Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Table Runner Tutorial

A friend asked me to make her a table runner.  This is what I came up with.  I still need to quilt and bind it.

Scrappy Midnight Pinwheel Table Runner
14' x 38"


I saw this block, but, it was too small.  I also only wanted to use 3 colors, not 4.
6" block (too small for what I needed)

 I decided to redraft it to a larger block, and use it in my table runner design.
my design
Yes, I use graph paper to design all my projects.  It may not look as nice as EQ, but, it is MUCH cheaper, and it works for me.

I re-drew the placement diagram, since I was using scrap fabrics. (yes, I actually used some of my scraps, don't faint)!  I used 3 different maroons, 2 different greens and 2 different tans.
placement diagram
Cut:  (label the fabrics as you cut them, I used post it notes)

A - 11  2.5" squares (maroon #1)
B - 12  2.5" squares AND 6  3.5" squares (green #1) (label these separately)
C - 12  2.5" squares (tan #1)
D - 6    3.5" squares (maroon #2)
E - 24   2.5" squares (tan #1)
F - 12   2.5" squares (maroon #3)
G - 12  2.5" x 4.5" rectangles (green #2)
H - 10   2.5" x 10.5" rectangles (tan #2)


1. Grab 6 (B) and 6 (D) 3.5" squares.  

On back of 6 (B) squares, draw a diagonal line, 1/4" from corner.  *I use a Quilters Rule.  Just line up the wholes in the middle, across the diagonal, and draw a line on either side.
Quilters Rule

draw a line on either side of Quilters Rule

lines drawn
If you don't have a Quilters Rule, you can line up your ruler, 1/4" inch past the points.
ruler method, line on points, draw 1/4" past line

Putting right sides together, stitch along both lines.  

stitch on both lines

 Cut between the stitched lines.

Iron open.  Trim down to 2.5" square (I used my Bloc Lock ruler).
trimmed and squared to 2.5"
Make 12 Half Square Triangles.

2. Grab 12 (G) 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 12 (B) and 12(C) 2.5" squares.

Draw a diagonal line, corner to corner, on the wrong side of the 2.5" squares (both (B) and (C).

Place (C) 2.5" square, right sides together, on the left corner of (G) 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle.

 Sew across all 12 corners.

Trim corners, 1/4" past seam.

Iron open.

Repeat with (B) squares, but, putting them on the right side.
angle your line correctly
 Trim and Iron open.

Make 12 Flying Geese units.

3.  Grab 1 (F), 2 (E) and 1 (D/B) HST unit.  Sew into 4 patch units.

Make 12 of these units.

4.  Lay out 4 patch units, Flying Geese units and 4 (A) 2.5" squares, following the pattern picture.
placement diagram

units placed, following diagram

Sew in rows.  Iron each row, following arrows.

iron following arrows
Make 3 units.  Units should measure 10.5" square.
finished unit

5.  Sew (H) 2.5" x 10.5" rectangles to 2 opposite sides of completed block.

Iron long strips away from block.

Makes 3 units.

6.  Sew (A) 2.5" square to either end of remaining (H) 2.5" x 10.5" rectangles.

Iron towards long strip.

 7.  Sew above units onto 2 opposite sides of the 3 completed blocks.

Make 2 units.

8.  Sew the 3 units together, with the partial unit in the middle.

9.  Baste, quilt and bind as preferred.

Finished table runner top.

I wrote the tutorial for my beginning quilting class.  I doubt most of you would need such simple instructions.  I hope you like the tutorial.


  1. I saw that block, too. I like your version better. It is always fun to use scraps!

  2. When it comes to planning, graph paper is my best friend. In that way, we work the same.

  3. A real cute tablerunner. You did an excellent job on your tutorial. Very detailed and easily followed. Scraps are the only way these days.!

  4. Lovely scrappy table runner and nicely done tutorial!

  5. Cute table runner. Love the fabrics you used. I agree graph paper is much easier.

  6. Great tutorial. I do like your color and layout much better. The finish looks very good!

  7. What a nice, detailed tutorial! Any quilter should be able to follow your instructions. I'm a graph paper user too. Taking time to learn EQ would slow my quilting down.

  8. Great tutorial! And a great table runner - love what you have done with the green. I, too, draft my patterns by hand. I have considered EQ a number of times and I'm just not sure it's worth the money and time to learn it. Oh, I love my Bloc Loc ruler - I think that would be a great help for beginners to square up HSTs. ~Jeanne

  9. I like how you changed the placement of colors in this block. Much prettier than the original. Just looking at the original pattern, I would not have wanted to use this block. But definitely would like to use it now that I've seen yours.

  10. I love this block, thank you for sharing!

  11. Love the tutorial and the table runner. Very festive. Thanks for sharing the tut with us.

  12. I'm trying this again. Google, I want my comments back in my inbox!!!!


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