opening to Prepare for Stitching Closed
Closing Opening

10.  Now comes the FUN part!  The quilting!  I am NOT a hand quilting authority, so I shall direct you to someone else who might give you good advice.  Here is a tutorial by Rachel at Stitched in Color that I found useful, also Anna Maria Horner has an inspiring hand quilting tutorial.


Selecting Thread

Here are some tips from me:  I found that I did not need to use a frame and my quilting seemed to work just fine without one.


Beginning quilting

You may want to quilt it by machine and add only a couple of lines of hand quilting, or go for it and do the whole thing like I did.  It's a great way to practice on something little.  The size of the runner makes it easy to hold while you are managing the needle.

I didn't mark my quilting lines, but since the strips of fabric are narrow,  I was able to eyeball it and keep my lines straight along the seams.  If you do want to mark your lines, try using a Hera marker, a Frixion pen or whatever you like to use to mark fabric.

11.  Add quilting lines at intervals until you are happy with the results.  And you're done!!


Quilting Lines Continued

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and you now have a finished project that is both modern with solids and traditional with hand stitching to be proud of!

Giveaway!

You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Carla used to make her Table Runner!
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.
Carla chose the colours we sent out in July 2012 to our Kona Club members
If you are no-reply blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Monday July 15th, 2013.
Winner will be announced Tuesday, July 16th.
Good luck everybody and enjoy making your very own Rivers and Rocks Table Runner! 

63 comments:

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Lovely little runner and great tutorial!

Taryn said...

Cora, it is beautiful! The design really lets those beautiful colors shine and the hand quilting makes it so special!

Lisa Marie said...

The more I see projects done in all solids, the more I like them. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lyn Ja said...

So simple, but a dramatic effect!

Stephanie A said...

What a nice little project, a great way to start on hand quilting!

Christine said...

Nice and easy. I like that ... Thanks for sharing!

sewlightly said...

Love this table runner. I would try doing it as a quilt as you go project. Thanks for the chance to win.

teachpany said...

Cute project! I love Kona solids!

Emily C said...

Great runner. I love the hand stitching. It makes such a lovely accent to the finished product.

zarina said...

I love to hand quilt too. Thank you for the lovely giveaway. Kona solids rocks.

Quilter Beth said...

I absolutely love the calm that comes over me when I hand quilt. Kona has the BEST solids. Thanks for the opportunity to win some!

Alison said...

I love doing table runners, as they are managable, and functional! I too live in Alberta, and agree that the colours remind us of our surroundings.

Sallie said...

I love the colors you chose and your table runner looks great! Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing!

Denise Mitchell said...

Love the table-runner and the tutorial. Thanks for a chance to win!

Debbie Rogowski said...

Oh I love hand quilting, Thanks to my Friend Denise Mitchell for sending me over here. The tutorial is wonderful and thanks for the chance to win a great little stash to make this table runner

Carla G said...

What fabulous colors! And thanks for the great tutorial! :)

Mary Elaine Dunphy said...

Wow, I love it!! and your added touch of hand quilting gives it real charm. Thanks for the tutorial!!

Lisaleh said...

Very pretty! I'm inspired to try handquilting!

Lolly Challice said...

I love Kona cottons and Sew Sisters

ELIZABETH CROSS said...

A nice easy Runner with colours that would go nicely with my outdoors table, and I could sit out and do the hand quilting enjoying the outdoors.

ELIZABETH CROSS said...

A nice easy Runner with colours that would go nicely with my outdoors table, and I could sit out and do the hand quilting enjoying the outdoors.

ELIZABETH CROSS said...

A nice easy Runner with colours that would go nicely with my outdoors table, and I could sit out and do the hand quilting enjoying the outdoors.

ELIZABETH CROSS said...

A nice easy Runner with colours that would go nicely with my outdoors table, and I could sit out and do the hand quilting enjoying the outdoors.

Mimi said...

