Quick Tablerunner Tutorial Finale - Quilting

>> Monday, September 10, 2012

Are you caught up?

Part One picks out fabric
Part Two Cuts the fabric
Part Three chain pieces the geese blocks
Part Four assembles the tablerunner top

Which means we are on Part 5:
 Quilting the Tablerunner

You will need to cut a piece of batting the same size as your runner. It should be 12.5 by 24.5 inches. If it's not, just use the measurements of your top.
{Remember you could use the insul bright batting to make your runner do double duty as a hotpad.}
You will also need a backing fabric the same size as your runner. This can be all one piece of fabric or several stitched together. You can even make it a DOUBLE SIDED runner by making two tops!
I'm using the envelope method to quilt my runner - no binding required!

Place your batting down as the bottom of your quilt sandwich.
Next place your backing fabric, RIGHT SIDE UP, on top of the batting.

Place your tablerunner top, RIGHT SIDE DOWN, on top of batting and backing.
Next you will want to pin around all the edges of your sandwich, leaving one 3 inch turning gap. I left mine on one of the sides in the wide goose section of the block.
Stitch all the way around and then turn your runner inside out.
Finger press {iron if you prefer} the opening and stitch it closed. You can close the opening stitching by hand or do a band of stitching, 1/8 inch all the way around the edge of the runner. You might prefer this option, especially if you will not be doing a lot of quilting on it and will be washing it regularly. {It can help keep it flatter!}

Quilt as desired. The dreaded phrase! You can simply stitch in the ditch {or 1/4 inch outside} around all of the geese triangles. You can do free motion over the print in the centre. Try to do the same amount of quilting over the entire surface - either a little or a lot - to help it keep its size after washing. 

I quilted in the ditch around the centre panel and the flying geese and stitched a 1/4 inch around the outside edge. I  followed some of the lines in the print all the way around the center panel of fabric to quilt it. You could of course free motion quilt it if you want!


Here is a PDF for you of my Quick Tablerunner Tutorial

I hope you enjoy making this runner. Feel free to add photos of your completed projects to my flickr pool at  http://www.flickr.com/groups/sewjoy-creations/

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Jackie September 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM  

Good job! And they look super too=)

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