A Child is Born Vertical

Last week I made a commissioned table runner for a co-worker. Pictures and details on what I used for the original version over here.

Another co-worker asked if I could use the same colors and pattern for a wall hanging. That one is pictured on the left.

I made one for myself in reds and greens, also to use as a wall hanging. I also made another table runner in the browns and red.

 

 

Here is a close-up of the one with the reds and green. I think the gold in the fabrics pick up the gold in the star. I also like the Christmas colors.

I usually hand bind but because this is the fourth table runner/wall hanging, in two weeks, I decided that needed to perfect my machine binding skills.

 

I learned to do several things to be successful:

  • I went from a 2.25 inch binding to 2.5. I used the larger binding for two reasons. I have a lot of 2 1/4 inch strips left over from my many projects and it bugged me that they are 1/4 too narrow for jelly roll strips, plus the extra 1/4 inch gave me just a tad bit more fabric to catch on the back seam.
  • I sewed the binding to the front side using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. I found the perfect spot on my walking foot to be consistent.
  • I then ironed and folded the binding to the back and stitched in the ditch on the front just catching the edge of the back binding.

I am sure on most quilts I will still hand bind, for this application however, I think this is more than acceptable.

Have you learned any new techniques lately?

Enjoy the Journey,     Jackie