Yesterday, I showed you how to create 6½” embroidered and quilted squares using decorative stitches on the Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting machine. The Stitch Vision feature on The Luminaire is an extraordinary feature that let’s you see your decorative stitches on the fabric before you stitch them. This way, you know the placement is right.
Today, I’m adding the sashing and binding to finish the reversible table runner.
Sewing on the sashing
- From sashing fabric, cut 12 strips 1″ x 7½”.
- Sew one sashing strip to the front and back of one 6½” square, using a ¼” seam. I used the included ¼” foot that’s included with the Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting machine for this seam and it was perfect!
- The excess sashing fabric at the top and bottom will be trimmed later.
- Sew another 6½” square to the front sashing strip.
- Turn the 2 squares over and fold the back sashing strip over onto the 6½” square that’s just been added.
- Fold sashing strip under ¼” and hand-stitch in place.
- Using this same method for adding sashing strips, make 2 rows of 6½” squares with 4 stitched blocks in each.
- Cut 2 – 1″ x 27″ sashing strips. Join the 2 rows of blocks with these strips, using the same method as for the blocks. Make sure all the sashing strips line up.
- Trim so all the edges are even.
- You’ll see now, that by using this “quilt-as-you-go” technique, you have a reversible table runner!
Sewing on the binding
- Cut 2 strips of binding fabric, 3″ x WOF. This will give you ½” finished binding that will match the size of the sashing strips.
- Sew on the binding using a ½” seam allowance. I used the Luminaire’s dual feed foot for this step. You’ll notice on this foot that there’s a black roller belt that’s used when sewing difficult fabrics such as leather, faux fur or silk. You move the roller belt up or down using the lever on the side of the foot. Depending on your fabric, the roller can be in either the “up” or “down” position.
- Fold the binding over to the back and hand-stitch in place.
- You can see my detailed instructions for sewing on the binding on this August 11, 2016 post on QUILTsocial.
Be sure to come back tomorrow and I’ll show you another quick project using decorative stitching on this wonderful Brother Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine.