I volunteered to make the Ziggy Table Runner, one of the versions in Mini Charmers 1 pattern by Heather Mulder Peterson.The three designs in the pattern are intended for use with mini charms samplers of 2-1/2″ squares but work well also with 2-1/2″ strips, yardage, and scraps.
I wanted to make the Ziggy Table Runner in neutral fabrics to go on top of a secretary dresser in our new guest bedroom for foreign exchange students. For the fabrics, I used a variety of scraps from current and previous CT fabric collections and my stash for the HSTs. One side of all the HSTs was the same fabric which forms the prominent zigzag pattern. I used Solid Latte fabric from the Quilter’s Candy Basics collection.
The finished size needed to be less than 10″ x 21″. Since the pattern size was 13-3/4″ x 25-1/8″ and I wanted to maintain the zigzag design, I made my HSTs a bit smaller (1-1/2″ square finished) and omitted the borders.
The HTSs are sewn into rows following the pattern design; then the rows are sewn together. Careful piecing is important because it is a bit tricky to work with small HSTs and maintain straight diagonal lines between the units. I pinned a lot and used a positioning pin when needed.
One great thing about CT is that the fabric and thread colors are usually coordinated. This makes finding a matching thread color for machine piecing, appliqué, and quilting easy. I used regular Essential 100% cotton thread in Latte to match Solid Latte fabric. I didn’t have any Café Latte variegated thread, but it would have worked well also.
I used a Frixion pin to draw three lines 1/4″ apart along the Latte zigzag area. The lines disappeared easily after pressing with a steam iron.
After quilting, I used a 8-1/2″ wide long acrylic ruler to square-up and trim the table runner in preparation for binding.
Here is the finished Ziggy Table Runner hanging on a wall…
and on top of the secretary dresser in the guest bedroom.
The Ziggy Table Runner is one of a group of quilted projects I am making for this room. Please check back in the next few weeks to see other projects done in this neutral palette.
For other ideas to use 2-1/2″ mini charm squares, you can also check out the designer’s other pattern, Mini Charmers 2.