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Machine basting and topstitching a spring table runner

by Jean Boyd

Yesterday I showed you how to finish the house quilt made with both hand and machine stitching on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine. Today I’ll be using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to do both piecing and applique to create a table runner.

It was so exciting to receive this fabric from the Banyan Batiks Sugar Crystals collection. This colorway is called Cotton Candy. It just made me think of Spring, and I know we’re all ready for that right now! It also comes in another colorway called Sea Sprinkles.

I’ll show you how to make a quick table runner using this fabric and more raw edge applique techniques. Because I’m using batik fabrics, the edges will not fray as much as with regular cotton fabrics.

Sugar Crystals fabric collection by Banyan Batiks sitting on the bed of a sewing machine. Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine, MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot, Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

Here’s what you’ll need to get started making this 16″ x 36″ table runner:

  • 4 fat quarters for the table runner
  • 2 fat quarters for the binding and applique shapes
  • 18″ x 38″ piece of lightweight batting or fleece
  • 18″ x 38″ piece of fabric for the backing

 Prepare the backing and batting

1. Place the batting or fleece on the wrong side of the backing fabric.

2.Put the MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot on the machine. I prefer the open-toe foot with the system, but you have four other feet to choose from, so find the one you like best.

The MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot for the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine. Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine, MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot, Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot

3.Baste the layers together using basting stitch 1-08 on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 Make sure the two layers stay flat. You can press the layers together after the basting is finished so you’ll have a smooth surface for the next step when you add the fabric strips.

The LED screen of a computerized sewing machine showing the basting stitch. Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine, MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot, Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

The basting stitch is easy to see on the bright LED screen.

Backing and batting are basted together with a sewing machine. Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine, MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot, Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

Baste batting and backing together with the 1–08 basting stitch.

Cut the fabric

1.From each of the 4 fat quarters, cut 2 or 3 wedge-shaped pieces that are 4″ – 5″ at the widest point. The angles at which you cut each piece don’t need to be the same for each strip.

2.Arrange the strips as desired, right sides up, on the basted batting/backing piece, alternating the wide and narrow edges. Overlap each strip by ¼” – ½”. Don’t worry if the outside edges don’t line up exactly. They’ll be trimmed later.

Wedge-shaped fabric strips lay on a backing, with edges overlapping. Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine, MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot, Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

Overlap wedge–shaped strips on the basted batting/backing

3.Topstitch the strips, one at a time, on top of the batting. The raw edges will be exposed.

Fabric strips are topstitched by machine onto the backing fabric. Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine, MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot, Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

Topstitch strips on the basted batting/backing.

4.Add additional quilting lines on the strips as desired. I used a straight stitch, but you could use decorative stitching if you like. There are lots to choose from when you’re using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050!

Quilting lines are stitched onto a table runner by machine with an open-toe presser foot. Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine, MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot, Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

Sew additional quilting lines using the open toe foot.

5.Square up the outside edges.

The outside edges of the table runner are squared up. Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine, MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot, Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

Square up outside edges.

6.Cut the binding from the two darker fabrics in the Banyan Batiks Sugar Crystals I alternated the fabrics for the binding strips to give a bit of a scrappy look.

7.Sew on the binding.

The binding has been sewn onto the table runner. Innov-ís BQ3050, MuVit™ digital dual feed foot, Banyan Batiks

Sew on the binding.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you how to finish the table runner using several different methods of raw edge applique that can all be done on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine! I hope you’ll join us again here on QUILTsocial.

Finished table runner using Banyan Batiks displayed with a teapot and teacups. Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine, MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot, Sugar Crystals collection by Banyan Batiks

Finished table runner using Banyan Batiks

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Applique houses – basted by machine but stitched by hand

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