The magic carpet bed runner quilt seems very appropriate given that I’m moving house soon – how I wish I could just load everything on to a magic carpet! I’ve made this bed runner using just two rather enormous magic carpet quilt blocks and it measures 28″ by 52″. If you haven’t come across a bed runner quilt before, this is one that just lies across the bottom of the bed rather than covering the entire bed. If you wanted to make it wider for a larger bed you could just add more blocks. Each block is 24″ square finished size and I have used 1/4 yard of white fabric, 1/2 yard of blue, 3/4 yard of yellow and 1 yard of red fabric. As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% reduction in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the magic carpet bed runner
6.1/2″ squares: eight red
3.7/8″ squares: twenty four each in blue and yellow, twenty each in yellow and white
3.1/2″ squares: eight yellow
For the border you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ strips of red across the width of fabric
Making the magic carpet quilt block
Make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units. You’ll need to make them in yellow/blue and also in yellow/white.
Lay the squares out as shown. I know that the magic carpet quilt block looks huge, but if you break it down into sections it’s not a difficult block to make.
It is totally symmetrical, so what you have in one corner will be the same in all the corners.
In each corner there is a red square surrounded by yellow/blue half square triangles which together form a blue diamond and a yellow frame around each red square. In the middle are four 3.1/2″ yellow squares and they are surrounded by yellow/blue half square triangles to show up the star. Most of the white triangles are placed so that they form that butterfly-type shape on each edge of the block.
Sew the small squares together across the rows. On the top two and bottom two rows this means just sewing four squares together, while for the middle four rows you can sew all the squares together across the rows.
Sew the two small rows at the top and bottom to each other to make them the same height as the red squares. Sew the red squares to each end of these rows. You can now sew all the rows to each other to complete the magic carpet quilt block.
You will need to make two of these.
Assembling the magic carpet bed runner quilt
Sew the two blocks together. For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric – two lengths of 24.1/2″ for the two short sides and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the long sides.
That completes the magic square bed runner. It can now be layered, quilted and bound as for any quilt. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
After all the hectic running around last weekend I am planning a quiet weekend. I’m sorry I can’t bring you any photos of the quilt show that I went to last Saturday, but there were signs requesting no photos for blogs, so I can just assure you that there were some beautiful quilts on display.