This quilted patchwork table runner has squares turned on point giving a diamond effect. It is very easy to sew and makes a great beginner quilting project. The finished size is about 60″ tip to tip and about 11.1/2″ across. You couldmake it bigger or smaller by using more or less strips of fabric.
two strips 4.1/2″ wide of yellow, green and orange fabrics (the yellow looks white in the photos)
Triangles down the side: eight 4.7/8″ squares
Binding: about 130″ at 2.1/2″ wide
Backing and wadding: rectangle 60″ by 13″ of each
Making the quilted table runner
Cut two 4.1/2″ strips across the width of the fabric in yellow, green and orange fabric. Sew an orange strip either side of a yellow strip and sew a green strip either side of the other yellow strip. Trim the end if necessary and cut these panels at 4.1/2″ intervals. This should give you nine strips from each panel of three fabrics. This is actually more than you need, but you can always use the excess for place mats. You will also need two additional squares for the ends of table runner. These can be cut separately or you can use two of the squares from one of the strips.
Cut a 4.7/8″ strip of the fabric that you are using for the side triangles. Cut across at 4.7/8″ intervals to make squares and then cut along the diagonals of the squares to make triangles. You will need eight square giving sixteen triangles.
Sew one triangle to each side of the strips of squares (three orange and three green). Look carefully at the photo: you are sewing one of the short sides of the triangle to the edge of the square. On the left hand side the other short side is in line with the bottom of the squares while on the right hand side the second short side of the triangle is in line with the top of the squares.
For the top of the table runner you will need a yellow square, green square and orange triangle in one row. The second row is made of one green square, one yellow square, one green square and one orange triangle. Sew these two rows together as shown with the sides of the squares lining up on the right hand side.
For the bottom of the table runner do the same but with yellow square, green square,orange triangle in the first row and green square, yellow square, green square and orange triangle in the second row. Sew these two rows together with the sides of the squares lining up on the left hand side. The triangles do not provide as much contrast as I had hoped and the colour was not a good choice.
You are now ready to add the six strips, alternating the colours, to fill up from the top to the bottom of the table runner. Pin at each seam across the row so that you can be sure that the seam allowances face the same way – and also so that you can be sure that each square is directly in line with the one above it. Note that the yellow square in one row will not be directly beneath the yellow square above it – it will be to the left of the one above.
Finishing the patchwork table runner
If you want a longer table runner than 60″, add more strips at this stage.
So that’s the top of the quilted table runner complete. Lay the backing fabric right side down, lay the wadding on top, smooth gently and lay the patchwork top on top of that. Baste all round the edge and trim the excess wadding and backing.
The quilted table runner is now ready for quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found at quilt binding.
I have written a pattern for a hexagonal place mat to match this table runner.