Also forgive the indoor photo, I finished hand sewing the binding down at the last minute and have no daylight photos. In Ireland at this time of year approaching the shortest day of the year it's dark until well after 8am and the sun is getting low in the sky around 3.30pm!
Another lesson learned. Don't pick backing because it's Christmassy and I like the pattern! This runner, that I designed putting 3 star blocks together, has angles greater than 90 degrees so mitred corners on the binding is a little different than squared edges. I backstitched 1/4" away from the edge.
And then I found the easiest way to create the mitred corner was, to hold the straight edge I want to sew next straight ahead of me and fold the binding straight up lining up with edge of the quilt sandwich.
Then fold it straight down making sure the binding lies exactly on top of the first fold.
You get a little pocket that when folded to the back gives a nice mitred finish.
I did this the whole way round, all the odd corners, and folded the binding back and held it in place with some clips. Then I hand sewed the binding to the back of the runner.
It's fairly dotty but I like it! We also had to put a small Christmas decoration in with our table runner so I crocheted a snowflake from the December edition of Simply Crochet magazine.
Crochet drives me bananas sometimes and I had to rip out round 4 three times but got there in the end!
Linking up to Finish it Friday and