I call this my runaway runner because it's been hiding from me for about three years. Poor orphan that I've neglected. When Christmas was over I decided to begin spring cleaning and the first place I started was my bedroom closet. The most "stuff" that was pulled out of there was quilting related. Can any of you relate? My lovely runner was so far along in completing, I chose it first. The runner was completely sewn and already adhered to the batting and backing with 505 Spray & Fix. I love that stuff! No pins of any kind, no baste stitching, just 505!
The next step... quilting. I decided to just stitch in the ditch. That's the easiest to do on a domestic machine.
Once quilted it's time to stitch down the perimeter in preparation for the binding. The only problem here is the wavy border. Unfortunately, having packed it away with the batting adhered for so long, it stretched the border fabric. Typically, I don't use length of grain borders on table runners. I figured they don't need the stability like bed quilts. Ugh! I guess I should if it's going to hibernate for a long while, right?
With careful and slow stitching, the borders worked their way out! Wahoo! Saved by the needle!!!
On goes the binding slick as a bell! Moving forward fast now! Yowzer!
Doesn't it look pretty?! I love this stage because it's almost time to grab a cup of coffee, put some good music on, and relax with the needle and thread. I love handwork!
I'm a binding presser. That means, I love to gently press the seam with the iron to nudge it in the right direction and ease the fold-over for hand stitching. Can you see the puffiness from the quilting here? I usually don't use fat batting but there was this scrap that was the perfect size and I just couldn't throw it away. I'm glad I didn't!
It was so worth finishing! I love my new table runner! I love everything about it! The color, quilting, size, and the fact that it only took me a couple of hours to finish! Wait until you see the next project I pulled out of my closet!