Paper Lanterns Table Runner

Paper Lanterns Table Runner

 Paper Lanterns Table Runner by Sharon Holland

Paper Lanterns Table Runner by Sharon Holland

I had the greatest pleasure of sewing with Maureen Cracknell's new Soulful collection. Soulful is inspired by nature, handmade goods, and vintage finds celebrating the gentle spirit of makers. The sumptuous collection just released in May and is Maureen's newest fabric line for Art Gallery fabrics.  

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As you remember, both Maureen and I attended Quilt Market last month and both had booths to show off projects made from our newest collections. I created a table runner for Maureen's booth and finally have the pattern written so you can make one as well! Find the the free download for my Paper Lanterns Table Runner on my Free Patterns page

I love table runners and have several different looks that I rotate throughout the year. This runner is a large size of 21" x 69". If you need one larger or smaller, simply make more or less of the blocks. If you make a runner exactly the size as the free pattern then you'll have 8 extra A shaped pieces leftover. These leftover pieces are intentional because the A shape is an A and an A reverse type of shape. Having an extra piece allows for you to play with where the prints go and the orientation of the shape in the block. 

After I had completed my runner I was playing with the leftover A shapes and found I could turn those into a cute pieced zip pouch!

I sewed the 8 leftover A and A reverse shapes together to make a rectangle. I used flannel behind the pieced rectangle and machine quilted 1/4" aways from the seams in all directions. You can you all or just some of the leftover pieces, depending upon how big you want your pouch.

Once the quilting was done I squared it all up and cut a lining to match the pieced exterior size. From there you will want to follow your favorite pattern for making zip pouches. I do not have a pattern for this but can point you to some blogs that have some nice tutorials:

The Sewing Chick

Jedi Craft Girl

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Be sure to watch for the upcoming Soulful Lookbook by Art Gallery Fabrics. The fantastic virtual magazines published by AGF for each fabric line is a feast for the eyes and loaded with sewing inspiration! You'll even see my Paper Lanterns table runner among the beautiful projects. 

Check out more of what Maureen is doing by stopping by her blog.