Sassy Summer Table Runners

Created By:

Jane Spolar of Quilt Poetry

Skill Level: Advanced

Jane's Sassy Summer Table Runners are breezy appliquéd and embroidered with a pillowcased edge and no binding! The center of each block is embroidered with a motif that will fit within a 5" circle.

Jane made two examples of this runner. One is done on the Horizon MC15000 and features an embroidery motif from The World of Embroidery Designs collection. The other runner was made on the MC9900 and uses a butterfly, one of the embroidery motifs Jane designed exclusively for Janome. These designs are pre-loaded so they couldn't be handier!

To view Jane's full line of patterns and fabric collections, visit Fabric compliments of Northcott Silk, Inc

Janome Supplies Required
  • Any Janome embroidery machine or sewing machine
  • Embroidery Foot P
  • Embroidery Hoop appropriate for the design you choose to stitch (on both machines, Jane used an SQ14 Hoop)
  • Darning Foot PD-H
  • Zig Zag Foot A
  • Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot F2
  • Circular Sewing Attachment (optional)
  • Dual Feed Foot OD or a Walking Foot
Fabric and Notions Required

Choose three colors that make you feel like summer and pair with a contrasting sparkling white or creamy background. Jane used Northcott’s ColorWorks premium solids for one runner and Northcott’s Toscana mottled fabric for the other.

Print copies of the coloring page to try out some different combo’s.  For these instructions, just make sure the colors are in the correct placement for Color A, Color B and Color C.

  • 1⅜ yards of white or ivory fabric for block backgrounds and backing
  • 1/4 yard or fat quarters of three solids/near solids for appliqué (designate these as A, B & C)
  • 1½ yards of fusible web
  • Teflon non-stick pressing sheet
  • Batting: 15½" x  45½"
  • Complementary threads for embroidery
  • Fusible tear-away stabilizer

Click here to download a free embroidery design from the World of Embroidery collection from the MC15000. 

Click here to download a free embroidery design from Jane's collection on the MC9900.



1. Print the Sassy Summer Table Runner pattern PDF.  Make sure you do not scale the             pattern when you print

2. - Cut backing from the background fabric LOF, 15½" x 45½"

    - Cut three 15½" blocks from the remaining background fabric

    - Cut one 6" square of fabric color A

    - Cut two 6" squares of fabric color B

Click here for the Sassy Summer Table Runner coloring page.

3. Choose an embroidery design that will fit within a 5" circle.  If you’re using the Horizon MC15000 you can even do this on your iPad while sipping your morning coffee

Choose thread to coordinate with the fabrics you’ve chosen. Remember, you’re not limited to the colors set in the embroidery design. Jane likes to use the Color Section key (looks like two little flowers) on her embroidery screen and plays with thread color as she goes along. 

4. Embroider the motifs with Jane's new favorite method of embroidering on quilting cottons. 

Hoop two layers of fusible tear-away stabilizer with the fusible side up for both layers.  Use a little travel iron to adhere one of the 6" squares of fabric to the stabilizer and then embroider. Only the stabilizer is hooped, not the fabric. Embroider all three 6" squares. 

5. Trace the shapes from the template pages onto fusible web. Trace the quantities specified for each shape and roughly cut around each traced piece. 

Fuse all the shapes except the three circle 1’s to the back of fabrics A, B and C following the web manufacturer’s instructions.

Once cooled, cut out all the fused shapes along the solid lines. 

6. Fuse together the stripe units, following the instructions printed on the Fusing Guide that was printed with the pattern.

7. Mark the background blocks with a guideline 5½" in from each edge. Then mark the inner square with crossing lines for the center. These lines will help you center the stripe units and the circles when you fuse them to the block. 

Fuse the shapes to the background blocks as indicated on the Block Layout page and listed below. The quarter circles and the stripe units will extend to the edges of the block (in the seam allowance). Fuse carefully so the appliqué will line up when the blocks are sewn together.

Fuse the stripe units on first, making sure they extend into the seam allowance and are centered in the 5½" guide lines.

Fuse the quarter circles next, making sure they extend into the seam allowance.

Fuse the center circle 2’s, centering on the block. (It’s helpful to very lightly crease the circle.)

Fuse the center circle 1’s, centering on the larger circles.

8. Stitch around the edges of the appliqué shapes using decorative thread and a pleasing stitch. (If you have a circle attachment, you may find it very useful to stitch around the six circles.) 

Note: You can also secure the edges of the appliqué when quilting, which is what Jane did for the butterfly table runner.  

9. Sew the blocks together using ¼" seams, following the Color Placement image then press the seams open. 

10. Sew layers together as follows: Place the batting on the bottom, the backing (facing right side up) in the middle and the runner (facing right side down) on top. Pin around the edges. Using the Dual Feed Foot OD or a Walking Foot, depending on your machine, stitch around the edges with a ¼" seam leaving a 10" - 12" opening to turn the runner right side out. 

Clip across the corners and turn the runner right side out. Once that is done, push the corners out with a point turner and press the edges.

Pin to the baste and free-motion quilt.   

Everyone is Talking about Sassy Summer Table Runners

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!

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