Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Herringbone Table Runner Tutorial!!! ...

I just can't seem to quit making things with
There are just so many things buzzing around in my head to make...
 in addition to the quilts that I have already made:)

One of the projects that I've been planning
 is a table runner for the desk top in 

I thought you might like
 to see how I made it:)

My friend Nedra works for 
 and she recently sent me some of their product to play with.
Thanks Nedra!!!

I chose to use the
 6" braid paper for this project.
It also doubles as flying geese paper if you follow the black lines...
but if you follow the red lines you will get braids...
aka herringbone design:)

I chose to use this size because it works out perfectly
 for the 5" precut squares of Gracie Girl:)

I also used a few 3 1/2" precut squares...
I cut them in half to use as a starting triangle for each braid section.

On the paper it will tell you what size 
to cut your strips for the braids...

notice on this one that it 
says to cut the 1 1/4" x 5".

It also says light and dark but
 I just used all of the
 Gracie Girl prints on mine.

(by the way...those are the large Clover green clips that I use to keep my rolls together after opening them)

You can get exactly 4 - 1 1/4" x 5" strips
 from one 5" square with absolutely no waste.

I stacked my squares 4 deep 
and cut 16 at a time.
I used about 40 strips per paper section.
(That means I used about 70 - 5" squares for the whole runner)

I cut 7 lengths of the paper about 20" long.
I rolled it up and clipped the sides with two red Clover clips
 to make it easier to handle when sewing.

I pinned a fabric triangle onto the paper...
lining it up with the red lines and about 1/2" hanging off the edge like this.

***Before you begin sewing you will need to shorten
 your stitch length so that you also
 perforate the paper while sewing.
This way...the paper will tear away
 easily when it comes time to remove it:)

I lined up my first strip even withe triangle edges and stitched down...
using a 1/4" seam...
starting from the top and stitching past the edge of the paper a bit.
I did not back stitch.

I finger pressed it back like this...

and added the new strip on the left side ...
lining all edges up again...
stitched and finger pressed back.
If you use a 1/4" seam allowance and your strips
 are cut correctly they should line up
 on the red lines every time.

But sometimes you will notice that they are just a bit short of the red line... 

like this.
But don't worry!
All you will do is place the next strip
 on the red line and it will correct itself.
That's what makes this paper so great
 when working with small pieces.
You always have that line as a guide:)

Just keep adding on the strips until it covers the paper.

This is what mine looked like on the back.

One side hangs over more than the other...
no worries!
You have to trim off the edges of the fabric anyway:)

I trimmed off the fabric edges even with the paper on the sides...
and trimmed the ends so that each piece measured 18 1/2" long.

Then I removed the paper by tearing at the perforated lines:)

I cut 8 pieces of Jade (Riley Blake Solid)
1 3/4" x 18 1/2" for in-between herringbone sections...
2 pieces for the top and bottom of the runner...
 1 3/4" x 47"
(i cut 3 - 1 3/4" x WOF and joined on the diagonal to use for the long strips)

Here I am getting ready to pin baste it for machine stitching.
I layered it with batting and backing fabric
 that measures a little larger than the runner top.
(I like to use 100% cotton batting for table runners
 and toppers so that they lay nice and flat)

***When I sewed the runner top together...
I alternated the direction of each herringbone.
I pressed all of my seams towards the green fabric.
Be careful when sewing the herringbone sections...
they will stretch if you let them because when
 you trim them they are on the bias.

No worries though...
remember that 
you are the boss!

All machine quilted and bound:)

I used a walking foot while quilting and used the edge as my guide for the width.

I did not quilt on the herringbone as I did not feel that it needed it...
that is totally up to you!

(however i did stitch in the ditch all the way around each herringbone section...not each strip...but around each of the 7 whole rectangle sections)

I used white thread for around the section and green thread on the solid fabric.

I loved the" triangle on a roll"papers 
because I could cut them any length that 
I needed for an exact fit for Kassidy's desk top.

