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Troubleshooting Tips for Table Runner Quilts

Today Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries joins us for a guest blog to introduce her Kaleidoscope Burst Runner and to give us a peek at the extra scrap project. Just in time for fall, this easy quilting project is the September Project of the Month. I can’t wait to share mine with everyone who sits at my dining room table.

Here’s Lynette with her tried and true tips for finishing this table runner perfectly:

September’s Thimbleberries Project of the Month, by Lynette Jensen

Kaleidoscope Burst Runner: September’s Project of the Month
By Lynette Jensen

The Kaleidoscope Burst Runner pattern for September is a simple and straight forward quilting project using the “cheater triangle” construction technique. When quilt makers switched from using templates to create triangles to quick cutting and stitching techniques, we all searched for ways to achieve the same precision with less cutting and stitching.

The block unit in this project is a perfect example of creating unique shapes without templates. By using two squares, a rectangle and two seams; a parallelogram and two triangles are formed much faster than they would be using the traditional techniques.

The directions in this table quilt pattern instruct you to press the seams toward the darker fabric, but either direction will work. Or you might want to press the seams open instead. For some, this pressing method makes piecing the units together much easier. Whichever direction you decide to press, the goal is to create nice precise intersections where all the seams meet.

Pressing consistently will help keep your points sharp.

When a quilt does not have a wider outside border surrounding the pieced center, attention to the binding needs to be taken so the points in the piecing are not cut off, but retain that nice precise point all the way out to the edge.

For this table runner quilt project, the binding is cut a bit narrower, and stitched to the edge of the runner with just a 1/4” seam. In all of my patterns, I give cutting sizes and seam allowances for attaching so blocks that go the edges of the quilt retain all the points created in the piecing.

Generally, I like a little wider binding because I not only like the visual weight of the wider band of color on the edge of the quilt, but I also think it is easier to bring to the back side with nice mitered corners for hand stitching. However the case of this table runner, a narrow binding is best.

The extra scrap project included in the Kaleidoscope Burst Runner pattern is a very versatile pillow sham that you can use over and over again to coordinate with all your bed quilts. The pillow top is made of two identical units that are flipped to offset the horizontal pieces in the block.

To embellish this pillow, rick rack of various widths can be sewn either in the seam or stitched on top of the seam for a vintage take on the quilt design. Perhaps you have bits and pieces of trims you could use to personalize the sham. I can just see this adaptation with vintage rick rack from my grandmother and mom for a pillow for my granddaughter’s bed.

See all the Thimbleberries Projects of the Month and more quilting projects designed by Lynette Jensen in our online store.

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