Quilting the Pumpkin Table Runner

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this blog post by Megan over at Canoe Ridge Creations. I was really intrigued by the quilting on her mini-quilt, so I just had to try it. And I had the perfect table runner for practice. This is the table runner that I made using Judy Danz’ Have a Pumpkin Good Day machine embroidery set. These applique shapes are cut with the AccuQuilt GO!™ Pumpkins die # 55323. 

Quilting was done by stitching a free-style squiggly line that was the width of my hopping foot. I just went up and down. Then I went back across filling in a squiggly line between each of the original lines. I didn’t try to match the squiggles in anyway, each was independent. The table runner looks great, was fairly easy to do, and not using a ruler with my longarm was far easier for me. I can definitely see that this would work well with free-motion quilting on a regular sewing machine as well as a longarm machine and that it may work better on smaller areas rather than going across an entire large quilt. Wouldn’t it be fun quilting for a mug rug?

Quilting wavy lines


This is the full runner on my kitchen table. I opened the leaves so it would lay flat.


This is a view at an angle so you can see the effect of the quilting and how it makes the pumpkins stand out–almost like trapunto. Quilting around the vines was a dilemma for me, and I did it a couple of different ways. The leaves were stitched in the ditch, but after awhile, I started stitching straight over the redwork stems instead of trying to stitch beside them as an outline. I really couldn’t tell that it changed the overall look and the stitches hardly showed. The thread used on this is Aurifil 50 wt in a color to match the background.

And you can see that the Irish chain squares are done with a freehand continuous curve as they’re definitely not perfectly even. The squiggly line piano keys in the border were also done free-hand. This whole thing really went fast and gave me the exact effect I wanted.





9 Replies to “Quilting the Pumpkin Table Runner”

  1. Simply amazing. I can’t believe the finished product. If ever I wanted to actually quilt something rather than just piece this would entice me do so.

  2. Love how this was done, Do have a ? How did you do the leaves and vines. Free hand or what pattern did you use.
    Judy P.

  3. This would be easy peasy with a walking foot too…. good music to sway by, and bingo, you have wavy lines. Thanks for the idea…. and to everyone else, thanks for the positive feedback on the pumpkins. They are on of my favorite designs too, even if I did do them myself! LOL

  4. I get so many ideas from this site. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love the colors of fall..and pumpkins..leaves..and I really like your squiggly lines. There is not enough time in my days to do all I want to do but I will surely add this to my list!

  5. That looks absolutely fabulous! I think I might even be able to do that one. Thanks for sharing this, and the angled photo that shows it so well.

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