Friday, November 28, 2008

Quick Table-runner Part3

Stitch around trees and trunks before you sew all units together. It's easier to manipulate that way.

Next, choose a fabric for the ends of your runner. Cut two 4 1/2" by 8 1/2" and sew to either ends. Note the creased area. This will help with the next step.

Using a ruler with a center angle line, place ruler onto the center fold and the edges of the ruler will match the edges of the fabric. Trim off.

Edges should look like the picture. You can round off the pointed edges, if you like.

Now, choose a backing and of course the batting. Suggestion: For table runners, a thin batting is recommended. This makes it easy to set objects on runner that are flat.

Layer the top, batting and backing together. Secure them in place in order to quilt, using pins or clips. An alternative is a bonding spray as shown in picture. It is fast, doesn't gum up your needle and will evaporate within days.

Quilt table runner in desired method. This picture shows machine stitching every half inch or so. The trees and trunks are not quilted, lending the puffy effect.

Finally, bind the runner in matching backing fabric or a contrasting fabric. Runner measures roughly 8 1/2" X 40".

If, for any reason, these instructions are not clear, please pop over to Rhonda's blog and leave a comment about your concerns. You will receive a timely response.

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