The colors flow beautifully.
Trim the excess foundation fabric(s) to 1″ larger than top.
Step 10: Layers:
Now its time to quilt! First step. Build a sandwich.
The bottom layer is the backing fabric – ironed nicely and laid down right side DOWN. Some quilters use tape to keep the backing flat and tight.
Next layer is the “filling”. I like to use either flannel or linen. As my projects have a Destashification Goal, for this project I used a green linen I had several yards of in The Stash – also ironed nicely.
The top layer is the pieced runner top.
Pin the center square of the top through all layers.
Using your hands, smooth the top, moving from the center square towards the ends, pinning as you go. Safety pins are a wonderful option here. Saves the hands when sewing!
Pins should be placed in every other square in the design and then in every other strip. Pins should also be placed approx. every 6 inches in both the narrow and wide borders.
Yes, that is a lot of pins. But the end result is worth it!
Step 11: The Quilting
There are numerous options for quilting. Hand quilting. Long arm quilting. Choose one that works for you.
Photo 2 illustrates one option for quilting. Continuing the quilting pattern shown by the arrows will quilt half the pieced design without having to stop and start in another location.
Then quilt the seam between the inner and outer borders – starting at the center square and sewing towards the end points.
Repeat the quilting on the other side of the top.
I then finish the sandwich edges with a serger (shown in Photo 2 – I forgot to take pictures before I serged). However, a serger is not necessary. A straight seam sewn 1/4″ from the edge of the wide border is fine. Trim edges even with edge of wide border with a rotary cutter.
Final Step: Binding
My Stash also contains bias binding, seam tape, rick rack and every thing Wrights. I found two packages of dark brown wide double fold bias binding – perfect color!
Sewing the binding on to the straight sections is rather “straightforward”, but the corners can seem challenging.
For the end points (90 degree angles) sew along stopping 3/8″ from the edge of the corner.
Fold the bias binding upwards to form a 45 degree angle as shown in Photo 4.
Then fold bias binding down. Pin. Start sewing approx. 3/8″ from upper edge of fold.
Finished corner looks sharp and precise!
The process is much the same for the 45 degree angle. Sew to 3/8″ from the edge as shown in Photo 7.
Fold bias binding up and then down to form a small pleat. Pin. Start sewing 3/8″ from upper edge.
It might take a bit of sliding the pleat to the back or the front with a pin, but the end result will be very nice.
Fold bias binding to back and stitch down!
Your table runner is complete and will make a wonderful gift!
Here is a picture of the table runner in her apartment: