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1 pressing technique for flat seams every time!

by Robin Bogaert

Happy Thursday! If you’ve been following along this week, we’ve made some progress on the Modern Half Rectangle Triangle Table Runner we started on Monday.

Yesterday, I demonstrated how the Half Rectangle Triangles (HRTs) need to be trimmed and laid out. Today is assembly and pressing, and you’ll see it all come together with the help of with Gütermann Thread, SCHMETZ Quilting Needles, UNIQUE Sewing Fast Fade Fabric Markers, Omnigrid rulers, an OLFA Rotary Cutter, a Komfort Kut Rotating Cutting Mat and Fabric Creations Cotton Fabric. The hard work is done; this table runner will now sew together like a dream!

The layout plan for the Modern Half Rectangle Triangle Table Runner. Gütermann Thread, SCHMETZ Quilting Needles, UNIQUE Sewing Fast Fade Fabric Marker, Omnigrid Ruler, OLFA Rotary Cutter, Komfor Kut Rotating Cutting Mat, Fabric Creations Cotton Fabric

The layout plan for the Modern Half Rectangle Triangle Table Runner

Step 1

To construct the top, I sewed two diamonds together at a time (six Half Rectangle Triangle units make one diamond), using yesterday’s quilt layout as a guide for HRT placement.

 Here’s a tip to get your seams to lay flat. After you sew your Half Rectangle Triangles together, press the seams in each row in the opposite direction to the next row, so the seams nest and points match. Pin rows together at the intersections. After sewing the rows together, press the connecting seams open, as shown. There you have it – all the seams lay nice and flat!

Half Rectangle Triangles are sewn together, and seams are pressed to lay flat. Gütermann Thread, SCHMETZ Quilting Needles, UNIQUE Sewing Fast Fade Fabric Marker, Omnigrid Ruler, OLFA Rotary Cutter, Komfor Kut Rotating Cutting Mat, Fabric Creations Cotton Fabric

HRT rows 1 and 2 are pressed in opposite directions and connecting seams are pressed open to make the piecing lay flat.

Step 2

Sew the double-diamond units together to complete the table runner. The table runner is constructed out of four double diamond units – eight diamonds in total. Once sewn together, the top should measure approximately 12″ x 32″ without binding.

The completed Half Rectangle Triangle table runner top. Gütermann Thread, SCHMETZ Quilting Needles, UNIQUE Sewing Fast Fade Fabric Marker, Omnigrid Ruler, OLFA Rotary Cutter, Komfor Kut Rotating Cutting Mat, Fabric Creations Cotton Fabric

Table runner top is complete.

As you can see, the table runner created some secondary patterns with what looks like butterflies in the center and a woven effect with the elongated half rectangle triangles. Sew fun!

Join me tomorrow when I discuss some creative ideas for quilting and some alternate, exciting projects for Half Rectangle Triangles using Gütermann Thread, SCHMETZ Quilting Needles, UNIQUE Sewing Fast Fade Fabric Markers, Omnigrid rulers, an OLFA Rotary Cutter, a Komfort Kut Rotating Cutting Mat and Fabric Creations Cotton Fabric.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: THE easy way to trim Half Rectangle Triangles perfectly every time

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