Monday, October 6, 2014

Feels Like Fall Blog Hop: Day 4

Welcome back for Day 4 of our Feels Like Fall Blog Hop! Today we're sharing a reversible table runner made using Greta Lynn's Fall Festival collection from Kanvas. This runner is the perfect design to showcase a large focal print, and the simple pieced back is a fun way to finish it off and provide a different look for your table, simply by flipping it over. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Fall Festival.

Hello! Fall Festival is just the essence of fall--so many great prints to choose from, plus matching plaid coordinates. We used the adorable owl print as the focal print for the runner, but the fruit print, leaves, or harvest print would work equally well. 


This tutorial uses the pillowcase method of finishing. If you'd prefer to quilt the runner and use a traditional binding, we've provided alternate measurements for the backing; you'll also need (5) 2-1/4" x 42" binding strips to finish it up.

Let's get started!


Materials:
1/2 yard green plaid
1/4 yard cream plaid
1/4 yard red plaid
2/3 yard owl print
1/6 yard each apple print, leaf print and harvest print
1 yard solid black (1-1/4 yards if not using the pillowcase method)
20" x 72" batting


Cutting:
From the green plaid:
Cut (3) 2-1/2" x 42" strips
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 12" strips
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 8" strips
Cut (1) 3-1/2" x 42" strip (for runner back)

From the cream plaid:
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 11-1/2" strips
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" strips
Cut (1) 3-1/2" x 42" strip (for runner back)

From the red plaid:
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" strips
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" strips
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" strips
Cut (1) 3-1/2" x 42" strip (for runner back)

From the owl print:
Cut (2) 5-1/2" x 42-1/2" strips
Cut (4) 5-1/2" x 8" pieces with owls running vertically

From the apple print, leaf print, and harvest print:
Cut (1) 3-1/2" x 42" strip from each (for runner back)

From the black solid:
Cut (1) 4-1/2" x 42-1/2" strip
Cut (2) 4-1/2" x 8" strips
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 8" strips
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" strips
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" strips
Cut (3) 6-1/2" x 42" strips (for runner back)*
*Cut these strips 9" wide if not using the pillowcase method.


Make the Runner Front
1. Sew a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" red plaid strip and black strip together. Sew a 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" red plaid strip and black strip together. Make 2 of each.

2. Sew the 4-1/2" long red plaid/black unit to the 4-1/2" x 8" black piece. Sew the 5-1/2" long red plaid/black unit to a 5-1/2" x 8" owl print piece. Make 2 of each.

3. Sew a 2-1/2" x 12" green strip between the two units from step 2. Make 2.

4. Sew a 2-1/2" x 11-1/2" cream plaid strip to the top (unit D). Make 2. 

5. Sew a 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" cream plaid strip and black strip together. Make 2.

6. Sew the cream plaid/black unit to a 4-1/2" x 42-1/2" owl print strip. Make 2.

7. Sew the (3) 2-1/2" x 42" green plaid strips short ends together into a long strip. Sew to the top long edge of the unit from step 8 and trim excess green plaid strip (unit B1). Sew the remaining green plaid strip to the second long owl strip and trim excess (unit B2).


8. Sew a 2-1/2" x 8" green plaid strip to the left side of a 5-1/2" x 8" owl piece. Make 2.

9. Sew a 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" red plaid strip to the top (unit A). Make 2.

For the following steps, refer to the diagram as you sew.
10. Sew an A unit to the B1 unit and an A unit to the B2 unit.
11. Sew the 4-1/2" x 42-1/2" black strip (unit C) to B1, starting where indicated. Stop sewing 1/4" before the end of the black strip. 
12. Sew a D unit to the end of the B1/C unit. Sew the opposite side of the C unit to B2, starting where indicated.
13. Sew the remaining D unit to the edge of C/B2 as shown in both the diagram and photo below.



Here is the remaining D unit pinned in place, ready to be attached.

This is what the runner will look like at this point. All you need to do is finish the sewing the partial seam. Fold the runner, pin, and stitch from the opening to the end of the runner.


Make the Runner Back
1. Sew the (6) 3-1/2" x 42" strips together lengthwise in an order you like. Crosscut the strip set into (4) 6-1/2" wide segments.

