Leverage the Kaleidoscope of Fall

The mountains, and my little town of Murphys, are a beautiful place to be in fall. Walks and hikes in crisp air are so perfect, the birds and wildlife are active and abundant having not yet holed up or gone south for the winter, and the scenery with falling leaves and acorns and the colors is breathtaking. I adore the colors of fall and now is the time to revel in them.

Here is my oh so perfectly toned runner for the fall kitchen.  It’s a pre-quilted double sided cotton I found at JoAnn. You can cut the pieces lengthwise to get 2 runners from the lengths you procure.  I’d made the binding from the same gold flecked brown cotton you’ve seen as the new ruffle in my fall apron redo. Purl Bee discusses how to make double fold binding here – follow their quilt binding instructions except cut your strips 2 inches wide. It’s that simple for a runner:

  1. Determine length & purchase pre-quilted fabric (quilt your own if you’re so inclined)
  2. Buy or make double fold binding
  3. Sew on binding with clean mitered corners
  4. Enjoy!

The acorn napkin ties are simply plaster that is:

  1. Poured into a candy mold with a small hook placed in the back
  2. Allowed to dry
  3. Base coated white (front and back so you don’t get plaster dust everywhere)
  4. Painted
  5. Sprayed with a quick hit of sealer over the top (I always have Walmart clear spray paint on hand)
  6. Strung with a pretty fall ribbon

Plaster and links to tutorials for it are discussed in my Woo Hoo Fall’s Finally Here post.

Using fall colors provides a seamless transition from the rooms on the “forest view” side of my home to the wondrous panorama that so captivates me just beyond my windows.

The kitchen towels have been machine embroidered to match on a Husqvarna Viking Designer Topaz with Sulky threads using Embroidery Library’s Maple Leaf Montage design. You can find their instructions for embroidering on towels here. The main points for terry are always use a topping stabilizer – generally a wash or heat away, a larger needle, and with any dense design I always slow down the stitching speed. The picture shows you how well this stitched out.

Time to log off and take a stroll, perhaps I’ll snag some new leaves to soak in glycerin and find a use for.
Special thanks to Misty at Creative Itch Boutique for featuring this post on Sew Cute Tuesday!

This post is participating in the linky parties noted below. 

7 comments on “Leverage the Kaleidoscope of Fall

  1. Annette says:

    Love your napkins and your table runners. They are so festive and colorful.
    Annette

  2. How pretty. I like how you criss-crossed the runners and used a matching one on your island. They are just beautiful for the fall.

  3. Sew Woodsy says:

    Love all your fall decorations! Thanks for linking up at Sew Woodsy! I featured your project today! Make sure you grab a “featured button” and come back next week to link up more great projects!!!

    http://sewwoodsy.blogspot.com/2010/11/friday-features.html

  4. Kara says:

    What great fall colors. And that towel?!? So lovely!

  5. Melissa says:

    That turned out great. Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

  6. Dayna says:

    What a wonderful fall tribute! Beautiful runners, and very clever napkin ties. Oh! And the towel is lovely, too!

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