Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Quilted Table Runners

Quilted table runners are great when you want a small project - sometimes it's nice just to finish something quickly and not have another project added to the UFO pile.

I've made this one using the Blue Chains quilt block.  I was going to make it in reds and browns and then decided that I would stay true to the quilt block name and use blue fabrics.

I used 2" squares to make each block 12" square and I used four blocks in total.  The half square triangles were made in the usual way using 2.7/8" squares.  Place a white and light blue square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4" seam either side of the line and cut along the line.  This gives two half square triangle units.

The total fabric requirement for the quilted table runner:
Light blue:  twenty four 2.1/2" squares and sixteen 2.7/8" squares
Dark blue:  thirty two 2.1/2" squares plus three 2.1/2" strips for the binding
White:  fifty six 2.1/2" squares and sixteen 2.7/8" squares
Rectangles of batting and backing fabric about 14" by 50"

Lay the squares out as shown, sew together across the rows and then sew the rows together.  Make four of these blocks.

Sew them together in a column, rotating the blocks so that you get the zigzag effect running along the length of the quilted table runner.

Layer with backing fabric right side down, batting and patchwork on the top with right side up.  Quilt, baste and then trim the edges and add binding as for any quilt.

This quilted table runner is really quick and easy to make, but quite eyecatching.

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