I have used three blocks to make this quilted table runner which is 16″ wide by 48″ long. It is very simple to make and will be a striking addition to your table – or of course it would make a great gift.
twelve 4.1/2″ white squares, six 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles and two 2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles in the light blue, dark blue, light pink and dark pink fabrics
2.7/8″ squares: six in both dark pink and white, six in both light pink and white
Making the table runner
All the 2.7/8″ squares are used 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 produce two half square triangle units.
Lay the squares out as shown in the photo. The light blue and dark pink run across one diagonal and the dark blue and light pink run across the other diagonal. The half square triangles are placed at the middle of each edge.
This quilt block is best sewn together in quarters, so sew together pairs of patchwork pieces within each quarter. When each quarter is complete, sew them together in pairs and then sew the pairs together to complete the quilt block. Make three of these blocks and sew them together in one row. I did play around with rotations of the blocks but the design looked best to me with each block placed the same as the others.
Cut backing fabric and wadding slightly larger than the patchwork (which is now 16.1/2″ by 48.1/2″). Lay the backing fabric with right side down followed by the wadding and then the patchwork with right side up. Smooth gently and pin to secure the three layers. For the quilting I just stitched in the ditch: you can see how this looks on the back of the table runner.
When the three layers are quilted securely, trim the excess wadding and backing fabric and bind as for any quilt.