2. Sew the four segments short ends together to create a long pieced strip. 
3. Sew the (3) 6-1/2" x 42" black solid strips short ends together into a long strip. Sew to opposite long sides of the pieced strip and trim excess. *Note: If you are quilting and binding this rather than using the pillowcase finishing method, your black strips should be 9" x 42".


Assembling the Runner
1. Layer the runner top and back right sides together, matching raw edges on the long sides. Note: The back will be slightly longer and you'll need to trim it to match the front. Lay on top of batting and pin the three layers in place. 
2. Sew around all four sides with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving an opening for turning. Clip corners. Turn right side out and slip stitch the opening closed. Topstitch around edge of runner if desired.


Enjoy your new reversible table runner!

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Fall Festival, sign up to follow the blog (see options in the right hand sidebar) and/or follow us on Facebook. Leave us a comment letting us know you do, as well as telling us if you've ever made a quilt/table runner/etc. with a pieced back. The giveaway is open through Thursday, October 9 at 11:59 pm EST.


This is the fourth of six autumn and/or Halloween themed tutorials coming your way, from Wednesday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 8. Be sure to check out all six and enter for a chance to win a fun fall fabric bundle!

Here's the line-up:
Day 1Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation featuring the Harvest Song collection
Day 2Christina from Sometimes Crafter featuring the Spooktacular collection
Day 3: Melissa from My Fabric Relish featuring the Daily Zen collection
Day 4: Benartex blog design team featuring the Fall Festival collection
Day 5: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts featuring the Spooktacular collection
Day 6: Erin from Why Not Sew featuring the Indian Summer
 collection

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87 comments:

  1. Oh the table runner is so cute with those owls....Love them. I like making the backing of anysize quilt, be it mini or lap, with some of the fabric used on the front, I have not made a plain backing for so long, I made have forgotten how.......Thank you for the giveaway.....

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  2. Opps...I follow on Bloglovin....

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  3. Following on Bloglovin, I working on both at the moment a bed quilt and a table runner. The owls are cute. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  4. I follow via email (laura84watt). No, I haven't made a runner with a pieced back but it time I did!. Thanks for the fabulous tutorial and a chance in the giveaway.

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    1. Forgot email addy - laura84watt (at) gmail.com Thanks!

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  5. Sweet Tutorial -- thank you! I follow via email. I make lots of table runners but I've never pieced the the back -- I do piece the backs of my mini quilts and lap quilts though. Thanks for the fabric giveaway -- it's darling!

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  6. I follow you on email. I have never made a table runner but am thinking about making them to help reduce my stash and try some patterns that I don't want to use in a full quilt. The idea of sewing 3 layers together and then turning it appeals to me............sounds easier than binding it.

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  7. Oh sew cute. The fabrics just sing Fall. Thanks for a chance.

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  8. I already follow with Bloglovin. I've made a table runner but not with a pieced back. However, I have plans on making one that's winter on one side and Christmas on the other.

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  9. I follow thru emails. I have never made a table runner before but with your tutorials I believe I can make one. I have learned so much from these tutorials and I just want to thank you for teaching us how to make this Halloween runner as well as a pieced back.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  10. I follow via e-mail. I've never made a table runner, but they look like a fun quick project.

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  11. This is so cute! I already follow you both ways!

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  12. I follow by email. I have made a table runner with a reversible back - but it seems I never use the back! I think I would with this one!

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  13. I follow be email, GFC and FB. I have made table runners but now with pieced backs. Thanks for showing how to do the partial seams.

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  14. Follow via bloglovin. I've only done pieced backs with big chunks to get a back that was big enough. Great way to use up a stash!

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  15. Love the lattice effect and those owls! I follow the blog by email newsletter, and I follow on facebook as Liz Tillstrom. I have never made a runner with a pieced back, but I have done some mini quilts that way. I love the idea of having a reversible runner! Perfect for changing themes, or just having two in one!

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  16. I follow by email/blog. Yes, I have pieced any number of backs. Every quilt has two sides, why not be interesting? I have a pieced back in process, and am in the throes of making a reversible quilt for a retirement gift. Reversible is like two gifts in one. This is a cute project.

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  17. I follow you by email. I've used pieced backs before, but it's usually because I didn't have a piece big enough for the back, not that I planned to do it that way. Pieced backs are really nice for baby quilts though because then they become reversible.

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  18. I do Follow..thru Bloglovin & Email both! :) LOOOOVE this Faric! & the Table Runner is Awesome! Perfect for Fall! I have never made a pieced Back on a tablerunner, or even a quilt (YET...lol) A two-sided Runner is an Awesome idea....don't have to wash as often! giggle...

