Guam quilted table runner

Guam quilted table runner

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.

Cutting requirements

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 half square triangles

Make half square triangles


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.


Guam quilt block layout

Guam quilt block layout


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 rows together

Sew the rows together


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

Sew the guam quilt blocks in a row

Sew the guam quilt blocks in a row

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.


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  1. Esther Edgar says:

    Hi Rose, would you believe I just finished my sampler quilt this week. It has been in a box for the past 15 months as I was scared to complete it. It is not perfect but I am so proud of it and actually did not take that long when I put my mind to it.

    Thanks for your weekly updates which I really enjoy. I admire the amount of quilting you get through. I intend to tackle the table runner soon but am also still working and have three very energetic grandsons who require some Nannie time.

    Thanks again

    Esther edgar

    • Hi Esther. Well done! You must be very proud of what you’ve achieved. It sounds like your life is quite hectic even without the quilting – but isn’t it a wonderful hobby to have that’s all your own.

  2. Esther Edgar says:

    Hi Rose,
    Thank you so much for your prompt reply and all the necessary information. I started quilting about three years ago when my first grandchild was born. I made a cot quilt with a lot of help from an experienced quilter. I then joined a patchwork class in my local village and made a few items at the class.
    Unfortunately there was insufficient interest so the class no longer exists.
    Meantime my daughter was married this July and I made my own outfit plus the two bridesmaids dresses You will understand that the sampler quilt which I started had been safely stored away until now.
    I have all the blocks made but dread the sashing, borders and completing. I would love if the class was still available, however, I will use your tutorials (which are excellent by the way) and get it finished. I am still working also so difficult to get the time to devote to the quilting. I hope to reduce my hours next year and make a quilt for each of my four children when I get my own finished.
    Thank you for all your dedication and help for would be quilters like myself.
    Esther Edgar

    • Hi Esther. Goodness, you have been busy. Your sampler quilt shouldn’t take too long now – I always feel that making the quilt blocks is the most time consuming part, but good luck with finishing it off. I’m sure your children will be thrilled with their own quilts.

  3. Esther Edgar says:

    Can you let me know how much material I would need to purchase to complete this table runner.
    Esther Edgar

    • Hi Esther. My apologies – I have added the quantities to the pattern now. You would need 1/4 yard each of red, blue and binding fabric and 1/2 yard each of grey and backing fabric. You will also need wadding for a 42″ by 12″ rectangle.

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