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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!!!!