I hope you could sleep last night waiting for the second part of this tutorial to be published. Well, wait no more. Here it is, yay, Stunning Fall Strip Table runner part 2. I tried a new technique that I learned when I met Marti Michell for lunch. I meant to use it the very next time I turned something inside out and I blanked. I am really happy to show you her terrific idea here. Let's get going!
At the end of part one, we were choosing a fabric for the wide borders. You can use two fabrics if you want, I thought about it myself. I wanted the strip piecing to stand out so I went with wide, 4 inch, solid borders.
I sewed a strip to one end and the little piece of fabric after that. I then sewed strips to both sides and finally both ends, encasing the extra strip. I used my same off which Aurifil thread.
I pressed the top and cut out a backing of the exact same size. After that I wanted to use up some of the batting I have left over from making quilts.
I cut off 5/8" at one end and then both sides. This was a mistake, I should have cut it off just one side. I wanted to show that I made a boo boo and it all worked out anyway. In fact, until just now when I was writing, I didn't realize I had made a mistake!
I placed the batting that was now smaller than the quilt top on top and smoothed it. I smoothed it quite a bit and now I know why. It was smaller than it should have been but the batting spread out.
I anchored it in place with fusible batting tape that I got from Marti Michell. I know that generally people use it to join two pieces of batting. But here I was using it to fuse the batting to the fabric and reduce bulk in the seam.
I now had a quilt top with batting fused onto into at the ends. No worries about the batting curling up. It was inside my sewing line so that I could turn the table runner inside out and not worry about bulk at the seams.
It was super easy to sew over the tape. If the area looks a bit big it's because I cut a bit too much off but I didn't know it at this point. I just sewed right on the tape, next to the batting.
I was nervous that the fusible tape might leave some gunk on my needle but nope, clean as a whistle. So far, so good. If you want the real deal, read about it on Marti's blog.
As I sewed around the table runner edges, I left a gap. When I got all done, I clipped my corners, reached inside that gap and pulled the runner to the outside. I love this part. I have little gadgets I use to make sure the corners are square, with all the fabric pulled out.
I pressed the table runner and I was super impressed. NO BULK around the edges, this method worked perfectly. And all it took was some fusible batting tape and a batting that you cut down but a quarter inch on all four sides OR 5/8" on two connecting sides.
If you make a mistake, it will also work out, it did for me. (Marti didn't make any mistakes on her blog.) But next time, I will cut it correctly. I didn't have the finished goal firmly in mind.
I stitched in the ditch all around the center part of the table runner. Next, I stitched the width of my walking foot away from that stitching.
I went all the way around and slightly stitched where I had begun stitching at the end. I moved over the width of the walking foot and repeated. I had measured to see that this would work out.
I liked it so much that I took a picture from the other direction so you could see the quilting in the gap. I did not do any quilting at all in the strip part. It looks higher than the borders that way.
Now I have three more to go before December 24th. Probably should aim for the 20th, huh?
And I've got those Halloween table runners to finish up also and maybe a quilt.
Or two. Yikes!
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