Saturday, April 12, 2014

Quilt accidents do happen



Hi!

A few weeks ago could finally start this table runner made with my Rapture fabrics, and God knows I would have liked to finish it in 2 days at the most! With Quilt Market getting closer on the horizon, the perspectives of finishing were washing away little by little. So I took the decision to be patient and work with the small amounts of time I could find. Anyways I wanted to take couple of pics from the process.


After being pieced, quilted, trimmed and ready to be bound, I just found out that the width of the runner was 12". I went to my kitchen table to try it and looked so thin!! The first seconds were a feeling of panic...  Luckily for me, I didn't add any backing yet :)


Thinking about a quick and easy solution for a couple of days, I managed to sew (side to side) two strips of batting 2" wide on each side with a zig-zag stitch (4.0 width). I thought that if it crossed the finished side of the runner just by a little, then I could piece a 2 1/4" of fabric on top, and it wouldn't be visible when I pressed it open (I was sewing with a 1/4" seam).


It actually worked! And... I could add a contrasting floral fabric as a border. Then, I decided to follow the same steps adding strips on the extremes. For the backing, I've selected two different fabrics joined in stripes (to have a reverse side I could use). Then I tried to mimic the straight quilting I did for the body of the runner.


The binding choice was a modern geometric dot that could look good against the floral. Retro Pop Mint, from my Carnaby St. collection .


I love how the binding looks! Of course... by hand (one my favorite steps)


Pure joy when I used for the first time!

Quilt accidents do happen, but nothing that a big dose of a desire to make it work and another one of love can't solve :)

Did you happen to have a similar moment of panic as I did?

Xo, Pat

4 comments:

  1. I think this was a fortunate accident! For me the border enlivens the topper, makes it joyful and inviting! The bonding is so perfectly chosen! Beautiful project!!

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  2. binding, stupid error, sorry!

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  3. Beautiful table runner. Love your fabrics and colors.

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  4. I love this now I want to make this.....PATTERN????

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