Quilted table runners are usually simple to make, don’t use much fabric and make great gifts. Making a quilted table runner doesn’t take long so it’s a good beginner quilting project – you can get that buzz from completing something quickly without spending too much time on it. I’ve made this quilted table runner using the blue chains quilt block. That’s a nine patch block attributed to Nancy cabot who was a magazine columnist in the 1930’s. It measures 12″ wide and I’ve used four blocks to make it 48″ long.
2.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in both light blue and white
2.1/2″ squares: twenty four light blue, thirty two dark blue, fifty six white
binding: three strips 2.1/2″ wide in dark blue
backing and wadding: rectangle about 14″ by 50″ of each
Making the blue chains table runner
Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. 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 to create two half square triangle units.
Lay the squares and half square triangles out in six rows of six squares. This is one quilt block and you will need four of these. Sew the patchwork squares together across the rows and then sew the rows together.
Sew the four quilt blocks together in a line, rotating the blocks so that pattern forms a zigzag along the length of the quilted table runner.
Lay the backing fabric down with right side down and lay the wadding ontop. Lay the blue chains patchwork ontop with right side up. Pin all three layers together. The simplest way to quilt the table runner is using stitch in the ditch quilting to hold the three layers together. Baste around the edge. I do think that this step is worth doing if you want the binding to go on smoothly.
Use the three stips of dark blue binding fabric to bind the quilted table runner as for a quilt. This is a very simple quilted table runner pattern, but really attractive looking.