What a great day! I am so happy to have you here today for my post on the Antique Ribbon Tablerunner Blog Hop with Fat Quarter Shop for the launch of their newest pattern. This is a fun stitch and flip project that is easy to do and the results are impressive.
This pattern uses the Braided Border paper from Triangles on a Roll to make the borders. Normally I am not a big foundation paper piecing fan (the results are beautiful but I find it so frustrating). This stitch and flip method is very easy and achieves the same precise result as regular foundation paper piecing. Fat Quarter Shop have a video tutorial to show you how to do it. As an added bonus, ripping out all the papers afterwards along the needle perforations is quite rewarding.
|A closer look at the braided border. I always love the Christmas lines that Basic Grey designs. The bias candy cane stripe is perfect for binding.|
|My dining table can seat 10 people comfortably so you can see that this is a good sized runner. This would also be lovely on a buffet.|
Tips and tricks:
|The braids look impressive running in opposite directions on the sides of the center panel. I found the second braid went faster than the first as I got more used to the technique.|
- Glue basting: I glue basted my first square with a "Fons and Porter" glue stick to get myself started on each braid. Any washable glue will work. Just use a little tiny bit.
- I rolled my paper up and clipped it with a binder clip to keep it out of my way while sewing. I just unrolled as I went along.
- Stitch length at 1.5 : As with all foundation paper piecing make sure to set your stitch length small to make tearing out the papers easier.
- Follow pattern directions: I didn't buy the recommended amount of fabric for my center panel and I suggest that you do not do as I did here. If you look closely in the photo above you can see where I joined pieces. This was because of how the print was on the fabric and I didn't have enough to make it less noticeable. So while I saved a little bit on fabric I will now need a floral arrangement to cover my join. ;)
- Batting: Use your preferred batting. I used Pellon 987F fusible fleece because that was what I had on hand and because it keeps it's shape. I like crinkly quilts but not so much in a table runner. I didn't want too much shifting and fraying over time so the fusible helps keep everything from moving.
- Use quality thread: I used 100% cotton 50 wt. white Aurifil #2021 for piecing and 50 wt. green Aurifil #2840 for quilting. I found that green went really nicely with the Evergreen line.
|My Triangles on a Roll rolled up and clipped with a binder clip.|
|A cheerful addition to my Christmas decor.|
Click here to get your copy of the PDF pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. Fat Quarter Shop has put together a quilt kit for this pattern which you can find here.
Here are some other Bloggers who are on the blog hop with me today so hop over to them to see their versions of this project.
Anita of Daydreams of Quilts - you're here! :)
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