Easy Patchwork Table Runner Pattern

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    Make a Patchwork Table Runner

    Easy patchwork table runner pattern
    The Spruce / Janet Wickell

    This easy patchwork table runner pattern is a quilting project made with four simple 10-inch square quilt blocks that are placed on point and surrounded by setting triangles. Borders are repeats of two fabrics used in the quilt blocks.

    Table Runner Pattern Options

    • Sew a the table runner to suit any theme by choosing different fabrics
    • Eliminate one block to make a table runner that's about 51 inches long (and cut one less large red square used for setting triangles)
    • Make the table runner wider or longer by adding additional borders
    • To increase width without altering the length, sew an additional border across the table runner's top and bottom before adding the outer side borders, either next to the narrow border or at the edges of the runner. A border print would work nicely in that position.
    • Finished table runner size: About 22 1/2 inches x 65 inches

    Fabrics and Other Materials You'll Need

    • Floral for block centers and outer border:1 5/8 yards if you prefer lengthwise grain borders (you will have leftovers), or 5/8 yard for pieced crosswise grain borders.
    • Green plaid for blocks and inner border: 1/2 yard
    • Light neutral print for blocks: 1/4 yard
    • Deep rosy red for setting triangles: 3/4 yard
    • Backing and (optional, thin) batting: About 26 inches x 70 inches each; you could use flannel.
    • Binding: About 195 running inches of double-fold binding
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    Cutting Instructions

    Easy Table runner pattern
    The Spruce / Janet Wickell

    Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance throughout. The term selvage to selvage refers to fabric cut from selvage to selvage—do not trim strips if your fabric is wider.

    • Green plaid: One 1 3/4 inch wide strip cut from selvage to selvage; One 1 3/4 x 17-inch strip
    • Light neutral: One 1-3/4 inch wide strip cut from selvage to selvage; One 1-3/4 x 17-inch strip

    Make 4 Patch Units

    1. Sew the longest green strip lengthwise to the longest neutral strip. Press the seam allowance towards the green strip.
    2. Sew the remaining strips together lengthwise and press the seam allowance towards the green.
    3. Square up one end of each strip set. Cut a total of (32) 1 3/4 inch segments from the sets, checking periodically to make sure the leading edges are square.
    4. Sew two segments together as shown, with unlike fabrics across from each other. Press allowance either direction or fan out the seams to reduce bulk.
    5. Make a total of (16) four-patch units.

    Cutting Instructions for Long Patchwork Bars

    • Green plaid: Two 1 3/4 inch wide strip cut from selvage to selvage; One 1 3/4 x 13-inch strip
    • Light neutral: Two 1 3/4 inch wide strip cut from selvage to selvage; One 1 3/4 x 13-inch strip

    Strip Piece the Long Bar Segments

    1. Sew a long green strip lengthwise to a light neutral strip of the same length. Press the seam allowances towards the green. Repeat with other green and neutral strips of matching lengths.
    2. Square up one end of each strip and cut a total of (16) 5 1/2 inch long segments.

    Assemble the Quilt Blocks

    1. Cut four 5 1/2  x 5 1/2 inch squares of bright floral for block centers.
    2. Arrange four four-patch units, four strip-pieced bar units, and one block center into three rows as shown.
    3. Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards the pieced bars.
    4. Join the rows to complete the block. Press. The block should measure 10 1/2 inch square.
    5. Make three more quilt blocks.
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    Finish Sewing Patchwork Table Runner

    Christmas table runner pattern
    The Spruce / Janet Wickell

    Cut Setting and Corner Triangles

    • Corner triangles: Cut two 8 x 8-inch squares and then cut each square in half once diagonally.
    • Setting triangles: Cut two 15 3/8 inch x 15 3/8 inch squares and then cut each square in half twice diagonally (two will not be used; save for other patchwork and remember that the straight grain runs parallel to their long edges.)

    Assemble the Table Runner

    1. Referring to the illustration, sew larger setting triangles to the blocks as shown (center blocks have two each, end blocks have one each). Press seam allowances towards the triangles.
    2. Sew the block/triangle sections together along the diagonal, butting adjacent seams for a snug match. Use straight pins to keep fabrics from shifting.
    3. Center and sew a corner triangle to each outer edge of corner blocks. Press.
    4. Make straight borders to sew two borders to the quilt. If you are a new quilter, don't be tempted to measure the outer edges of your quilt for border lengths, because the table runner may be skewed.
    5. Use 1 3/4 inch strips of green plaid for the inner border.
    6. Use 3 1/2 inch strips of bright floral for the outer border.
    7. Mark for quilting if necessary. Sandwich with backing and (optional) batting. Baste the layers.
    8. Quilt and bind.