06 June 2011

I Love Jack !



I’ve started chaining the Jack’s Chain blocks …..and I’m loving it! I’m making a table topper/runner. Then it dawned on me….it’s going to be a nightmare to finish it with bias binding the curves! But I want to keep the curves…so I came up with this method. If you have done needleturn applique and love hand stitching, this will work for you too .



First I lay the finished top on the batting, baste with long running stitches along the edges to hold them together. Then trim the batting 1/8 of an inch inside the curves.(That means the batting piece is smaller the the top piece.)  Next, I lay the finished Jack’s Chain top on the backing fabric, right sides together. Pin in place. Trim the backing fabric with a 1/2 inch allowance.



Then, using whip stitch, stitch the two layers together as you would applique.




This how it looks like on the back. Leave an opening to turn it right side out. Remember to trim and cut notches where necessary. Turn the whole piece right sides out and slip stitch the opening close.



Top stitch all around the curves and quilt . I wanted to finish fast, so I just stitch around each hexagon….not that I am any good at any other quilting designs except straight line quilting!



After a good press at the ironing board, it’s now sitting pretty on my coffee table .


And I am starting on the next one. This time it’s blue!


……did I mention to remove the paper pieces …Winking smile


  1. That is just awesome....love the runner and how you finished it up.

  2. What a neat way to "clean up" the edges. Might have to give it a try sometimes.

  3. Beautiful hon - really love that design - and that's a great way to finish!

  4. I love it! Your method for finishing it off was quite clever! It looks fabulous on your table!
    xx, shell

  5. That's just beautiful! :0)

  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [07 Jun 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  7. Wonderful!!! I love this quilt!

  8. Love your shortcut to get away from that binding woe! Your table runner is gorgeous!!

  9. Wow! It's gorgeous!! I love it!!!

  10. I love that pattern. It's so pretty!

  11. Absolutely Bloomin Brilliant ... I love this Penny ... I just mentioned your brill QAYG hexie method on my blog :)

    Brilliant find! I've downloaded the templates and I'm thinking of some little twist ... love this ...thank you :)

  12. That looks fab Penny :) I love the effect it has. Love the colours and fabrics you used too :) Hugs Vicki x