Crossing the Red Line

I have sewed binding to my two Christmas table runners and decided to try a new technique before I start quilting my last Christmas projects. Go to Kathy Loomis’ blog for full details.

http://andthenwesetitonfire.blogspot.ca/search?q=piecing+fine+lines

I started with a 15×15-inch square of Kona black and used long strips from the table runners for the fine lines. Kathy suggests crosswise cuts, but these were lengthwise and worked just fine. She also presses the seams to one side, but I leave them open since they seem to want to go that way. Do what works for you! This is an easy four-step process: slash, sew strip to one side with 1/8-inch seam, sew the strip to the other side, press the intersections/seams. Repeat. I used the left side of my presser foot to sew the second seam 1/8-inch away from the first seam.

Use presser foot to stitch 1/8-inch away from first seam

Use presser foot to stitch 1/8-inch away from first seam

Two lines added

Two lines added

Adding four lines

Adding four lines

At one point, I slashed each half again, adding a short strip before adding a long strip to put it back together. I also used a really small seam allowance for one of these short strips. You will need to straighten the long edges if you do this.

Adding a line to one-half of top

Adding a line to one-half of top

Putting it back together

Putting it back together

Here is the back. As you can see those intersections don’t like to lie flat. Just hold them down firmly as you sew past them. I added a red line at the end, hence the name, Crossing the Red Line.

Reverse

Reverse

Adding a red line

Adding a red line

After trimming, the piece will measure approximately 12-3/4 x 13 inches. Let me know how it goes if you try this technique. I’ll get back to you on those Christmas projects.

P.S. I hope this doesn’t post twice. I originally wrote this early this morning but it disappeared from my drafts. My photos were available but no text beyond half a sentence. Ain’t technology grand?!!!!

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

Posted on October 3, 2016, in Miscellaneous, Piecing technique and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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