After piecing four baby quilts in quick succession, I was ready to work on a small project that would be a fast finish. Combine that with the facts that my husband loves fall decorations, and that I just happened to have a charm pack of fall fabric in my stash, and you have the perfect recipe for a table runner.
Quick and easy was the name of the game. I cut each charm square in half, and I sewed the rectangles together end-to-end. Every other row has a 2.5 inch square at each end to offset the rectangles. The fabric is Rustling Leaves by Cheryl Haynes for Benartex.
For the quilting, I used Maple Dance by Karen Thompson. I knew I wanted maple leaves, but it took me a while to find the perfect design. I'm glad I stuck with it. I couldn't be happier with how the quilting came out.
I had three pieces left over from the top, so I sewed them together and cut along the diagonal for my label. I've done a lot of triangle labels before, but in the past, I've always started with a square. I like the little-bit-wonky look that I got by starting with a rectangle this time.
I mentioned at the beginning that my husband is a fan of fall decorations. Given that, I really wanted to finish this in time for him to enjoy it for a while before the Christmas decorations come out. He was absolutely thrilled when he came home from work and saw it on the table. Nothing in the world beats that smile.