There are some quilt blocks that immediately look as if they would be great sewn together in a column to make a table runner. This guam quilt block was one of them. Viewed from close up, some of the pieces have a three dimensional look, similar to tumbling blocks, and I thought that it would make a great conversation piece.
My original intentions was to use red sashing between the blocks, but when I put two blocks together I decided that I preferred the way that two red blades combine to give a link from one block to the next. I have made four 10″ guam quilt blocks and sewn them together in one row.
If you are buying the fabric rather than using scraps you will need: 1/4 yard each of red, blue, and binding fabric, 1/2 yard each of grey and backing fabric. You will also need wadding sufficient for a 42″ by 12″ rectangle.
four 2.1/2″ squares
2.7/8″ squares: thirty two each of blue and grey, thirty two each of red and grey.
Making the guam quilt blocks
Make the half square triangles by placing two 2.7/8″ squares with right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangles. Repeat with all the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.
For each guam quilt block, lay the squares out in five rows of five. Check that the grey squares form those squares on point and the red blades follow the line of a larger square – it’s very easy to place a half square triangle facing the wrong way and lose the whole design of the block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. Make four of these quilt blocks and sew them together in a row to give a table runner 40″ long by 10″ wide.
Making the guam table runner
Cut backing fabric and wadding slightly larger than the size of the table runner. Lay the backing fabric with right side down. Lay the wadding on top and then the guam patchwork on top of that. Quilt to secure the three layers and then bind your table runner.