Using 2-1/2” strips from Charlottesville, I made this beautiful table runner from the book Fresh Fabric Treats and completed it in a day. That included borders, quilting and binding. There was relatively little prep. Every other center strip is gathered to give a look of texture and dimension to the table runner. The center was quilted “in the ditch” and the border was quilted every ½” from the inside of the binding.
The gathers were a bit tricky as I have not done them in years, but after the first one it was easy to understand the process. I found it trouble-free to place a basting stitch just shy of a ¼” so there was ample room to gather the fabric. Here’s my tip for that step: keep the gathers about a ½” – 1” away from the ends. I didn’t and it distorted the center. It was difficult to bring it back into alignment. I love the look and it's so unusual. It's worth the little bit of extra time for the gathers.