Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Quilted Table Runner


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Linking up to Freshly Pieced for Work in Progress Wednesdays is always a good chance to summarise what I've been working on.  This week it has been almost entirely a project for a machine quilting article on the website which I'm hoping to get out later this week.  I did manage to quilt and finish this table runner though.
I love making quilted table runners.  They are such a quick and easy way to showcase a quilt block or a quilting design.  Sometimes if I've been working on a big project it's quite nice to have something that you can complete fairly quickly.  They also make great gifts.

I made this one using a quilt block called Mosaic.  It's another of the Nancy Cabot quilt block patterns.




Each mosaic quilt block for this table runner is made using half square triangle units only and I've added a strip of squares between each block.  There are three quilt blocks with four strips of squares to make a table runner 48" by 12".

The half square triangles are made by placing two 3.7/8" squares with right sides together, marking a line along the diagonal and sewing a 1/4" seam either side of the line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Make the half square triangles using four squares each of light and dark fabric and four squares each of medium and light fabric.



When you've made all the half square triangles, lay them out into four rows of four blocks each and sew together across the rows and then sew the rows together.




Sew together two dark and two medium 3.1/2" squares, alternating the fabrics.  Make four of these and sew them to the mosaic quilt blocks, beginning and ending with a row of squares.




 Layer the table runner with backing fabric and wadding.  Pin, quilt and bind as for a normal quilt.  The beauty of this table runner pattern (apart from the fact that it's so quick to make) is that you could also use the same mosaic pattern on its own to make place mats to match.





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I hope to see you again soon.
Rose










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