BLUE CHAINS TABLE RUNNER



 

Blue chains table runner

Blue chains table runner

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.

 

Cutting requirements

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

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.

 

Blue chains quilt block layout

Blue chains quilt block layout

 

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.

 

 

Completed blue chains quilt block

Completed blue chains quilt block

Rotate the blocks to create a zigzag

Rotate the blocks to create a zigzag

 

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.

 

 

Baste the edge of the table runner

Baste the edge of the 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.

 

Bind the blue chains table runner

Bind the blue chains table runner

 

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.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Rose, I love this pattern, it reminds me of Jacobs Ladder. This would be so easy to make more blocks and have a beautiful quilt as well. Could I cut the 2.7/8 squares at 3.0 and trim them down? I’m more concerned that my 2 7/8 cut would not be precise and ruin my blocks and waste my (precious)fabric.

    • Hi Linda. Many quilters do make their half square triangles slightly larger and then trim down. It would certainly give you very accurate quilt blocks.

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