I liked the autumn table runner I made so much I modified the pattern a bit and made it again for Christmas. I used three different colors and skipped the binding this time. If you’d like to make one of your own, read on for all the instructions!
How cute is that cookie jar, by the way? The Hubs bought it for me as an early Christmas gift because it looks like my little red VW Beetle. I just love it!
- 1-1/4 yard white fabric – for the backing and half the blocks
- 1/4 yard red fabric
- 1/4 yard green fabric
- Low loft quilt batting at least 16″ x 46″ – I used Warm & Natural batting
- Matching thread
- Cutting mat
- Quilting ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Safety pins
- Dressmaker’s marking pencil
From the white fabric, cut one rectangle 16″ x 46″. From the remaining white fabric, cut 5 strips, 3-1/2″ x the width of the fabric. Cut the strips into 3-1/2″ squares. You’ll need a total of 37.
From the red fabric, cut two strips 3-1/2″ wide by the width of the fabric. Cut the strips into 3-1/2″ squares. You’ll need a total of 19. Do the same for the green fabric.
From the batting, cut one rectangle 16″ x 46″.
Note when sewing: All seams are 1/4″.
Set the batting and backing pieces aside for now, along with 4 green, 4 red and 7 white squares. Match up the rest of the squares in pairs, one white square with one colored square, right sides together. Sew the pairs together along one side.
Open up the pairs and press the seams toward the colored blocks.
Using the diagram as a guide, lay out the pairs and the extra squares you set aside to form a diagonal pattern with the red and green squares.
Once you have the pattern laid out, fold over the 2-square block on the far left of each row so it’s right side down on top of the 2-square block next to it. Sew the sets together along one short edge to create 4-block rows.
Open up the rows and press the seams toward the colored blocks. Lay out the rows again and check that your diagonal pattern lines up. Add the remaining squares to the end of each row and sew into place. Press the rows and lay them back out. You’ll now have 15 rows.
Flip the top row over and match it up, right sides together with the seams aligned, with row below it. Continue down the pattern, flipping the odd numbered rows on top of the even numbered rows. (You’ll have one left over. Just add it on at the end.) Sew the rows together along one long edge to create two-row blocks. Open up the blocks and press the seams.
Lay the two-row blocks back out in pattern. Flip the top two-row block over and match it up, right sides together, with the block below it. Continue down the pattern, flipping the odd numbered blocks on top of the even numbered blocks. (You’ll have one set of blocks left over.) Sew the blocks together along one long edge to create 4-row blocks. Open up the blocks and press the seams.
Continue the same way, matching up blocks and seaming them together, until the entire table runner top has been assembled. Press the whole thing one last time and square up the edges if needed.
Using the table runner top as a guide, trim the backing fabric and batting to the same size. Lay batting on your work surface and center the table runner top on top of it, right side up.
Baste the table runner top and batting together using safety pins, keeping the pins away from the outer edges. (You could also spray baste, if you prefer.) Lay the backing on top of the table runner, right side down. Pin all three layers together around the edges.
Sew through all three layers, all the way around, leaving a 6″ section in the center of one long edge open for turning.
Turn the whole thing right side out and press. Turn under the raw edges of the opening and hand stitch shut.
Remove the safety pins one at a time and repin them through all three layers. Once all the squares are pinned, begin at one corner and use the quilting ruler and marking pencil to mark diagonal lines through all the white blocks only.
Starting at the center of the table runner and working your way out, quilt along the marked lines.
If you make your own table runner following this tutorial, please share a link in the comments. I love to see other people’s finished projects!