Hello everyone! In today’s post we will make a simple quilted table runner for spring!
Alert: there are lots of pictures! If you are wanting to make this table-runner, then hunt through your scraps for cheery colors for the flowers, background fabric, plus border & binding fabric. I used some spare fat quarters for the backing. Let’s get started!
Picking the quilt pattern and choosing colors is a part of the quilting process that I absolutely love! This pattern is called Vintage Blossom and is a remake of the vintage Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern ~ one of my favorites!
My color palette is red, aqua, cotton candy pink, and yellow. Here is my set-up with the fabrics I’m considering. On the Ipad there I’m watching a tutorial for this pattern.
Each flower has seven petals & a center. First I cut the center and petals for each flower into 5″ squares, then group each flower together. I already love how the colors are playing together!
Next I stacked the petal pieces (to save time), then cut them in half.
Next, the petal shapes are cut out with the half hexi template from the Missouri Star Quilting Co. This post isn’t sponsored, I just really like their products!
Next I cut & pressed 2.5″ strips for the back ground.
You’ll also need white quarter hexis to complete your block. I cut hexi shapes from part of the strips, then cut these in half.
You will also cut a 6″ strip and use the hexi template on one side.
Now you are ready to design your flowers!
Once you have the petals & centers how you like them, use the white strips to fill in the sides to make a square block.
You can see the 6″ pieces fitting nicely in the corners.
Now begin sewing the hexis together in strips. I found that overlapping the edges slightly kept the strips straight.
This video clip shows how to sew the hexis together.
Now the strips can be sewn together.
I pinned each juncture so the seams would match up.
We have a flower block! The edges are a bit ragged so now is a good time to trim up.
You may notice that the top & bottom edges need a white sash to complete the block.
We will add that white sashing next.
So fun to see it coming along!
Now all three blocks can be sewn together. If you have a large table & need a longer table-runner, simply add more blocks.
Now we’ll add the border. I cut 2″ strips, sewed them together & laid it around the runner to check for length. Just a bit more…
I cut & pieced a little more border fabric ~ & had just enough!
Next I attached the short sides of the border edges first. Then the longer top & bottom borders. It already looks like a table runner & we are almost finished!
Now for the backing.
I spread out the fat quarters, cut them even, sewed them together to make a back about 1″ bigger than the top. Then I cut the quilt batting about 1″ larger than the back on all sides.
Now to “sandwich” the batting in between the top & bottom.
We are ready to quilt!
Long, wavy lines seemed to fit the design of this table runner & since I’m new to machine quilting simple is best!
Starting in the center at one end I simply sewed a wavy line from end to end down the middle of the runner. Then I “echoed” that line over & over until I reached the border.
It is important to work from the center out to reduce the possibility of wrinkles or bubbles on the back.
Half way quilted!
Quilting done! Now time for the final touches! First to trim the quilt batting off, then prepare for binding.
Again, I cut the binding to 2″ and laid it out to be sure there was enough. Once the binding was sewn into one long strip I attached it to the edge of the table-runner.
To turn the corner I follow the method from an online tutorial. Simply sew off the corner, then fold the binding over & continue sewing down the next side.
Once the binding is on trim the corners to reduce bulk, fold the binding under twice & pin. Make tidy folds to turn the binding around the corners.
And the underside. Cutting the binding at 2″ and folding it under twice ensures there is enough fabric to be caught when stitching in the ditch from the top side.
Flip the runner to the top side and “stitch-in-the-ditch”. This means sewing right in the seam where the table-runner meets the binding.
Note: Hand sewing this step is also an option & usually the one I choose for a more handmade look.
We now have a finished table runner!
My sister says the color scheme reminds her of the Pioneer Woman’s style ~ I can see why!
It was such fun making a table-runner with you today! I hope you found this tutorial helpful & inspiring. If you enjoyed this post please pin, share, & comment below!
Have a lovely day,