Easy Patchwork Table Runner
The colors of ripe pumpkins,
haystacks, and Indian corn come
together for the celebration of
the harvest season.
- 1/3 yard of dark red print
- 1/3 yard of tan print
- Scraps of prints, plaids, and stripes in assorted colors (red, rust, brown, tan, gray, green, gold)
- 1-1/2 yards of orange print for border
- 5 yards of wide red rickrack
- 1-7/8 yards of backing fabric
- 30 inches x 66 inches of quilt batting
1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)
All fabrics are 44/45 inch wide. Measurements have been adjusted to allow for shrinkage. All seam allowances are 1/4 inch.
Cut the fabrics
2. To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows. Cut strips across the width of the fabric. For this project, cut the border strips lengthwise (parallel to the selvage). The measurements given are mathematically correct. You may wish to add extra length now to allow for possible sewing differences.
From dark red print, cut: 3 3-1/2 inch x 42 inch strips. Cut one strip in half to make two 3-1/2 inch x 21 inch strips.
From tan print, cut: 3 3-1/2 inch x 42 inch strips Cut one strip in half to make two 3-1/2 inch x 21 inch strips.
From assorted scraps, cut: 84 2-inch squares
From orange print, cut: 2 6-1/2 inch x 51-1/2 inch border strips 2 6-1/2 inch x 27-1/2 inch border strips
3. Aligning the long edges, sew the dark red print 3-1/2 inch x 42 inch strips to the tan 3-1/2 inch x 42 inch strips alternately to make a strip set (see Diagram 1). Press the seam allowance toward the red strips. Repeat with the 3-1/2 inch x 21 inch strips. From the two strip sets, cut a total of 16 3-1/2 inch wide segments.
4. Lay out the strip set segments, alternating the red and tan squares (see photograph) to form a checkerboard pattern. Sew together the segments. Press the seam allowances in one direction.
5. Sew together 32 assorted print 2-inch squares to make a long pieced inner border. Press the seam allowances in one direction. Repeat to make another long pieced border. Sew borders to the long sides of the center. Press the seam allowances toward the center.
6. Sew together 10 assorted print 10-inch squares to make pieced inner border. Repeat. Sew these borders to the ends of the center. Press the seam allowances toward the center.
7. Sew one orange print 6-1/2 inch x 51-1/2 inch border to each long side of the pieced center. Then add a 6-1/2 inch x 27-1/2 inch border to each end. Press all seam allowances toward the outer border.
8. Sew the rickrack to the right side of the raw edges of the table runner. Layer the table runner top, batting, and backing. Quilt as desired. This table runner was machine-quilted diagonally through the center squares, outlined around the inner pieced border, and in parallel lines about 1/2 inch apart in the outer border.
9. When quilting is complete, trim the backing and batting even with the raw edge of the table runner top. Trim an additional 1/2 inch of batting. Fold the raw edges of the top layer to the inside along the rickrack sew line. Turn under 1/2 inch of backing and blindstitch folded edge to rickrack.