Quick Tablerunner - Assembly

>> Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In this post we will finally sew together the top! I didn't take photos as I put together my first 2 tablerunners, so you get to see a whole new one constructed.  

 In PART 1 we selected our fabrics.

In PART 2 we cut out the required pieces.

In PART 3 we chain pieced our flying geese units.

 Here are all the pieces you will need to construct your tablerunner. You will have 2 extra flying geese units that match the ones along the long side.

First, sew together 2 matching flying geese units along a short side. You can press this seam open, or wait and press it to one side before sewing to the center piece.

 Sew one more flying geese unit to the the side border pieces. These are the flying geese with your complement fabric as the 'goose' and the small triangles match the center piece.

Sew one side border to a long side of the center piece.
NOTE the direction of the geese units - the unit is joining the center unit from the small triangle side.  Your geese units should fit exactly. If you find this unit too long, try pressing both sets of unit seams towards each other. Your main fabric may have more stretch than the complement fabric causing the pieces not to match up exactly. By pinning carefully your fabrics should feed evenly. Press seam toward geese units.

Attach the second side border to the opposite side of the center piece. Press seam toward geese units.

 Next attach one of the remaining flying geese units to one short end. These geese should be made up of the center fabric. NOTE the direction of the geese units - this time the unit is joining the main fabric from the wide triangle side. Press seam toward border unit.

Attach the remaining geese unit. Press seam toward border unit.


The tablerunner top is complete! Now you need a backing. 
I realized this morning in the shower the quickest way for me to make a backing is to use a second tablerunner! I'm going to put mine together soon {maybe tonight?} and get back with some finished photos. 

In the meantime, if you want to make a second runner for the backing, go for it!

If not, you will need to find or create a backing fabric that is the same size as your runner. Mine is 12 1/2 by 24 1/2 inches. I'm putting mine together in the 'envelope method'. You will also need a piece of batting the same size. You might consider using the insulbright kind to make your tablerunner function as a hot pad on the table as well.

I'm off to help my husband set up his class for back to school! Can't believe it's that time already. Lots of other things to share, but first, let's get our tablerunners done.

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


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