Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Border/Striped Tablerunners

What would you do with a meter of striped fabric?    Here's what I did in an hour...

I ironed my 1 meter of striped fabric.   This fabric had 5 repeats of the same striped pattern.    I folded my striped fabric, so that all the stripes were lined up perfectly (not selvage to selvage in this case).   Using my rotary cutter, I  found where the repeat started, and cut 5 strips. 


Using one of the strips, I unfolded it and laid it out on my cutting table.  I lined up the 60 degree mark on my ruler and went on to cut 8 triangles.  Because I was cutting from both sides of the strip, I had 2 sets of 4 triangles... each set different from the other.   

I then took two of the other 4 strips and laid them on my ironing board, positioning them so that they were a mirror image of each other.  With right sides together, I placed the matching triangles on the ends of the strips.  I made sure that both strips were matching.  After sewing the outside seem on the triangle, I pressed and trimmed away the excess.   The triangles need to be pressed outwards.   Then simply match up the two long halves of the runner and pin and and sew that long center seam.   That's it - 5 seams.

Then repeat with the other 2 strips, and 4 triangles, and voila, you have 2 table runners to practice your machine quilting on.




Post Note:  I just realized that on the Jinny Beyer website, she has a placemat using this same technique. It would be easy to make the runner using the same templates. Sew Easy!! Check it out here.

6 comments:

dp said...

you're a mathematical genius.... and they are cute too

Quilting Queen said...

See...I knew you were clever the first time I met you....I like!!!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Gail, Your are so very clever and artistic, they are great looking table runners. Hugs Judy

bargello said...

YOU ARE THE ONE!! BRING THEM FRIDAY PLEASE, oops
Sorry caps lock on!

MissesStitches said...

What a great idea! You make it look so easy...

Cindy said...

What a neat idea. Your table runner looks fantastic!