I LOVE my new Valentine’s Day table runner! I used my Vintage Heart Quilt block tutorial to make this project and it adds just the right amount of sweetness to my home décor. I use table runners to decorate for every season and holiday.
Valentine’s Day table runner details
Each block measures 12″ square (finished). I added a 1 1/2″ border (finished) and this made the final size 15″ x 51″. It’s a nice size for rectangular dining tables, but you could also use it on a coffee table or as a bed runner.
I love the variety of pinks, reds and taupe colors which give it a vintage vibe. The fabric came from my stash. I used a combination of Sugarberry and The Flower Farm by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics for most of it. Charm packs work great for this project!
I marked the quilting designs for the blocks with a blue water soluble pen and I used two different stencils that had a heart motif incorporated into them. I quilted a simple grid in the middle of the 9-patches and in the border. I did the straight lines first with a walking foot and then switched to free motion quilting for the rest.
The hearts were hand appliqued which gives them a little dimension. I think it would look great with fused applique hearts as well, but I like to do hand applique when I have the time. You’ll notice the red fabric in a few of the hearts bled a little when I sprayed them with water (to remove the quilting marks). I still haven’t addressed this issue, but I can either wash the entire table runner with Shout Color Catchers to trap the excess dyes, or use another remedy that I’ve had success with found here.
And then there’s the binding! I have to say that this striped binding is the perfect finish for this Valentine’s Day table runner. It’s Pink Candy Wraps from the All My Heart fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs. I just love it so much!
I added the binding completely by machine, front and back. This is my go-to method for projects that are going to be washed frequently. But truth be told, I use this method because I’m always in a hurry to get it done! Check out my best tips for all-machine binding and you’ll see why.
This Valentine’s Day Table Runner is the latest addition to my collection of heart quilts. I can’t seem to get enough! I’ll have to show you all of them in a future blog post. I hope you are inspired to make your own!