My lovely future daughter-in-law asked me to make runners for the 8' long tables wedding reception tables. The wedding will be an intentional juxtaposition of elegance and family picnic. The setting is a beautiful 1800's ranch home surrounded by avocado groves and flower gardens. The day will be filled with elements of whimsey and fun but still formal and lovely. She chose a couple of fun paisley fabrics for the runners that will go over deep eggplant purple tablecloths. I wanted the runners to have weight and a little sparkle so I found lining material in solid light weight cotton poplin and 1/2 amber bead trim.
Today the cutting and sewing commenced.
My artist husband lent both hands for the cutting out using quilting roller and straight edge (he is much more precise than I.)
The first sewing step - attaching the bead trim. Use scotch tape to adhere trim to fabric, then sew using a Bernina #4 Zipper foot, designed to allow you to stitch close to the edge. Sew right over the tape. You lift it off when you are done.