I have had a little mini stack of bee blocks waiting patiently to become a table runner, I was in 318 Patchwork Bee a little while back and my theme was "Afternoon Tea". I always had these blocks in mind for this purpose and now it is sitting on my table it makes me smile and think about all the people who made a block or two- Ayumi, Tamiko, Charise and Leila. Simple construction, sashed with Kokka teapot print linen and mini fussy cut squares, I quilted it without backing...
Then added the backing to make a combined backing/binding blanket style edge. It is an easy finish so her is a quick tutorial if it is new to you! After the quilting, attache to a backing at least 1 inch bigger all round. I use 505 spray and a few safety pins. For a finished 1/4 inch bound edge, trim backing over hang to just over 1/2 inch from the edge of the runner all round. At the corners, pencil a 1/4 border from edge of runner and then draw a 45 degree diagonal across the corner- just like the pic! Trim this off with scissors.
Fold the freshly cut edge in so it fits behind the corner of the runner. Press the long unfinished backing edges firstly towards the runner, and then turn the folded edge so it forms the binding around the runner.
Pin the binding on the front at each corner. Hand stitch the mitred corners using ladder stitch- (Search on youtube if you are not sure what this is! It is a very useful stitch). You can then stitch the rest of the binding down, by hand or machine- up to you! I chose a small zig zag to add a bit of zing!
We have a smallish table so this is a narrow runner- it now lives along the back edge by the wall with my radio and cup of tea permanently on it!
And it constantly lifts my heart, thankyou to the block makers...loving your work! Left to right, tea pot- Tamiko, Cherry cup-Ayumi; Teapot/cup- Leila; Milk/Sugar- Tamiko; Tea/cup- Charise; Kettle-Ayumi.
If you like a bit of paper piecing, Leila's new house pattern can be found here, and Charise's Spool Starburst is here.