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Crossing the Red Line

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.

http://andthenwesetitonfire.blogspot.com/2012/06/piecing-very-fine-lines.html

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.

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

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

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.

Two lines added

Two lines added

As you can see, those intersections don’t want to lie flat.

Reverse

Reverse

Adding four lines

Adding four lines

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 line to one-half of top

Adding a line to one-half of top

Putting it back together

Putting it back together

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.

Adding a red line

Adding a red line

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.