A Quick Dresser Runner

One of the things I received in a Christmas gift exchange was a pack of charm squares in these gorgeous greens, purples and tans.  With my current lack of inspiration, I thought perhaps I’d just do something simple, just to be able to put thread into fabric.  So, I laid out the squares, putting the prints into three rows, setting the solids aside.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I sewed the sets of three, pressing the seams opposite on adjoining rows.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

In no time at all, the runner was assembled.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I began auditioning fabrics for a border.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Eliminating the very lightest, I tried several prints.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Narrowing the choices to two, there is this lighter one…

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

or this darker one.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Ultimately, I thought the lighter one would do better, so I added borders with it.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

It was loaded on the longarm for quick quilting.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I used King Tut variegated green thread on top, with a sage green Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

With the maple leaf prints, the pantograph called Maple Dance went perfectly.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Quilting finished in under an hour.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Trimmed up, it was ready to bind.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I decided to use a matching binding to the border, and sewed the binding onto the top side.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I did the handwork on the back in less time than it took to watch a playoff game.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Quick finish, I love these colors.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I had the perfect place in mind when I started this project, my dresser.  Our bedroom is painted in a medium tan with a soft sage green accent wall.  You can see the tan color under the white windowsill.  The east end of the room is all windows, flooding the room with light in the early morning.  The runner is perfect, and it has the right colors for year round use.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Now my Depression Glass dresser set has a pretty place to sit.  The colors match the walls very well.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Thanks, Val!!  Perfect choice!!  Have you made a dresser runner?

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24 thoughts on “A Quick Dresser Runner

  1. I’ve made 8 runners in the last few months…..for me they are a “quick fix” for my creative bug or for minor depression. lol….Your colors are lovely and that particular charm pack has many beautiful prints. What really impressed me is the beautiful depression glass dresser set. Did I miss a post about it? I’ve never seen one before and I collect pink depression glass. 🙂 Stay warm; hope the power is back on. I cleared 3/4 inch of ice off my car windshield yesterday—it took 46 minutes. Have a great day.

  2. Hi Carole! Perfect thing for your dresser and to cushion those depression glass pieces. I cannot believe you didn’t have something there before?!! I have two mini-charm packs that I’m trying to find inspiration for . . . and nothing is floating my boat. Maybe this is the ticket. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. karenfae

    I have not made a dresser runner but I make them for the dinning table and the coffee table, smaller mats to have a light sit on on side tables – I have quite a few charm packs and need to do something with them other then stack them on the shelf! Yours turned out lovely

  4. Hi Carole, your runner is beautiful! I’m always looking for ways to use charm packs! Yes, I’ve made a dresser runner — I even made runners to cover the washer and dryer 🙂 I keep the laundry supplies in a basket on top of the runners! The shelf over the machines is too high for me so the runners were a great option for me!

  5. Sylvia E Anderson

    Very pretty Carole. and you brought it to life in record time. The pictures taken near the window show the colors to be much brighter than those shot with interior lighting. I am busy sewing and crocheting gifts for my granddaughter’s baby shower.

  6. Linda B

    Good for you…yes, I have plans for a dresser topper…have the supplies, just need to get working on it! Yours is just lovely!

  7. Love your dresser runner! I am also suffering from lack of inspiration when it comes to my art, I’ve tried to force the issue and it hasn’t worked. So I’m knitting again, Knitting is not my strong craft but I love the look and feel of knitted garments over crochet.I’m totally addicted to the Starz Network “Outlander” series. I read the books years ago and loved them even more. So I’m knitting some shawlettes and cowls from patterns inspired from the series ♥
    With all of this cold and snow it will be nice to have these warmers available.
    Some day I’ll tackle a quilting project.

  8. Kathleen

    Pretty!! I read your post, scrolling slowly, and chose the border that you ended up using. I like your backing fabric too.

  9. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, Your Runner is beautiful! Such a wonderful project to spend time putting together. I really like the Maple Leaf quilting design. Thank you for sharing it. The project that I have been working on for the past couple of days has come to a smashing halt this morning. Our new cat, Hunter decided to reach over and knock my coffee cup over because I was not petting her and paying enough attention to her. Boy she took off at lightening speed and Kevin was laughing already, not even knowing what had happened yet, since I was just uttering some not very nice words and as stated she was running. Nothing was damaged, but some of the fabrics got very wet around the edges, I could not get them picked up fast enough while worrying about computer items first. LOL. I do have lots of projects to chose from though, so I will go and find another project. Again, thank you for sharing your lovely Runner! Have a fantastic day!

  10. Barb K

    Hi, Carole,
    I have admired your quilting–wondered what kind of quilting machine you have and what advice you would give someone interested in long arming?


    1. I have an A1 Professional series. My only advice would be to test drive every model you can before making the investment. Get the best you can afford, and that fits your body, moves the way you like, and feels right to you. I took over a year to decide on the brand I bought, and it came down to features (like hydraulic legs) and the lighter weight of the A1 vs the Gammill and others. The best thing is to take longarm classes at major shows, where you can sew for half an hour at a time, learning some moves, and getting comfortable. Have fun!! Take your time.

  11. Melanie

    I have made many table runners, never thought about using them on a dresser. Yours is beautiful. Boy, those sage green blocks drew me right in…green is my favorite color and I have to force myself to use other colors as often, but I find everything goes with green of one shade or another. LOL

  12. Carole, that is such a pretty runner! The colors sound like they are perfect for your room. I love making runners and table toppers – they’re just right for those times when you need a stitching fix, but aren’t in the right mood for a big project!

  13. dezertsuz

    That does look very nice, and it got your creativity working. I haven’t made one, but I have one, a gift from my best friend about 7 years ago. It’s a great reminder of her, now that she’s gone, and it’s always on the dresser.

  14. Rebecca Burch

    Oooh… that is gorgeous! I love that fabric! I like the simple design, too… it lets the fabrics shine!

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