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  19. I follow via email. No never done a pieced back but I think I may do now! Thanks for a lovely giveaway

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  20. I follow you on bloglovin'. Thanks for the chance to win- love the projects being shared! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  21. This table runner is so adorable! I follow on Bloglovin. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  22. I follow via email and Facebook. I haven't used a pieced back on a table runner but have used them on quilt backs. The table runner is really cute!

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  23. I follow your blog via e-mail. I have only pieced backing with the same fabric. Using different fabrics has gotten pretty popular, so I'm sure I will do it at some point.

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  24. I love the owl fabric in this table runner! Adorable. I follow via email. I've pieced large quilt backings but never a table runner backing. Good way to use up left bits of fabric, however.
    k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  25. I'm a follower via Bloglovin and GFC. I've pieced some backs before, but it was because I ran out of fabric. I see more and more pieced backs which makes both sides really pretty. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. I love the owl fabric and all the coordinates that make it pop!! I usually use just bleached muslim on the back of my quilts and have yet to do a table runner.... hmmmm.
    I follow your blog with RSS (the easiest way for me) but it also comes in my mail and bloglovin.

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  27. I follow via email and on facebook!
    I love pieced backs!

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  28. Your runner turned out very nice. I piece backs all the time. Mostly to use up fabric or I ran out of something. No one knows the difference, sometimes I just pretend it's 2 sided. I am a follower by E-mail and BL.

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  29. I follow rough email. Such a cute table runner. I have not made a runner with a pieced back yet. I have started liking pieced backing so for quilts so I think I will give the runner a pieced back someday too.

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  30. I follow your blog on bloglovin. I love this table runner! So cute! I love the owl print and would definitely like to make something fun with it!

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  31. Oops! I forgot to say that I have never made a table runner before with a pieced back but I've done some quilts with pieced backs before!

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  32. I follow by email

    Increasingly, in a bid to use my stash, I am piecing the backs of quilts. Nothing fancy - just very wide strips or large squares.

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  33. I follow by email newsletter. I am just getting into pieced backing. I made 6 Christmas table runners for this years gifts but was not thinking pieced backings then - now I am loving the idea of a little something from the front on the back - like left over blocks down one side or in corners.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  34. I follow by email. I just finished my first quilt with a pieced back and plan to use them more often..so much more interesting!

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  35. I follow via GFC and email. I often make quilts with pieced backs. I have made a couple runners with pieced backs so they would be reversible.

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  36. I follow via bloglovin' and GFC. Yes, I have made some table runners, would love to try this one. My favorite I ever made was one for my Mom for Christmas --just quilt squares but it came out wonderful.

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  37. Following you with Feedly!! I've done a few runners.. nothing pieced back yet tho I will be making one like that for my own table shortly!

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  38. Wonderful line! I've followed you for a long time! Only one table runner with a pieced back (reversible) but I often have a pieced back on other sizes of quilts using left-over blocks!

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  39. Great tutorial and table runner. I follow your blog via email. I like to make pieced backs on as much of my quilting as possible.

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  40. I follow and I love the fuchsia colored owl! Thanks for the chance.

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  41. This runner is fabulous.I've made a table runner but not with a pieced back and now I love the idea of doing one.

    I follow by email.Thanks

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  42. This is an adorable table runner!! Love the owl print!!

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  43. I follow on Bloglovin.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  44. Yes, I have made a quilt with a pieced back. Your runner is adorable!
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  45. I follow via email and bloglovin so I don't miss anything :)
    And yes, I have made a table runner with a pieced back. I made one for my daughter - Easter on one side and Valentine's day on the other. She loves it!

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  46. I have never pieced a back before! Love your table runner!~

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  47. I already follow via email. I usually piece my quilt backs, but I haven't pieced a back for my table runners yet. Cute fabric and pattern.

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  48. Love the table runner with the adorable little owls. I have pieced a quilt back before and I loved the look of it so I will be doing it again. Thank you so much for your giveaway. I follow via GFC.

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  49. Pretty table runner - no I've never made one, but would love to try.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  50. Already following via Bloglovin.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  51. I already follow by blog lovin and facebook. I have never made a table runner with a pieced back but I think it is a wonderful idea

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  52. Love the Owls, THanks for the runner tutorial. Looks easy enough for a novice like me. Y Yes, I just finished my first runner w/a pieced back (Very scrappy pieced) and it's w/a friend to stipple it as a gift to me.

