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    table runners...question

    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?

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    I use regular batting. When you quilt them even SID they will lay flat. It doesn't add bulk to the runner.
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    I have not used batting on some table runners and used a very thin batting on others. You might try making one of each and see what you like best....be sure to show us your results

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    I use a thin batting in the table runners I make. You could also use a layer of flannel if you want. I like having something for filling.

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    I always use batting in my table runners. I use Warm and Natural and when quilted, it lays nice and flat. I wouldn't use poly batting though.

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    I use warm and natural batting in my table runners. I don't have any troubles with it laying flat. Looking forward to pictures!

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    I use fusible med to heavy wt. interfacing to back the top and then a layer of batting. This gives the topper a more polished professional look.
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    I used regular batting on mine and what I did when I washed them was iron them wet out of the washer instead of drying them....thy are perfect!!!
    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?

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    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!

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    I think it depends on what you intend to do with the finished product.

    Do you plan on putting a small based vase of flowers on it - the small base combined with the flowers on the top would make it less stable so I would opt for no batting.

    Do you plan on putting a large based bowl of fruit on it? If this is the case I would opt for batting because it will protect your table top from getting dented from the edge of the bowl when placing it down on the table.

    If you want both protection and flatness ... you can use batting and just quilt it heavier.
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    I use insulbright when I want them to double as long hot pads for serving dishes. When I'm out of insulbright I use pre-shrunk warm and natural. Both quilt up flat. I always iron when complete and after each washing.

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    Pellon fleece interfacing - it's sold both fusible and non fusible. It gives the runner body without the concern of a candle being unstable. I've never used anything else and I don't think I will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    I use insulbright when I want them to double as long hot pads for serving dishes. When I'm out of insulbright I use pre-shrunk warm and natural. Both quilt up flat. I always iron when complete and after each washing.
    I do this too with my table runners, my sister loves it cause she doesnt have to remove it from the table to serve dinner, just put the pots right on. I will say she doesnt keep anything on the runner, so I actually added batting and insul-bright, SID, and viola!

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    I use preshrunk flannel in mine. I want them to be used when I set the table for a dinner as they match the placemats. However, I set the hot dishes on wooden trivets so the runners do not have to protect the table. They do have to lay absolutely flat on the table.

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    My guild sisters go with regular or light batting, sometimes with flannel. My preference is generally regular batting.

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    Wow, look at the varied answers!!! I use craft felt that I buy by the yard. It is available in different widths and I try to get the widest.

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    I use fusible fleece, and they turn out beautiful..... no basting or pinning either!

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    I like Hobbs Theremore batting. It's very thin but a bit firm. Quilts easily. Tablerunners have some definition but lie flat. I use a coupon at Hobby Lobby to get mine. One package does a lot of tablerunners.

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    I use flannel,preshunk and it works ok.

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    A layer of osnaburg, muslin in bleached calico would make thin flat runners with a good stabiliser in centre, especially if you have a different colour runner each side,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bataplai View Post
    I use warm and natural batting in my table runners. I don't have any troubles with it laying flat. Looking forward to pictures!
    Me too! I use the leftover batting from quilts, sew them together and then SID and no one is any the wiser and I am using up all the batting, which is not that cheap!!!!! Edie
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    I have used a medium weight white felt for my table runners. It seems to stabilize them but is not too thick. It may not be the right thing to use, but to me, batting made them to unstable when something was placed on them.

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    I acutally prefer to use a heavy batting in my tablerunners, generally Quilters Dream deluxe weight cotton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    I use insulbright when I want them to double as long hot pads for serving dishes. When I'm out of insulbright I use pre-shrunk warm and natural. Both quilt up flat. I always iron when complete and after each washing.
    When using insulbright which side is up? Also, if you use batting with insulbright do you put it on top or the bottom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    I use preshrunk flannel in mine. I want them to be used when I set the table for a dinner as they match the placemats. However, I set the hot dishes on wooden trivets so the runners do not have to protect the table. They do have to lay absolutely flat on the table.
    I use a pellon product called Armo? It was recomended by a quilt teacher. I get it when interfacing is on sale at Joannes. Use it for purses too.

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