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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?!!!!
I have sewn the binding to my two Christmas table runners and decided to try a new technique (piecing very fine lines) before working on my last Christmas project (another UFO). This is a technique by surface designer Kathy Loomis- go to her blog for the details.
I started with a 15-inch square of Kona black and 1/2-inch white strips–I had long lengthwise cuts left from the table runners. I don’t always follow directions because I just do what works for me but it really doesn’t matter because this is a can-hardly-go-wrong process with four steps. Cut the fabric, sew a strip to one side, sew the same strip to the other side, press. I pressed the seams open since they naturally wanted to do that instead of to one side.
I used the left edge of the presser foot to stitch approximately 1/8-inch away from the initial stitching line. After adding a second line, you will need to press the intersection seams and hold them down as you add new strips.
As you can see, those intersections don’t want to lie flat.
At one point, I made a slash, then added a short strip to each side in a different spot, then sewed a long strip between the two halves. You will have to trim the long sides before you put them back together if you do this. I also made one strip with a smaller seam allowance.
Adding a final red line. As you can see, the edges will need to be trimmed. My 15-inch square will trim up to approximately 12-3/4 x 13 inches.
So there’s my fun for the day. Try this out and add your own twist! Let me know how it goes. In the meantime, I’m digging out another Christmas UFO–some blocks I made as samples for a block of the month sampler quilt a few years ago.