Passion Altar Runner

Oh, where does the time go? Well, I have been working on the red runner. Here’s what I have to show for it.

???????????????????????????????The outer border blocks were paper-foundation pieced.

Proud LilyShort ends of the first border are put on first. It doesn’t have to be the short side first, but in this case it was be best. The quilting experts are saying that it is best to measure the center of the quilt three ways: left side, middle, and right side. The difference between the highest and lowest measures is the length of that side of the border.
Proud LilyThis is to help keep the quilt square because no matter how carefully the center is pieced, it’s not going to be perfect.

I have also strictly gone by the pattern measurements and either stretched the border to fit the center or eased it to fit the center. The other way is to cut the border side a little too long, sew it on, then cut off the extra. The first option works best IMO.

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I believe in pinning. I believe in pinning. I believe in pinning.  I do. I do. I do. I’ll even sew over the pins. GASP. Use really thin pins and go SLOOOWLY. Yes, I’ve broken a few machine needles and bent many, many pins.

I’ve trained myself to use anchors before and after sewing. This way I don’t have to hold onto the threads when taking the first stitch. Sometimes the threads will slip out of my fingers and the needle. This saves a little time.

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Since I didn’t exactly follow my EQ6 instructions, the third border made the short side a little too long for the pieced border. For the pieced border, I added an extra picket or stripe.Proud LilyAmazingly, it worked.
Proud LilyQuilted the Holy Spirit in the center and twelve tongues of fire.Proud LilyProud LilySeems like there should be more quilting around the tongues of fire. If anyone has an opinion, let me know.

Thanks for being here.
Barbara

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