This would be a perfect and quick gift to make - love those colours together and the stitching gives it that extra special touch!

Bonnie58 said...

Great little runner. I have never hand quilted and this looks like a great piece to try on. Thanks so much for sharing

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

This project would be a good one for beginner hand quilters like me. Thanks for the giveaway! svonfumetti(at)yahoo.com

~Carla~ said...

Love it to bits, Carla!! You know i'm a huge fan of yours! :) Thanks for the tutorial, the hand stitching makes is *extra* awesome!!!

Maureen said...

Thanks Cora for the wonderful tutorial. A pleasantly simple design. I love the colours! Thanks Sew Sisters for a chance at the give-away.
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Maureen said...

Oh geez, sorry, I meant Carla not Cora. Forgive me.
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DeborahGun said...

This is gorgeous. I love hand quilting too:)

Anita said...

This is a beautiful table runner and the colours are summery to me. I have only handquilted once but this inspires me to stitch by hand some more. I would love a chance to make Carla's table runner myself. Thank you for the chance to win.

Melissa McGhie said...

I might actually give this one a try! It has my colours :)

anita dickson said...

Love this runner! Will have to try it out :)

Barbara Ensor said...

Love the colors. Thanks for a chance to win.

pwl said...

This would be a lovely project to help fill in my recover time. :-)

Heather said...

It's a straigt forward runner that is pretty and serviceable. The colors remind me of beach glass.

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau said...

Ooh, it's beautiful. Great job!

Erin McSweeney said...

Wow I could really use some solid colours, really nice.

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Penny P said...

I love the colours! Great tutorial, especially the hand quilting.

Regina said...

Carla, great tutorial and wonderful color choices. Takes me back to western Washington. Thanks for the chance to win! Good Luck, Everyone!

JacqAdams said...

Can't wait to try this one!

pegsplace said...

I'm in of courses ;)...love the solids and only have white kona.

KathyK said...

Really nice and could easily be made with different colors for all seasons too, thank you for sharing.

granniegee said...

Cute table runner that would go with a lot of different decors. I have been hand quilting for many years, but don't use many solids, so this would be a project I would love to try. Thanks for a chance to win.

Lenore Deagle said...

Saw this the other day on the sight... "OOOHHH!" was my first comment. Save was my next action. Thanks for posting the directions.
LOVE IT.

Crickets Corner said...

Such a cute runner. I'm thinking Christmas gifts! Thanks for the chance.

Betty Spence said...

Love these solids, I hope to try this hand sewing soon.

Angela said...

I learnt to quilt with hand quilting a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.

Jeannie Vander Wal said...

Looks like fun, thanks for the tutorial.

Lyn said...

Great project for handquilting and for Kona solids. They make great fabric.

Maureen Taylor said...

Love Kona solids, there are always so pure looking

Christal/Ottawa said...

Love the project nice quick and simple.. :) the hand stitching is a nice detail, never thought of doing that.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

The table runner is lovely and great hand quilting, I'm still trying to keep my stitches the same size.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

The table runner is lovely and great hand quilting, I'm still trying to keep my stitches the same size.

Patricia Dandridge said...

Great table runner! Looks like a great way to start hand quilting. Will give it a try. Love the colors....reminds me of home.

Marnie said...

I love the table runner. Great tutorial.

SIMPLESEW said...

This has inspired me, I will QAYG and then add some hand stitching. lovely job Cora and Rach is a good authority on tutorials

Colleen said...

Those are great colours. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

Shirley in Canada said...

Love the Tutorial and how you quilted it! thanks for the giveaway!

Patti said...

This lovely table runner is a great idea for these marvelous Kona colours! Thanks for the chance to give them a try!

Beth said...

Love the table runner and what a great way to try handquilting! So pretty!

Shannon said...

Wonderful! And thanks for the link for hand quilting - I knew I was doing something wrong and now I know what it is! Yahoo!!

Margaret said...

Very nice thanks for sharing