Halloween Table Runner Debacle

 Wednesday, October 10, 2012

As I am working through my "100 Day Hustle List", I skipped over to item number 6, which just so happens to be a Halloween Table Runner for my home.  Out in blog land there have been so many great posts of people decorating their homes with adorable quilts, table runners, and other Halloween and Fall related decor that I really wanted to get some of that out in my home as well.  Currently, I don't have a table runner yet, so I thought that I would make one.  After I had read Linda's blog post from the Quilted Pineapple about her adorable Haunted Little Houses Runner, I was inspired to make a similar one for myself but with a little bit more of a modern twist.  I had this crazy idea in my head to make the "Haunted Houses" on either end of the runner and have a chevron pattern in the middle to look like a "crooked trail".  So I bought the pattern from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company to make the cute little houses and I made them out of a charm pack that I already had by Riley Blake called "Costume Clubhouse".  They turned out pretty cute, despite it being my first time making flying geese.

Sorry the pictures aren't the greatest.  It was raining outside and very windy last night!  The lighting in my basement where my studio is located is definitely not the greatest.

Now onto the second portion of my table runner, which was the "Haunted Trails".  I saw this cute little tutorial for a small 15 inch chevron mini quilt that I thought I could use in the middle, which can be found here.  I bought some Halloween colored Kona solids to match the colors in Riley Blake's Costume Clubhouse.  The directions in the tutorial were great.  Again this was my first time with chevrons, so I had a few small issues, but all in all, it wasn't going to bad.

The majority of it was cut out, and I had the first two rows sewn together.  I just thought that I would match it up to my haunted houses and see how it looks just for fun.

Uh oh.  I don't like it at all.  What is currently in my head is definitely not translating onto the quilting table so to speak.  I don't know if the haunted houses are too busy looking or if the chevrons are too bold and bright that they are overpowering the houses, but I am definitely not feeling my idea!  Also it looks as though my sizing of the two patterns isn't meshing up either.  So please help!  If you have any ideas on how to salvage this poor Halloween Table Runner or parts of it anyways, let me know.  I could use some other "great" quilting minds right now because mine is very frustrated.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday link party hosted by Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any ideas to help with current "quilting crisis", feel free to leave a comment.  All ideas will be gratefully welcomed!  



Kelsey October 10, 2012 at 5:38 AM  

I like both parts but it's not my favorite together. What about sashing the houses together in black and then either just using that as the runner and make the chevrons into pillows or placemats? Or you could add the chevrons around the sashed houses as a border of sorts?

Deb@asimplelifequilts October 10, 2012 at 7:14 AM  

To me both sections are competing too much... I would make your cute funky houses the star of the table runner with some neutral sashing and then figure out another project for your chevrons. Have fun!

Amanda October 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM  

what about taking out the green in the chevons and then using that green for the binding?

Erin Quinn October 22, 2012 at 8:24 PM  

I love the little houses. I think the bright orange is too much beside them. I'd love all the little houses in a row (like you were walking down the street collecting cangy) and trim them. Maybe with really thin strips/scraps/chevrons of the same colours. I think they're too bold and thick. i'd like them better if they were skinny - say chopping the tops off the orang point and making them black. So it looks almost like coloured ric rac lying on the black. Or you could actually do coloured ric rac on black as a border and use these chevrons for soemthing else. Maybe a spooky placemat? I saw some awesome spiderweb quilting that would relly pop off those colours.

Erin Quinn October 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM  

I apologise for my terrible spelling and grammar. Reading this the day after, I can see that I was tired and making no sense. Sorry! E

Linda October 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM  

Look at all your comments, Melissa!!!! That's awesome !!!! LOVE your houses!!!!! Darling! I think that chevron design is very striking. A runner all by itself with that design would be gorgeous. You could practice some really cool modern style quilting on it too. :-)

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