Backwards Friday: An Angled Table Runner

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Today will be a little different. I am not going backwards in time for my block. What I’m doing is taking a picture a friend shared on Facebook and showing you my version of a pattern for it. I made it in the Valentine’s theme because February is coming up fast and I had some fabric that was perfect for it!

Materials List:

  • 1 yard backing fabric
  • 4 fat quarters of various colors
  • 1 yard batting – I used Insulbrite. I always use that so I never have to worry about putting hot plates on my table runners.

That’s it! There will be leftovers and you can bind with them or use them in another project. This is perfect for a scrap table topper – using up what’s sitting around your sewing room. I can not show the original picture my friend shared on Facebook – unfortunately. You’ll have to do with mine. I alternated my colors and had fun with it.

Instructions:

  • Primary Line: (16) 10 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Secondary Line 1: (8) 10 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Secondary Line 2: (4) 10 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Corner Blocks: (14) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and (1) 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″

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Pick your fabrics. Cut your strips and corner blocks and lay them out in the following arrangement – make it pleasing to your eyes.

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Start with the center 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ square and work your way like you would with a Log Cabin.

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I started by sewing all my corner blocks to a strip of 10 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – just one, mind you. You’ll join them in a minute. This is now the 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ joined strip.

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Start by attaching a 10 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strip to the left

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Following that, join the 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ joined strip to the other side. Work your way in this venue until it is the length you set out. When done, switch and do the opposite side in the same fashion.

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When finished and it is the length that you want, take it to your cutting board. Fold it in half (it should match up perfectly) and trim the extras off. I lined up my piece with the center on an inch line and then cut to a 1/4″ on each side. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see it is just a smidgen past the end of the seams.

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Neatly trimmed and ready for final assembly.

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At this stage, you could lay out your batting with your backing face up on top of it and then lay your pieced table runner face down on top of that. I sewed a 1/4″ around the table runner and left a gap to turn it right side out.

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After turning it right side out, I stitched a quarter inch all the way around, closing the hole I left for turning, and then quilted around all the pieces. I didn’t get a picture of the back but I’m sure you understand? Click on the pictures to see them larger, if you wish. Click your back button when done to return here.

Quick and easy – took about 2 hours to create, from start to finish. I had enough leftovers from my fat quarters, I might be able to make another one. You could quilt it the “normal” way and use the leftovers for a binding, if you wish. Or, you could make it bigger. You could do anything!

Also, if you want to make a quilt out of these, just make multiples of them, add sashing between, and wala!

Have fun!

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