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"Hallowitchy" Table Runner


What you’ll need

Yellow-Orange Batik:

  3-  10” x 10” embroidered blocks

Halloween Themed fabrics:

12-  3” x 3” Halloween themed fabrics for block corners 

Black Kona Cotton:

  4-  2 ¼” x 9 ½” sashings between blocks, left and right border pieces              

  2-  2 ¼” x 34” top and bottom borders

Purple Batik:

  2-  1” x 13” left and right flanges

  2-  1” x 34” top and bottom flanges

Moon and Stars themed fabric:

  2-  2 ¼” x 13” left and right outer borders

  2-  2 ¼” x 38” top and bottom outer borders

Orange/Black Stripe:

  1- 18” x 39” backing

  1-  2 ¼” x 120” binding

Cotton Batting: 

   1- 18” x 39”


3-Tearaway stabilizer to fit hoop

Black embroidery thread

3- colored embroidery thread to coordinate with fabrics for text in blocks

Print out of embroidery design

Sewing thread to coordinate with fabrics

Thread for quilting

505 Spray Adhesive

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  • Be sure to read through all the instructions before beginning.
  • There is a schematic of which fabrics go where, with the sizes in the next picture.
  • Gather all the supplies.
  • Wash, starch, and press all fabrics.
  • ¼” seams are used throughout.
  • Measurements listed are cut measurements—for borders and flanges, the width is accurate and the length will be trimmed after sewing. For the embroidered blocks, they are cut down after embroidery.
  • If measurements are changed to fit what you’d like, be sure to allow for extra fabric.
  • When the corner squares are sewn onto the embroidered blocks, “Snowball” quilt blocks are formed.


  • Here is a layout of the cut fabrics, with a swatch of the fabric.
  • The widths of the flange and border pieces is final width; however, the lengths are longer and will be cut down after stitching them on.
  • The corner block sizes are final cut sizes.
  • The block fabrics for embroidery are cut larger and then cut down after embroidery.
  • The binding is cut the width, and extra length is given for turning corners and finishing.
  • The backing and batting are cut 1” larger all the way around.

  • With some fabrics, the wrong side may be used instead of what is considered the right side; it may give a color that is better for the project—the decision is yours.
  • Print a copy of the design.
  • Find the center of the cut fabric to center the embroidery design.

  • Determine the fabrics that will be used around each of the three embroidered squares.
  • Cut the fabric to be embroidered. For the project, the yellow-orange batik fabric was cut 10” square.

  • Find the center of each square. To do this, lay a ruler from corner to corner and mark with chalk.

Machine prep and hooping

  • Load the design on the machine.
  • Black thread is used for the circle around the text.
  • Choose an embroidery thread color to coordinate with the squares that were chosen to go around the center block.


  • Center and hoop one piece of fabric with a piece of tearaway stabilizer.
  • Stitch the design with the chosen colors.
  • Remove the embroidered fabric from the hoop and remove the excess stabilizer.
  • Repeat hooping and stitching two more times with the other chosen thread colors.

  • Press the fabrics and square them up to 9” square, centering the embroidery.

Corner squares

  • Cut the 12- 3” x 3” corner squares from the fabrics.
  • Lay out the squares as planned.
  • Draw a line from corner to corner as shown by the dotted lines.
  • At the sewing machine, stitch about one thread width inside the drawn line, backstitching at each corner.

  • The lines show how the squares are sewn onto each corner.
  • After sewing on each corner, press to set the seams.
  • Flip each corner up and press into position.

  • Find the seam and fold back the background fabric.
  • Trim the excess corner fabric to ¼”.
  • Repeat for all corners on all blocks.

Sashing, flange, borders

  • Press all the corners back into place. If desired, place a little tack of glue in each corner to tack the corners to the background fabric.
  • Audition fabrics from your stash for the sashings, borders, and flange pieces.
  • For the project, black Kona cotton sashing and top and bottom borders were added.
  • Purple batik fabric was chosen for the flange.
  • A moon and star themed fabric was used for the outer border pieces.
  • For this project, everything was pulled from scraps in the stash.


  • Cut the 4 sashing strips.
  • For the project, the strips were cut as stated in the materials list.

  • Place right sides and together and sew the sashing pieces to the left and right sides of the left and right blocks.
  • Sew the pieces on using a ¼” seam.
  • Set the seams and then press the seams toward the sashing.
  • Trim the sashing pieces even with the embroidered blocks.

  • Next, sew the middle block to the left and right blocks at the sashing pieces.
  • Cut the top and border pieces.
  • With right sides together, sew them to the top and bottom of the blocks section.

  • Set the seams and press the seam toward the border.
  • Square up and trim the borders even with the sashing strips on each end.

  • Measure and cut the flange strips.
  • For the project, the flange pieces were cut as stated in the materials list.
  • Press the flange strip in half lengthwise.
  • Measure and cut the flange pieces longer than the left and right sides of the sashing.

  • Baste the flange pieces on the left and right sides, sewing about 1/8” seam.
  • Trim the flange pieces even with the top and bottom borders.
  • Cut flange pieces the length of the top and bottom borders.
  • Baste on the top and bottom flanges.
  • Square up and trim the flange ends even.

  • The table runner should look like this now.
  • Next will be to add the outer borders.

  • Cut the left and right border strips.
  • Sew them on and press the seam toward the border.
  • Square up the borders at the top and bottom.

  • Cut the top and bottom borders pieces.
  • Sew on the borders, press the seam toward the border.
  • Square up and trim the border pieces.

Final Steps

  • Cut a piece of batting about 2” larger than the table runner top.
  • Cut a piece of backing fabric 2” larger than the table runner top.
  • Sandwich the table runner: backing fabric wrong side up, batting, table runner top right side up.
  • Pin or spray baste the quilt sandwich.
  • Choose a thread color for quilting.

  • Quilt the table runner as desired.
  • For this project, all the seams were stitched in the ditch first, and then a random web-like stitching was done.
  • Hint: use quilting gloves to help grip the fabric while quilting.

  • After the quilting is finished, square up and trim the table runner.
  • Cut bias strips of fabric for the binding and sew them together to form one long strip.
  • Stitch the binding on using your favorite method.
  • For this project, the binding was pressed in half lengthwise, sewn to the back, pressed to the front, and a blanket stitch used with black embroidery thread to stitch it down.
  • The table runner is completed.
  • The colors pop and it’s a great way to use up smaller fabrics from your stash.


Congratulations! Whether for yourself or a gift, learning new ways to use embroidery designs increases your enjoyment of stitching. There is no doubt your project will be a “Grand Slam!”

By the “Grand Slam Designs” Team



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