Saturday, March 16, 2019

Woven Stripe Runner Test

Every once in a while I need to stop everything and test out an idea.  What better way than with a table runner?  If you don't know if a new design will work out as you hope, making something small is a good way to test ideas.  It takes less time than making a large quilt, and gives you some creative time to play!

14" X 46"
In this case I feel like my time was well spent!  My design came through just as I had hoped and planned.

I choose to use woven stripes for no other reason than I'm trying to work through my stash.  The background is where I was focusing on the most.  I wanted to create more interest but not in an over the top way.    

I used two neutrals, Putty and Tan for the dual effect.  I like the subtle difference between the two shades, and especially like how they work together to create motion.  It isn't mind blowing, but I think is effective!

I've got some other ideas that doesn't involve woven stripes!  I love the colors in each stripe, but if you've worked with woven fabric you know there is almost always a slight distortion that happens when quilting.  I use starch every time I venture into the world of woven fabric.  It helps but it isn't a cure all!

I kept the quilting simple by adding 1/2" lines in the stripes and three rows of 1/4" lines in the center of the neutral fabric.  

All in all, it was a fun distraction!  I'm anxious to try some other ideas and designs along these lines.  There may be a quilt in the future or another runner at the very least!

I also want to remind everyone that it's time for 'MAD FOR SOLIDS', the March Madness extravaganza!

Voting Starts March 18 - 25 

Eight designers have curated fat quarter bundles featuring Painter's Palette Solids.  Each day two bundles will go head to head and the one with the most fan votes advances to the next round.  

You can vote each day for your favorite on Instagram, Facebook or Inspired by Fabrics blog (one vote per site per day), and at the end of the tournament...four lucky people will win a bundle of the winning palette!

I've been lucky enough to participate as one of the curated designers for a few years and it's always a challenge, yet so much fun coming up with a special combination!  Hopefully you'll like what you see...and perhaps throw a vote my way!

Here are the eight designers:

HollyAnne Knight
Jayne Willis
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
Nicole Daksiewicz
Annabel Wrigley
Emily Jane
Tania Denyer
Teresa Silva



  1. I like that! I keep reminding myself that I could do with some table runners I don't have many they don't take a lot of time to make

    1. It’s a fun way to make something when your not really in the mood to go big!

  2. I really like this table runner. Using the two colors in the background gives it movement and life. So simple..........yet stunning. I can see this being made with seasonal prints or stash busting scraps. The quilting matched the design in simplicity and adds just the right amount of depth. Nadine W. N. Cali

    1. I thought it was a fun design and hope to explore more options in the near future! I especially like the movement in the background!

  3. Always enjoy what you come up with -- now I should go play a bit too! Enjoy National Quilting Day!

  4. Great table runner! I really like the subtle pieced two colors in the background.

  5. I love how this one surprises you! At first I was focused on the dark stripes, but then, "Oh look!" Great finish, Jayne!

    1. I like the way you described this runner! It’s so simple but I think the two tone background kind of elevates the design!

  6. What?! Test an idea out with some small? :) I should try that sometime.

    I love hoe this looks. The subtle colors in the background really add some interest. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  7. Hi Jayne! I'm sure exactly what your vision was, but I'd say thing turned out great. I love the tan/beige path moving down the center of the runner. It surely gives the piece some movement and of course it plays well with all of your fabric choices. ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. It's always so fun to see what you come up with when you play in your sewing room Jayne! I like your tablerunner, and yes, the two color neutrals adds subtle movement. Great job!

  9. I really like that shifting background across the design!


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