Zig Zag Charm Pack Table Runner


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  • Ann,

    Jenny, I have only bbeen quilting for 7 months, and you have inspired me with the easy directions. I have used 3 of your tutorials, but my favorite so far is the jelly roll race. Now I am going to make this table runner with one of the many charm packs I have purchased from your company. Thank you!

    • JenM

      We’re so glad you’re enjoying the tutorials and trying them out! Thank you for your purchases. We would love to see some of your work – just use the Show & Tell form on the right of this page.

  • Annette Jones

    Jenny, I agree with Ann. I have done a couple of projects thanks to your easy tutorials and they come out looking great! I have one question for you. Do I need to use a walking foot to do my stitch in the ditch or should it be fine since the outer edges have already been stitched and secured? Also, this might be a great time to practice my meandering. Do you think that would work too?

    • JenM

      Hi Annette! We’re so glad you’re enjoying the tutorials! The walking foot really helps you ease the layers through the machine as you stitch. It certainly can be done without, but you’ll find you have to push through harder and stitches may not be as consistent. I think practicing meandering is a wonderful idea! Have fun!

  • Hi Jenny, I came upon your first tutorial on youtube when I was looking for aprons, and you sucked me right into MQC! Thank you! I’ve been watching many of your tutorials on quilting, which I never expected to be as enthusiastic as I am now. My question is regarding sewing machines. Being a newcomer to sewing, I don’t have one. I’m thinking about getting a Janome since I have seen so many good reviews including seeing your Janome on your tutorials. May I ask what type you have and if it is a good one for a beginner and one that will allow me to do quilting as well.

    Thank you again!

    • JenM

      The Janome is a great and is seen in many of our tutorials, but Jenny now uses BabyLock. You can check out their many models on the BabyLock website, such as the Jane and Molly models. As for beginner machine, look for additional stitches like zig-zag and blanket stitch and easy to load bobbin and walking foot. Something with more room in the ‘throat’ of the machine makes free motion quilting easier, too.

  • Debra Sonner

    I get so caught up in being perfect, and as a novice sewer I am NOT perfect. Thank you for your inspiration, and for giving us the courage to JUST DO IT, not worrying about perfection! LOVE your teaching style Jenny.

    • JenM

      Perfect? We don’t say that around here 🙂 If you’re trying and having fun, well..then perfect! Glad you’re enjoying everything. Have fun!

    • Patricia B.

      Hi Jenny – I too am a new quilter – I started when I wanted to make something special for my professor. Then this year I discovered you – I tried to make the Jacob’s Ladder and it was pretty good. I am giving it to my mother in law when I finish stitching it (hand quilted) for Thanksgiving. To give myself a break from the stitching I ordered some fabric from you and using the Fusions Bloom charm pack I made the Zigzag Table runner using your tutorial. It is the first piece I have made for myself and it sits proudly in my living room with a very special lamp. I wanted to upload a picture but it is over the 2mb allowance so I don’t think I can. Suffice to say this is a wonderful inspiration to me. Thank you for being so giving and creative.

  • Linnea O’Bannon

    Hi, Jenny,
    Thank you for all you do. Your tutorials are inspiring and fun..especially for us beginners. My question is, i am not clear about whether or not the backing piece is layered in with print side up or down, when making the quilt sandwich, on top of the batting. Can you lease let me know? Thank you again.

    • JenM

      Thanks for asking. You layer the top piece right-sides together with the back piece and place those on top of the batting. So, yes, the patterned side of the back piece would be facing up on top of the batting and then the right side of the top will be facing down on top of that.

  • jcislordamen

    Whoa…. WHAT??? Tell me about that iron? Never seen such a thing!! Yes, I’ve led a sheltered life!!!

  • Tina

    What a great project! I can’t wait to try it out this weekend.

    • JenM

      The weekend is here! Hope you’re getting the chance to try this one!

  • Debbie

    I want to make this runner. I will have to purchase the backing fabric. Would you tell me how much fabric to get?

  • Diana

    I met up with three friends for a mini quilt/crafting retreat at a hotel in Kankakee, Il. We watched your tutorial and I made three table runners in no time. I’m relatively new to quilting, and this was so easy, love it. I’m adding them to my stash of gifts for the holidays. I love your tutorials!!!!

  • Lauren

    what is the seam allowance? one fourth?

  • Pitsa

    Please please could you add subtitles or captioning to your videos like you used to.
    I am hard of hearing and would love to be able to follow this
    Tutorial. Sadly I cannot find the transcript eirher

  • Jenny Lynn

    In this video you say you are using a whole charm pack but the one you hold up at the start only has 4 rows of 5 charms. I made it with the whole charm pack (42 pieces) and got 1/2 yd. for my backing. That is not enough for the completed charm pack. At least what I got wasn’t enough! I am just starting out so should I get 1 yd.?

    • SarahMSQC

      You will need a yard and a half for backing depending on the finished size. (1.5-2yards would give you more than enough) We sure apologize for the confusion. Charm packs vary in amounts, and the great thing about this pattern is that you can make it small or big! Hope this helps!

  • Miranda

    Love this runner! I was looking for a pattern to make something special for a friend’s birthday. I’m not a quilter, but I could do this. My Janome tends to “bunch up” the fabric underneath when sewing through batting (even with the quilting foot); do you have any tips for getting that smooth finish?

    • Linda

      Try using a walking foot. Really helps when you have lots of layers to go through.

  • Janet Archer

    Just made one and it’s so awesome.. So much fun. I’m a beginner at Quilting and these Tutorials are so easy to follow and very helpful. Learned so much from watching them. Thanks for helping me Jenny..

  • Linda McMahan Bishop

    I made two of these. One for my mom for Easter and one for a wedding gift with patriotic colors. Loved the tutorial.

  • Kelly Thomas

    Just love her, wont die over it !!!! me either, it is what it is, I dont ever panic !!