I could have left this runner like this:
But I find the harsh jolt when the eye meets the end to be unpleasant.
I want the eye to flow to the end, so I take the time to devise some sort of gradual end to each runner. Just adding an orange triangle like this would have been the easiest.
I find it better than the straight finish, but to me the eye does not flow to the end. I really want that center star to be finished.
So I folded the runner ends into a triangle , then folded that to the back
then back to the right side to see what it would look like if I just continued with the same pattern.
I think it's much better; definately the best option of the three.
I flipped it to the back side to see what foundations I will need to sew. This is one reason I always leave the paper on until I sandwich the runner.
I will need two whole 4-inch blocks and 4 half blocks. Can you see that? The hash marks are where I need to cut to get the triangle shape. I am NOT cutting this piece. I am just finding out the number and how to cut the new foundations I will sew for the triangular end.
I took one of the 4-inch fondation blocks and folded it in half. The fold is the sewing line.
Then I marked a quarter inch seam allowance just outside the folded area.
After cutting along the seam allowance line, this is what the 4 foundations will look like: It's just half the regular foundation with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
So I went about sewing them. When I finished enough for the first end, I assembled them on the floor to make sure I had it correct before proceeding with the second set.
Imagine my surprise when I started to put the end pieces together and came up with this.
I love it! It's so much better than just finishing off the stars as I thought I was doing. It looks like I spent a long time devising a way to get the stars to turn into this rope-like design. Only I (and now you) know that it was just an error in laying the pieces out.
Don't you love it when an error makes the piece better?
This is how the units were sewn together:
Here it is all finished.
I can't wait to see what it will look like on the table. That will have to wait a while because I am planning a Halloween setting for later today.