This week my nephew’s little boy had his fourth birthday party. He wanted a special blue table runner for the party, first with trains and monster trucks, and then later, with just trains. Ah, the mind of a four year old! Anyway, after I had embroidered the three 8X8 central light blue blocks, I pieced in the darker blue sashing that would divide the blocks. I then added the end borders. Before piecing the other two horizontal border sections, I decided to quilt the sashing and end borders. This turned out to be a great decision! I cut the backing and the batting much larger than the finished size of the runner, about 6” larger on all sides. Before adding the 4” horizontal borders, I had plenty of room to embroider the quilting stitch without getting too close to the edges of the project. My hoop fit beautifully with no hooping obstacles around which to work. After finishing the quilting on the sashing and end borders, I finished piecing the longer horizontal borders. I stitched them directly to the backing and batting, which from the back, looked as if I had simply performed a “stitch-in-the-ditch”. I then finished quilting the two horizontal borders, trimmed and trued up the runner and added the binding. I honestly had never considered this option in past projects simply because that is not the way I learned to piece the tops of quilted projects, but I will definitely use this technique again on future projects. I hope this helps with your next quilted project!
Sashing section after quilting
Template on end border
Finished table runner
By the way, you will notice some wrinkling on the light blue blocks. They have around 56,000 stitches per block, embroidered on batting using a mesh stabilizer. This is noticeable in the photo, but not when looking at it on the table.