Barber Pole Table Runner
I I finished it! And other than the fact that I didn’t make a bias binding, and it drove me nuts going around the inside “crevices,” I think it turned out pretty well. Steam is our friend, ladies!
Let that be a lesson. When I made the binding, using my very cool binding-making tool (click on link below image to purchase one!), I cut the strips on the straight of grain to make the binding. This was WRONG! I should have cut the strips on the bias and that would have made it easier. Duh. Up to this point I haven’t done a lot of bias bindings because I’m usually doing straight edge type of work. When I first started sewing I made all my bindings on the bias, but then quickly when to the straight edge type because they were easier to cut out. But now that I’m getting into different projects, I will now remember to use a bias binding instead. Can I just say “Duh!” again?
Clover Fusible Bias 1/2-Inch Tape Maker, 1 EA
The good news is that the table runner turned out fun, and it’s even reversible as you can see from the photos. It’s pretty whimsical because I chose dot fabrics (I’ve decided this is my new trademark!) and to only put pom-poms on the outside points and along the edge. Another intended design element, you say? Nope. Another mistake! I only purchased 4 yards of pom-poms and it wasn’t quite enough. But out of this “mistake” came a different interpretation and I love it! So chalk one up to the design mistake gods!
I will definitely make this table runner again because I love the way the strips are sewn together. If I’m in a hurry, I might just cut off the points and make the piece a rectangle….a traditional barber pole design….and a lot easier to bind!
Download the free pattern now! Really, it is pretty fun!
It’s the little things in life. I wrote to Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably to tell them about the Garden Gradation quilt I made with their fabrics. They wrote back and said, “Wow – you could take a spoon and dig into it. Its like a fabulous Dessert. Well done.”
I love that! I immediately wrote them back and told them I was feeling like I should make some chocolate mousse. It’s so cool to know that there are REAL people out there at some of these big, famous companies. And many of us like dessert! Oh….and quilts!
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! How cute is this one? Start your engines, ladies. Search your fabric stash. Let’s get cutting!
Now you’re probably wondering WHY you can’t see the entire piece. Well, believe it or not, I didn’t finish my project on time! Yes, it’s a self-imposed deadline, but still….a deadline is a deadline. Sheila finished hers, but I didn’t. So while I continue to work on it, I’ve taken some close-ups so you can IMAGINE how cute it is!
The “Barber Pole” table runner is the latest FREE pattern download for you from the team of Sheila Sinclair Snyder and I. This one is a bit more challenging if you do it with the cut out edges, but don’t be shy about just trimming those off – just like a barber pole – and binding it as usual. Either way it would look great.
As you might imagine, Sheila and I both came up with different versions of this pattern! And that’s the fun. We create a pattern, and then go off to our separate studios and create! It’s always fun to see what we come up. This time we did talk about the pom-poms, so we both used those…but again, in different ways.
You only need relatively small pieces of fabric for this pattern, and if you do it scrappy, it’s a great way to use up those odd-shaped long strips. I actually pieced one of my strips because I didn’t have enough. And I’m betting no one will notice. (Oops….but now that I’ve told you, you’ll be looking for it!)
So I will post FINISHED photos when I actually get it done. Hmmmmmm….something to look forward to?