Since it is Olympic time again, I thought I would continue with this patriotic theme.   FYI, I LOVE watching the Olympics!!!!  American Banner Rose Runner!

 Kind of an interesting story of how this runner came to be.  I had a Layer Cake of American Banner Rose by Minnick and Simpson for Moda in my stash.  Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it until I saw this really cool template from Missouri Star Quilt Co.  The 10″ Layer Cake Tumbler Template.  Easy peasy giant tumbler throw is what I was thinking!!

Took literally like 5 minutes to cut an entire Layer Cake. 

I had a pile of these scraps when I was done.  I planned on throwing them away, until Elaina started nesting them together and suggested I make a runner with them.  Smart cookie!! 🙂

Squared it up and added a border. 


Scooter was more than happy to assist with some bindings. 🙂

I have to admit, I didn’t love it.  I liked the runner, but no love.  I thought it kind of looked like neckties.  I figured “no biggie” because it was like a free little quilt.  Throw away scraps and stash fabric.  It dawned on me that while I thought the fabrics were beautiful, they were a little bright for my taste, especially the light blue.  I had a light bulb moment.  Bring on the Tan Rit Dye!!!  I have never attempted such a thing, but figured I had nothing to lose by trying out the process on this.  Scott and the girls picked some dye up at the store for me.  

The store only had liquid.  Not sure if it makes a difference.  I used a little more than half the bottle and set the water level at a small load.   I should have taken a photo because the runner seemed pretty brown after the first wash!!!!  Granted it was wet, but still I was a little panicked that I went overboard with the dye.  I ran it through a second, regular wash with some Oxy Clean.  After it dried, it was PERFECT!!!!

Crinkly, aged and antiqued!!!!  Only LOVE for this runner now! 🙂

Big difference from where it started!!!  The light blue is now my favorite fabric!!

I planned on using it on the kitchen island, but I think I like it on the back porch better! 🙂

I highly recommend the Tan Rit Dye process!!!!  I will definitely use it when I make the tumbler throw from the Layer Cake.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!


  • Betsy says:

    Linda, I love it!!
    By using the Rit dye you probably saved a lot of money too. The antique dye bottle is like $12.00

  • Sue says:

    It's beautiful, Linda! I love that fabric line!
    And your sweet Elaina sounds like a quilter in the making!! Good for her!

    I love the Olympics too and tonight is opening night! Oh get out the hankies!!

    God bless America!!!

  • Me and My Stitches says:

    Love it! I have often thought of using dye in the wash machine, but I'm scared! Do you have a front loader?

  • Unknown says:

    Very nice! I love being resourceful with scraps and using up all the leftovers! Great idea and I LOVE the antiquing! Gives a great effect!

  • Impera Magna says:

    Wow… what a huge difference! I am going to have to remember this trick with bright/white fabrics!!! Thanks for sharing this idea.

  • Aunt 'Reen says:

    Beautiful table runner! Love the use of your Layer Cake scraps – that was such an awesome idea to share – THANK YOU!
    I like to use Rit tan to antique' some of my stitchery projects & mini quilts. I've never tried it in the washing machine – only a sink basin.

  • Wendy says:

    Great use of scraps. I haven't tried the dye but now I think it's going on the list. Love the runner.

  • WoolenSails says:

    I love how that came out, I do have a jelly roll.
    I use rit too, I like the liquid since I can mix it with other colors to get fun shades. I only have tan, so i mix that with a touch of green and black and makes a nice grungy shade.


  • Darlene says:

    Well, my goodness, Miss Elaina is one smart cookie. I LOVE your runner – it's downright adorable.

    I've use Tan Rite Dye and always love the results.

  • Cascade Quilts says:

    GREAT idea! LOVE the results of the dye!!!! Fantastic!!!

  • Terry says:

    What a pretty runner! I have a couple of things I've thought of dying, but I haven't tried it yet. After seeing your runner, I just might have a go at it! :0)

  • Candace says:

    I love it, Linda! I'm so happy you're taking some time to quilt for yourself! Elaina had a totally great idea to use up the scraps. Do I see a budding quilt prodigy? Love the dye process, too – I need to try that!

  • Grit says:

    God idea for scraps. The Tablerunner is fantastic. And your cat is so lovly.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

  • Brandie says:

    Great idea! I'll remember this and if not, remind me, lol.

  • Linda says:

    I love the table runner and what a great tip on the rit dye…you are awesome!!

  • Karen says:

    So clever! It really came out great. I would have thought tea dyeing, but the Rit dye looks like it did the trick!

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    What a great way to antique fabric! Great idea.
    I have never used Rit dyes but when I work with Procion MX dyes I also soak the dyed fabrics with Raycafix (Retayne) so the dye doesn't wash out the next time you wash it.

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Future quilter??? Clever girl. Terrific runner.

  • Lynn says:

    Very nice! And kudos for being brave enough to dunk it in dye! It does look more your style now and right at home on your patio table.

  • Angie Burrett says:

    What a great idea to dye your runner, the end result is just gorgeous. I wonder if we have something similar to Rit in the UK…must have, just need to go and find. I hope you enjoyed the Olympics Opening Ceremony last night – I thought it was totally breathtaking and feel so proud of everyone involved – especially loved the Queen/James Bond sketch, so funny! Now looking forward to 2 weeks of sporting history. Enjoy!

  • Diane says:

    oh definitely going to have to try that-love how it turned out.

  • Mom says:

    I have done this with just strong tea. Soak the fabric for 10-20 minutes, rinse clean. It gives a good antique look. And is virtually free.

  • QuiltNut Creations says:

    Great idea! Both in using up the bits and dying the runner. I love it.

  • Mama Pea says:

    Pretty cool. Great idea! Your lawn looks as brown as ours does this summer!

  • rose says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful runner, and I am going to buy one of those rulers right now, love tumbler quilts!!!!

  • Donna says:

    Love the runner! I love making something with scraps and the runner is put to good use. I love to dye things.

  • Lori says:

    I like it so much and even more so after the rit wash!!! Love your star flag holder too:)

  • lorrwill says:

    Brilliant. I admire your trying to use up every scrap and the over-dyeing was just genius.