I'd had the idea in my head for around 6 months to make a table runner with the fabric swatches I'd built up but every time I got them out and tried to decide how to arrange the layout there were just too many choices.
Eventually I decided I'd just have to bite the bullet otherwise it would never get done and I decided to go with 4" squares. I cut all my fabric up and then spent literally hours rearranging squares trying to get a layout I was happy with. Is there a secret to this? This was a fairly small project anything larger and I think i would be incapable of settling on a layout.
So I took a picture of how I wanted the final arrangement, carefully laid out the blocks in threes and started sewing, unpicked the second row I'd sewn as I'd put them together in the wrong order! Repeated that on the 5th row, decided I'm probably not cut out for quilting but managed to get to the end without further incident. (Actually that's a lie, but the other error I didn't spot until after I'd put the binding on
Quilted the two sides together (the underside is just a plain fleece) and attached the binding and it was finally done. And I'm fairly pleased with the result. The actual sewing took less time than the decisions about layout. Is this something you get better at with practice?World Food Table Runner
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