Welcome to Week 17 of Gifty Galore!
My Crosswise Table Runner can be found in Fast, Fun, and Gifty .
For my own sample, I chose patriotic colors from the Quilter’s Candy Basics collection.
The first step was to cut out all the pieces and organize them by color.
The second step was to organize them by size.
The third step was to organize them by rows and sew the units into a row. It helped to use a piece of fabric to identify the row being sewn. I pressed all the seams in a row in one direction and alternated the direction of the seams in the next row so they would nest when the rows were joined.
Chain piecing each row was also helpful but I had to pay close attention to the order of the units since a secondary pattern of crosses is formed when the rows are joined.
The fourth step was to sew the rows together. A design wall also facilitated keeping track of the units in the rows. Sewing the rows together was easy; there are not a lot of matching seams. However, I quickly found out it is important to pay attention to aligning the seams in the top and bottom of each cross – which are a row apart separated by the longer unit that forms the middle of each cross. It will be noticeable if they are not aligned and the cross will be misshapen.
I chose a simple diagonal crosshatch quilting design using the corners of each unit as guides. Frixion pens worked well to mark the lighter areas and a chalk marker (an old ChacoLiner filled with Ultimate Pounce Powder) worked for the lighter areas … each disappeared easily with pressing.
I used a variegated thread in patriotic colors to quilt the table runner.
For the binding, I chose a favorite print (no longer available) from the Liberty for All collection.
I hope you enjoy the Crosswise Table Runner. The pattern is available in Fast, Fun, and Gifty and as download 910076D Crosswise Table Runner on the CT website. It is a versatile pattern with a modern vibe. You can change the fabrics to match the seasons or your decor… or make it scrappy!
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