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Thread: table runners...question

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    I keep the less worn sections of old flannel sheets for just ths purpose. It adds just the right amount of body for quilting, without adding lumpiness. Plus, I get the smile factor knowing I recycled something.
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    I use felt. It seems to hold up well after many washings and gives the runner or placemats a little body.

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    Wow! I got lots of input.
    Thank you all soooo much.
    I will be shopping for something tomorrow. I will look at what is available and decide then.
    Thanks again.

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    I use fusible fleece by pellon I like the way they lay on the table

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapper View Post
    Hi.

    A few weeks ago I asked for ideas for table runner patterns.
    I was pleased with the replies.

    I now have a few runner tops made. My question is should I use batting? If yes, then what type?
    It would seem that batting would make the runner a bit 'bumpy' and I don't think I'd want that. But I'd like some body to them.
    What do you do?
    I like to use fleece. Not too expensive if you can get it on half-price or so. And it's extra-wide so you can get several table runners from a yard.
    Last edited by TX GMimi; 12-09-2012 at 02:32 PM. Reason: forgot something

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    I like to use flannel. It gives the runner a bit of body but its not too thick. Always pre-wash flannel because it shrinks a lot.

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    In the ones I have made, I use a very thin batting.... can't give a name...just whatever I have handy

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    I always make them reversible with the seasons & always have used lite batting but I am rethinking some of my ideas. Thanks everyone for the wonderful ideas. The computer has kept me sane since I fell & broke my arm and cannot do much.

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    I used thermalon ( believe thats how you spell it) or a batting you might use for crafts. I bought mine at Walmart. It worked out good. it says it's washable. It doesn't have much poof to it though. I got the idea of thermalon from Sewing with Nancy to make placemats. I thought it would be the same difference.

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    I use whatever scrap I have that fits the size of runner/topper I am making lol.
    I have recently in the past couple of weeks completed six runners and toppers from as small as 8x12 to as long as 12X67 and used some cotton batting in some, warm and natural in some and fusible in fleece in some..all got washed and dried and all are laying nice and straight with candles, lamps, Christmas decorations or picture frames on them and they are all flat. I should mention that all were quilted fairly dense and I believe this helps in quilts laying flat.
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    I would think a fusible stabilizer would do the trick for added body. I think that is what I am going to try on my next ones. Will make it look more crisp.
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    I use felt. It is totally flat and really gives some "weight" to the runner. Sara
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    Hi tapper, I use batting in my table runners. I made one for my coffee table and I put heat resistant batting in it. Now, if I have visitors, I can put the hot coffeepot or tea pot on the runner and I don't have to be afraid of marks on the wood. It works well for me. I must add that the heat resistant batting is more stiff than the thinner batting, so my runner looks more "elegant" if that is the right word.

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    I almost always use batting especially if I know cups and drinks, etc., will be set on this mat. No, I never have found the runner to be "bumpy". Hope this helps!
    Love 4 stchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I use Warm and Natural in my runners... but pre - shrink it ! I like the crinkle look for quilts.. not on table runners. Table runners I want flat!
    I use Thermolane....it is a fleece like batt used for padding in clothing, but it works great for tablerunners, placemats. It does not shrink, so it always looks great...........I use JoAnn coupons when I need to buy.......I think Pellon makes this

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    I just came back to this thread and realized I had more replies since my last post.
    I plan to use felt as the filler.

    When I get some runners quilted, I'll post again.

    Thanks to all of you. I appreciate all the info, especially since I'm a newbie.

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