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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.

My layout included pretty windows!

My layout included pretty windows!

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.

The underside of my table runner, showing the lining hexagons.

The underside of my table runner, showing the lining hexagons.

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.

All finished!

All finished!

I think it is very pretty and it makes a nice addition to my table!

Related Posts

How to make an American Quilt

Jane Austen Festival Australia 2015

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

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