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Kathy Gehring posted on Sun, Dec 4 2011 7:38 PM

Hi,

I'm usually the one that reads a lot of the posts but hardly ever contributes something myself, but tonight I'm at a loss.  I have created a new table runner using the Seminole Table Runner pattern.  When I lay the runner out flat, the edges pucker.

The center of the runner is fine; it's laying flat.  The outside is not.  How do I fix this?  The border that is on it is the inner, small border.  Another wider border is supposed to be put on, but I don't want to sew it on until the whole thing lays properly.  Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks for your help,

 

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It looks like your border is the wrong size, to large.  To get the correct size you need for the border measure the MIDDLE of the quilt.  Often if you measure the outside the edges have stretched, especially if they are on the bias.  Hope this helps

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Elizabeth is right :-)  I've had the same thing happen because I measured in the wrong place.  Measure straight down the middle of the pieced blocks to get your border length & then the borders should lay flat, too.

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I'm not sure about the borders.  The runner is pointed at both ends, making the actual middle longer than the sides.  I'll try it though and let you know what happens. :-)

Thanks for the suggestions!

 

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That does make it a bit more difficult.  Can you measure down the center and subtract for the points???

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can you post a picture of the entire runner???  It sure looks pretty

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Thank you very much.  I'll post a picture of the entire runner tomorrow morning.  My sewing area is in the garage and it's already locked up for the night.

Good night everyone!

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gini replied on Sun, Dec 4 2011 9:24 PM

kathy, measure down the middle from where the pointy part ends.    another trick is to put the border on the bottom when you are sewing.   the feed dogs will very slightly gather the bottom fabric, making it fit better.     i agree it is too ruffly to add another border.   you'll have to take that one off and make it a little shorter.  did you cut it on the bias?   if it is cut on the bias, you may need to cut another piece.   i hate when this happens to me. 

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Patti replied on Sun, Dec 4 2011 11:32 PM

Seminole piecing tends to be stretchy.  Lots of bias edges.  Makes it difficult to fit.  I like the suggestions offered.  I will have to try them next time.

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Nana replied on Sun, Dec 4 2011 11:35 PM

I think I would take a ruler and lay across the end of the runner just before it starts making the "point".   This will give you a good starting place for measuring the center of your runner. Then measure both sides of the point as long as the edges arent wavy to give the amount needed to do that section.

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gini replied on Mon, Dec 5 2011 12:03 AM

so, kathy, i forgot to add the part after you cut your border.   pin, pin, pin.   you already know that ruffling is an issue.   cut your piece after you measure down the middle.  then find the centers and quarter measurements down the side of your runner and on the border strip.  pin in th ecenter and pin on the quarters.  your runner is short enough, that you shouldn't have to pin more.   now you should be able to gently stretch the  border as you sew it on, to fit the runner.  

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I'm not so sure its the border,  look at the row before the border, it looks stretched and then the border has been put on.

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gini replied on Mon, Dec 5 2011 2:32 PM

you're right vivian.  pinning and stretching might save it.  it's worth a try

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Thank you, everyone, for these great suggestions.  I plan to try measuring the middle of the runner for the border sizes after I take the borders off.  I'll let you all know how it goes when I'm done.

Have a great evening!

 

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Hello everyone!

You were all correct!!!  I took the border off, measured the center of the runner only to the points before it became a point (does that make sense?), and used lots of pins to pin the border on.  I also sewed with the border on the bottom and it did help. The whole thing now lays very flat and is beautiful.

Here's the finished top:

Thank you all for you help.  If I am ever in need of assistance again, I know exactly where to go!

Happy Holidays!!!  :-)

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