It looks great in her room and will protect the painted surface ...
it seems to be a catch all place for everything!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on how to make a table runner 
with cute and tiny patchwork herringbone sections!

Have a quilty kind of day...

P.S. I also made a herring bone quilt using
 3 1/2" Gracie Girl strips and no paper.
As soon as I get it back from the quilters next week...
 I will do a tutorial on that too!


FairyFiligree said...

You are one patient, talented and creative person!!!

simplestitches said...

so simple so stunning! love that shade of green you have used...lucky girl!

Unknown said...

What a great way to make a braid. I know this will be well used by "Gracie Girl"

Helen said...

I've been wanting to make a herringbone quilt but didn't know how to do it. Thanks for the tutorial!

my happy bluebird said...

Oh wow! This is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing the tutorial on how to make this without the papers. Thanks so much :-)

Carrie P. said...

that paper is so neat. I have some 1/2 square triangle paper I like to use.
Love the runner. thanks for sharing.

Nedra said...

Lori, this is a fabulous tutorial! Thank you SO MUCH for the big Shout Out on our product!!! You are the best :) We have been pondering how to use precuts with our Triangles On A Roll and you came up with one solution :) May I copy a picture for our web page and then link back to your Tutorial?

Maxine said...

Love the Gracie Girl fabric line. The Triangles On A Roll will be something I would like to try. Again great job LORI!!

Sigrid said...

Oh Lori, you just keep surprising me! This is just beautiful - I just can't wait to try one too.
My two daughters are asking for table runners and this tutorial came at just the right time!!

greg @ grey dogwood studio said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I just discovered the braid paper a few weeks ago on Nedra's site and bookmarked it for future projects. Seems like a fun, stressless project. Looking forward to seeing the upcoming sampler!

Unknown said...

Love the table runner! You are so creative and your tutorials are wonderfully easy to understand and very thorough. That paper is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Ruth said...

WOW! I'm going to order some of this. Thanks for the great tute and showing us how it's all done.

karen said...

Love the runner. Gracie Girl is my fave of your lines. My daughter and son's girlfriend both called dibs on the fabrics when they arrived. One is in elementary school and the other is graduating from high school. How's that for universal appeal?

Nancy Helpinstill said...

Love you, love your blog, love your projects! your products. I just made a herringbone using your half hexie ruler. The pieces dovetail together perfectly. Made 2 runner, one using small half hexie and one using large. And you don't have to trine off the edge since it's already cut at a slant! Yea!

Michele T said...

You make it look so easy but I am sure that I would mess it up even with your amazing tutorial - thanks so much!! I love your table runner!

Material Mary said...

too cute Lori!!

elnorac said...

Thanks for this marvelous tutorial, Lori! It's so well-written, and your table runner is gorgeous!

sewinglady said...

I love the table runner. You are one talented person!!!

Unknown said...

I do think you are my favorite blogger. Thanks for the great pictures. I have to admit that every time I open your blog, I smile at the hair dryer. Reminds me of my youth. Too cute!

Holly S said...

OOOOO!!! Love this~ Your work in amazing!

Annabelle Hammer said...

This blog came at a good time! Last weekend, I found those exact paper foundations in a box. I had packed them away when we moved to a smaller house after our youngest went away to college over a year ago. And I foolishly had thrown away the directions. So I appreciate you providing this tutorial so that I can finally use the papers. Thank you very much!

Helen L said...

Love it!!! Does the paper tear away easily?
Thanks!! H in Healdsburg

KMSC said...

I love your table runner. Thanks so much for the great tutorial.

Kerri said...

This is my first visit to your blog. I am thinking about starting to quilt and love this project. You make it look so easy. I have never paper pieced but will look for this at Quilt Festival in Houston.

Andee said...

Such a small world! I know Nedra too :) Love you table topper!

Staci said...

I was so excited about this I went to my LQS and bought the paper yesterday. How much fun!

Unknown said...

Love this table runner. I purchase some papers and now I know what I want to do with them.
Thank You

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