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  53. I am a follower! I have made several runners that I have had to piece the back because they were so long. They turned out just fine!

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  54. Hi there! I follow the blog on Bloglovin and read every post! I have made a pieced back on a mini wall hanging, but I have yet to make one on a tablerunner...I will give it a try!

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  55. I follow you on Bloglovin. I have not (yet) made a table runner with a pieced back, but I would love to do one..

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  56. I follow you on Facebook. I usually always use a pieced back on my quilts (because I never have enough of the same fabric!).

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  57. I follow the blog on email. I have never made a pieced back for a table runner.

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  58. I follow the blog by email, the Facebook site and get the preview pack. I haven't made a pieced back on a quilt, it certainly looks good in the pictures though.

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  59. I prefer the look of a pieced back on the quilts I make, it is like having a double sided quilt! I've never made a table runner but I love the idea of a reversible one. I follow with bloglovin

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  60. Following you on facebook & bloglovin. I have made a couple of pieced backs- usually with borders. I love cutesy owls - thanks so much for the tutorial & the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi@yahoo.com

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  61. I really like the way that the fabrics appear to weave through this runner. I just finished the Falling Leaves table topper and used the extra scraps to piece the backing on it. It always adds excitment to the back of a quilt. Yes, I follow the blog.

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  62. I follow via bloglovin. I have made a couple of quilts, but I have actually never done a table runner. Looks like fun. :)

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  63. Love the table runner! No, I've never done a pieced back on a table runner.
    I follow via email and FB.

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  64. I follow via bloglovin. I like the tutorial very much . I have never made a table runner with a pieced back before
    cooladam1 at live dot com

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  65. I am a bloglovin follower.

    I have never made a table runner even though I have a lovely pattern that I keep wanting to make.

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (d0t) c0m

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  66. I already follow you on FB. I LOVE this table runner the way the fabrics criss-cross and the owls are just too cute.

    I have not pieced a back on a table runner I've made yet.
    vburr at charter dot net

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  67. I have not made a tabke runnerm this one is very cute. I am just learning to piece backings. I follow on bloglovin

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  69. I would like to make a fall table runner. I follow you on bloglovin. Dahlgren0609 at Gmail dot com

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  70. I also follow you on Facebook. Dahlgren0609 at Gmail dot com

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  71. Loving this series! Your tablerunner is lovely. I often piece my backs on quilts and have done it with tablerunners as well. I think it adds alittle something, hehe. I'm a follower on BlogLovin.

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  72. I follow you via Bloglovin and Facebook. Thanks for the chance to win this fun fabric. I've never put a pieced back on a table runner. I love the idea!

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  73. I follow you via Bloglovin'. Since all my table runners are used like placemats, I often will piece the back so it's reversible. Thanks for the give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  74. Followed on Facebook! I've never made a quilt with a pieced back, and am looking forward to making my first one.

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  75. Already follow your blog via email and facebook. I love your tablerunner and your detailed tutorial is fabulous. I have made tablerunners with backs. Thanks for the chance.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  76. Yes, I have pieced quilt backs. I follow your post via Bloglovin. b.j.day68@gmail.com

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  77. I follow the blog via email. I have used pieced backs on quilts mainly due to need, as I did not have a wide enough backing fabric. But I did enjoy the look of a the pieced back at the end.

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  78. I follow the blog with Google friend connect. I have not used a piece backing on any pieces, though I plan to try one in the future.

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  79. Day 4 Benartex FQs - wow the fabrics are gorgeous. I have made many table runners but would like to make myself one with these fabrics. I have only pieced backings when I didn't have enough of one fabric - it was not an arty pieced backing or an intentionally pieced backing - more one of necessity - however I am beginning to like the idea of a pieced backing with something from the front put on the back.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  80. I have never used a pieced back but my mom does all the time. Her quilts are far better than mine will ever be. It is a great way to use up fabrics or add a different element to the overall quilt design. I am a Facebook follower.

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  81. I follow via email. I have made table runners with pieced backs but only because of a shortage of fabric or to use up the scraps of the top fabrics not to create a reversible topper. I need to change my thinking as several toppers are really reversible and I never realized it. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway.

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