A Runaway Runner

I call this my runaway runner because it’s been hiding from me for about three years. Poor orphan that I’ve neglected. When Christmas was over I decided to begin spring cleaning and the first place I started was my bedroom closet. The most “stuff” that was pulled out of there was quilting related. Can any of you relate? My lovely runner was so far along in completing, I chose it first. The runner was completely sewn and already adhered to the batting and backing with 505 Spray & Fix. I love that stuff! No pins of any kind, no baste stitching, just 505!

The next step… quilting. I decided to just stitch in the ditch. That’s the easiest to do on a domestic machine.

Once quilted it’s time to stitch down the perimeter in preparation for the binding. The only problem here is the wavy border. Unfortunately, having packed it away with the batting adhered for so long, it stretched the border fabric. Typically, I don’t use length of grain borders on table runners. I figured they don’t need the stability like bed quilts. Ugh! I guess I should if it’s going to hibernate for a long while, right?

With careful and slow stitching, the borders worked their way out! Wahoo! Saved by the needle!!!

On goes the binding slick as a bell! Moving forward fast now! Yowzer!

Doesn’t it look pretty?! I love this stage because it’s almost time to grab a cup of coffee, put some good music on, and relax with the needle and thread. I love handwork!

I’m a binding presser. That means, I love to gently press the seam with the iron to nudge it in the right direction and ease the fold-over for hand stitching. Can you see the puffiness from the quilting here? I usually don’t use fat batting but there was this scrap that was the perfect size and I just couldn’t throw it away. I’m glad I didn’t!

It was so worth finishing! I love my new table runner! I love everything about it! The color, quilting, size, and the fact that it only took me a couple of hours to finish! Wait until you see the next project I pulled out of my closet!


  1. Katrina - February 19, 2014

    What a great find from cleaning! I wish I’d find such great things when I clean my closet ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m about to bind a project now and will be trying out that pressing trick!

  2. Ann Bowman - February 19, 2014

    I found 3 UFO’s and finished them off. All 3 of them only needed the binding but they have been in this state for at lest two years.

  3. Linda Froggie - February 19, 2014

    It looks great, Mari! Love your fabrics, and what a cute pattern. Wavy borders? I heard if you starch them a lot, they un-wave. But yours don’t wave anymore. And the puffiness looks good, not too puffy.
    What’s the next UFO you are going to tackle?
    ~Hopppy Quilting~

  4. Katie Thielman - February 19, 2014

    Love the finished product & looks great on that table! Great job! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Marilyn Lessner - February 19, 2014

    Mari, I recognize the fabric because I have a UFO small quilt top all basted and ready to quilt just sitting in my closet too. It’s a Sandy Gervais fabric, right? Like her designs. Your table runner is so pretty! Colors go all year round, not just for fall.

  6. Mari - February 19, 2014

    Thank you everyone for the encouragement and compliments!
    Katie! What a nice surprise to see you here! Awesome!

  7. Mari - February 19, 2014

    Marilyn! YES! You are right, it was Sandy Gervais! I just love her stuff!

  8. Cheryl - February 20, 2014

    How nice Mari. I really like the fabric colours. Looks so pretty on the table. So what’s next?

  9. carolyne - February 20, 2014

    congratulations on your ‘find’ and your incentive to complete it. I really like the pattern