Even though I'm not a fan, it was encouraging to me that the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade figured out a way to happen this year! If they can blow up those monster balloons to walk around the block, maybe I can inflate myself back into a daily machine piecing routine!?!
So for the past couple weeks, I've been finishing up a table runner I cut out late in October. I used the large hexagon template in Marti Michell's Set G (template #42 - 2" finished on each edge) and a pack of 5" Moda holiday charm squares. To piece it, of course, I used the Set-In Piecing Simplified technique from my teaching guide. By assembling it in sections, I can employ the chain piecing strategy without any "leader or enders". It's an easy project for practicing or refreshing this skill.
As I get back to daily piecing, I've noticed I'm making more little mistakes than typical. Each time I need to "undo", I'm trying to remind myself how lucky I am to have such excellent "ripping" skills. My mom started me early and the sentence I remember clearly from those days -- "Mary, I think you better rip that out" -- so here I am, sixty years later, ripping out seams with professional skill!!
When I had this all assembled, I put it on the design wall to enjoy the surge of pride that comes with a finished piecing project. "That's not right" -- sad face. Leave the studio, come back later, take it down and start to rip out the seams to fix it. Fifteen minutes into it, I realize I'm ripping apart the wrong end of the runner -- arghhh. I'll be back later.
It's all fixed now!!
I'm so glad I wrote up a tutorial about finishing zigzag edges without binding several years ago so I could go back and see what I did!!
The complete process is HERE along with another link to how I set up the backing so I can stitch all the way around the piece with no stops! If you don't have the 1" fusible batting tape available, you can cut strips of any lightweight fusible interfacing to use. And definitely trim 3/8" from the edge of the batting instead of just a bit over 1/4"!