At the Jane Austen Festival in Canberra this year, I attended a sewing workshop on how to do English paper piecing. I have done patchwork and quilting before, but I have always been interested to learn paper-piecing, mainly because of the very neat, hand-pieced method.
For this workshop, I decided to begin work on a hexagon table runner. I thought it was a fairly simple and straightforward project that wouldn’t take too long to complete. I only managed to cut and wrap four hexagon pieces around die-cut paper and then sew two together in the class; the rest of the project was taken home.
I got home from the festival and at once focused on cutting and wrapping a whole heap of hexagons; then I could begin on a layout or pattern. It took awhile to decide but, once I had, the table runner top went together very quickly.
The problem I had next was how to back it. Normally for a quilt or runner the edges would be bound, but I had made mine with little windows which would be difficult to bind. I thought of appliquéing it to another piece of material, but then I would lose my “window-effect”. In the end I hand sewed “lining hexagons”, one at a time, on the reverse side of the runner – carefully matching up the edges to make it as neat as possible.
To be honest, sewing the lining took WAY longer than sewing the top, and if I had to do it again I would do “quilt-as-you-go” hexagons and then whipstitch them together at the end.
I think it is very pretty and it makes a nice addition to my table!
Sources and Relevant Links
Jane Austen Festival Australia – website
English Paper Piecing: Where to begin – by Flossie Teacakes
Hexie Window Table Runner – by Anjeanette Klinder (This is where I got the idea from.)
Quilt-as-you-go hexagons – by Always Playing with Aurifil Thread