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Thread: A braided table runner--boy this was weird to make!

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    I had to laugh at the directions. It said something about pouring some tea and being done with this before it cooled. :lol: :shock: :lol: :shock:

    It was fun--and easy ONCE I understood the directions. One puzzling area was that it said to cut 4 2" strips from what was left of a fat quarter, but there was only enough fabric to cut 3--but they weren't needed anyway. (It said to cut a 21" by 9.5" piece off and then there's NOT 8" left. Right?)

    I've never used fat quarters before--but I had a few on hand from sales. I picked a few I thought matched okay--hey--they all have green in them! :D

    I love to put bindings on--but how to I do this one at the sides? Do I treat them like a corner?


    And she adds yet another piece to her pile that needs quilting. Oh yuck. Jackie? Are you there? Can I send all these to you? :wink:


    I added a close up so you can see the colors.


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    Oh, I like it and think the fabrics go together just fine. You should be able to bind that...just like a corner with a miter..right?? I have faith in you that you could quilt it too :lol: :lol:

    Good job and hey...the colors go just great in my kitchen...need my addy?

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    I think it looks great!

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    I've made alot of these.... I just do the bindings as you do when you come to the corners of a quilt....

    Yours is beautiful by the way! I've given most of mine away, kept one for myself!


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    Patsy--how did you quilt yours?

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    I printed out the directions for this one also, I'm glad to here I'm not the only one that wasn't sure of the cutting directions.

    I really like yours, I hope to get mine done sometime this week.

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    I just quilted in the ditch.....here are some pics of some I did
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    On the last two with the hearts I machine appliqued those on and then quilted around them as well.... being your center is blank you could put any quilting design in it...and it will look great!

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    Patsy--those are cool!! I never would have thought to make a quilt square for the middle! You're so creative!! That looks easy enough to quilt. (although NOTHING is easy to quilt for me :roll: :? )

    When you sewed the binding around that side part that's not quite 90 degrees, you took it out, arranged the binding, and started again--just like a corner?

    I was so scared to trim the sides--I read the directions over and over. It's one that is a lot easier the 2nd time. :-)

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    Love your runner! How have you gotten through life without fat quarters????

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    Karla....ya know...the more I think of it....I only did that on the end corners....for the 4 "short" corners I think I just stitched to within 1/4 inch and then with needle down, turned the whole thing twisting the binding to line up with the next edge..... I hope that kind of helps explain it.... after reading your post I went over it in my head and realized I did do those corners that way!

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    Harmony--I never owned one until there was one the perfect color for a scrap log cabin I was making. I just cut it into strips. I've never known what purpose they served compared to buying yardage. I recently bought more on sale at Joannes for barns/grass--and since this pattern called for fat quarters and the directions were going to go easier if I used them, I hunted around to find some that'd work.

    I still don't know the advantage over yardage except cutting ease? FQ at one shop were $2.50 each! That'd be paying $10 a yard!! The owner said no one thinks of it like that. :lol: I'll buy them if they're $1 or under.

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    I really like the colors you chose. When I put the binding on a table runner, I found the corners at the 135*angles worked just like a 90*angle. I just did it like I was mitering a square corner.

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    I think I know what you mean, Patsy. I'll know more when I get there. :D I'll leave the needle down and take it from there. Thanks!

    Oh jeepers bj--now I'll have to try one thing on each side. :!: :!:

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    Oh your runner looks gorgeous, actually, i dont know what to do with fat quarters either lol

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    Very pretty colors, good job on the piecing too :D

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    Barnbum...it's really pretty!

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    Directions---inquiring minds want directions to make some of these beautiful table runners! I love 'em-----is there a website, or just follow direections for French braid?

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    http://www.quiltbus.com/tabletopper.htm
    Quick Table Topper - Free Quilt Pattern for a tablerunner

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    Very pretty! That one has been on my list. Thanks for posting the pattern Country Quilter.

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    i love all these wonderful braided runners. must you use bias for the binding??

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    Love all the table runners shown. Great jobs ladies!

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    I don't use bias binding ever..... I guess I would if I was going to do a scallop edged quilt binding but otherwise I usually strip my bindings along the salvage edge of my fabric if I can, if not I cut from salvage to salvage. I do believe its a personal preference. I know some quilters that won't use anything but bias binding.

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    I love it! On my list... would look pretty w/ christmas theme! Or any holiday actually.....

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    Thanks for the link, Patsy!!!!!
    It is much appreciated! :lol:

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