Today marks the third and final week of the Spooky Delights Table Runner Sew Along with the Fat Quarter Shop!
This week is all about the borders, quilting and binding…
Last week I showed off the middle section of the table runner, and the week before I listed off the fabrics I used, and now this week I share with you the last section of the pattern (which can be found here) and show some behind the scenes shots of the making of the piece.
The first section of the pattern is all about cutting out the border blocks and assembling them. You get to pick the order of the blocks, all that matters is how many go on each side.
I set up my work area like an assembly line and chain stitched all the blocks at once, pressed them and then continued on. It went very quickly doing it this way.
As you can kind of see in the picture, I made sure to use my 1/4″ foot to get a perfect seam every time. I’ve said it a million times on this blog already, but I’ll do it again… Go buy yourself a 1/4″ piecing foot if you don’t already have one! They run $5-$30 depending on your machine, but I promise it’s worth the investment! There is a little metal bar on the edge to line up your fabric and it doesn’t let fabric get past, so it keeps your stitches straight and even from the edge. This means all of your piecing will match up in the end! win win.
More photos of that 1/4″ foot! It’s truly amazing.
The quilting was done on my longarm. I kept going back and forth between doing straight 1/2″ spaced stitches with my domestic machine, and freehand wood grain on the longarm. I need practice loading and using my longarm still, so I went that direction! It was a fun and quick run.
I’m super happy with the outcome, and the table runner was fun to piece together! I don’t do enough sewing for myself these days. Even though this was a sponsored post, I get to keep the runner and it was made for ME! One less thing to make come Halloween. WOOHOO!
Thank you Fat Quarter Shop, and thank you everyone who has been reading along. I seriously suggest you go make yourself one of these runners too, you’ll be happy you did come October.
Oh and make sure to stop by the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog to get the complete pattern and to get the links to all the other bloggers who participated. They made some awesome runners (and other things) too!!
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