First of all, did you see the great video Alex Anderson posted? Click here to view it if you missed it. I'm planning on trying her "Fantastic Folded Quilting" technique next week!
And now... back to our regularly scheduled blog post... part 2 of machine quilting my spring tablerunner.
After quilting the diagonal grid on the inner panel, I stitched in the ditch around the narrow inner pink border, and then made a 1/4" line of stitching beside the edge of the pinwheel blocks.
Then I quilted straight through the pinwheel blocks all around the border...
And finally quilted a 1/4" line on the outside side of the pinwheel blocks.
I was shocked at how flat it was laying after the quilting, because I really had to wrestle that pinwheel border to fit the sides, and the whole tablerunner had been somewhat wavy before quilting. My wonderful blog readers reassured me (in their supportive comments on this post) that the waves would quilt out, and they were right!
This is the tablerunner backing that was pieced from 2 leftover pinwheel blocks, the rest of the charm pack and the kit fabric, and a few scraps from my stash. The colour is off in the photo, but it shows how it was pieced together. It's not the prettiest backing you ever saw, but it does tickle me to use up all that fabric and have no pieces left from that kit to deal with!
If you would like to make your own version of this spring tablerunner called "Dogwood Trail", the pattern is available free from United Notions - click here.