I’d put off putting away my Christmas table runner until this weekend because my table looked so naked without it. I was sorting through fabric scraps Saturday morning and ran across a yard of pink fabric I bought last year to make Valentine’s Day placemats. A little more digging unearthed red and white scraps as well. A couple quick calculations in Excel and the idea for this Valentine table runner took shape!
- 3/4 yard pink fabric (also used for the back of the table runner)
- 1/3 yard white fabric
- 1/4 yard red fabric
- 1/2 yard fusible fleece
- One rectangle 16″ wide by the width of the pink fabric for the back of the table runner
- 60 2-1/2″ squares from the pink fabric
- 5 2-7/8″ squares from the pink fabric
- 60 2-1/2″ squares from the white fabric
- 5 2-7/8″ squares from the white fabric
- 24 2-1/2″ squares from the red fabric
- 10 2-7/8″ squares from the red fabric
A few tips before you begin:
- All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.
- Clip any thread ends and press the seams toward the darker fabric after each step of the assembly. This will save you from trying to figure out how to fish out that one long red thread tail that’s sure to show up under a white block!
- When assembling the strips into rows, pin the strips together at each of the seams to keep everything lined up. Like this:
Ready? Assemble! (Sorry, I watched The Avengers last night and that’s been stuck in my head ever since.)
1. Make the center of the table runner
Set aside 8 each of the white and pink 2-1/2″ squares.
Sew the remaining 2-1/2″ pink and white squares in pairs. Press the seams and set eight of the two-square blocks aside. These will be used later to complete the rows around the hearts.
Sew the remaining two-square blocks together in pairs to create four-block strips. Press the seams and repeat the process one more time, sewing the four-block strips together to create eight-block strips. You should have a total of 11 strips.
Set two of the strips aside. Sew the rest together to create the center of the table runner, matching the seams to align the squares.
2. Make the half-square triangles
Pair up each of the red 2-7/8″ squares with a pink or white 2-7/8″ square, right sides facing. Draw a diagonal line down the center of each set of squares, then measure out 1/4″ from the center on either side and draw another line. Stitch the squares together along the outer lines.
Cut the sewn squares apart along the center diagonal line.
Press the half-triangle blocks and trim off the little tabs at the corners.
3. Assemble the heart blocks
Set aside four of the red 2-1/2″ squares. Sew the remaining red squares together in pairs.
Sew two of the two-block strips together to form a four-block strip. (Do this twice, once for each heart.)
Sew three of the two-block strips together to form a six-block strip. (Do this twice, once for each heart.)
Using the pattern as a guide, lay out the individual red squares, red strips and the red/white and pink/white half-square triangle blocks to form the hearts.
Sew the together the blocks and strips needed to make the heart strips.
Referring to the pattern again, add pink/white two-block squares and single pink or white blocks as needed to complete each of the heart strips.
Sew the strips together to form the hearts. At this point, you can choose to have the hearts facing out (with the points at the ends of the table runner) or facing in (with the points to the center of the table runner) depending on how you’re going to use it.
Side rant: I originally put mine together with the points facing in. That’s how I designed the pattern and it looked just fine. I had gone through the next couple steps in assembly and put it aside for the night. And at midnight, my brain woke me up to tell me the hearts were upside down. @#$%^&*!!
I tried to talk myself out of it. I got up the next morning and looked at it again. Nope. They were upside down. I took the whole darn thing apart and flipped it around. It wasn’t pretty. There was a lot of seam ripping and unladylike language involved. I was much happier when it was done, though. It would have driven me nuts! Stupid brain. End rant.
4. Join the heart blocks to the center panel
Once you’ve decided which way you want your hearts to point, sew one to each side of the center unit you finished earlier. Sew one of the remaining pink/white eight-blocks strips at each end of the runner (In my case, they’re at the bottom (pointed end) of each heart block.)
Give the completed top of the table runner one last press, clip of any stray threads and square up the edges. Cut a piece of fusible fleece the same size as the table runner top, then trim off 3/4″ along one long and one short side. Center the fleece on the wrong side of the table runner top and fuse according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (Trimming off the seam allowances will minimize bulk and make the edges of the completed runner lay flat.)
5. Assemble the runner and quilt it
Pin the table runner top and the table runner backing together, right sides facing. Sew all the way around the outside edge, leaving a 6″ opening on one long side for turning.
Turn the table runner right side out, press and hand stitch the opening shut.
Baste the layers together with safety pins and quilt as desired. (Don’t you hate when patterns say that? You could do almost any kind of quilting on this runner. I went with diagonal lines through the white squares only, but feel free to experiment!)
I’d love to say this was one of those projects that came together perfectly, but I’d be lying. It’s not a hard project to make, I was just having serious quilter’s block. I did more seam ripping on this single project than on my last three combined.
Rest assured, I worked out all the kinks in the pattern as I went along and what I’ve documented here should result in a painless project for you! I’ve made all the mistakes already so you won’t have to. :o)
This project was designed for the Creative Craft Blogger Group’s February “hearts” challenge. Check out the lovely heart-themed projects from my fellow group members!
- Try It – Like It – Valentine Jewelry Set
- Life Beyond the Kitchen – Colorwork Heart Drawstring Bag
- Home Crafts by Ali – Paper Heart Valentine Tree
- 5 Little Monsters – Crochet Hearts Pillow