Saturday Sewing: Quilt as You Go Holiday Table Runner

This table runner is a quick-make project and perfect gift for the holidays.  The best part is that it is quilted as you piece it and is finished once you sew in your last strip.  Use an orphan 8 ½” block for the centre or just make it plain.  The strips can vary in width and add a little interest to the project or use left over 2 ½” binding strips.  Add decorative stitches in the ditch to add a little bling. 

Material needed:

Backing: one piece of fabric preferably a busy print 20” x 45”.  For the purpose of this project the length is 45”.  You can however make it longer by adding more strips.

Batting: 20” x 45” A low loft works best for this project.

1 Centre square cut 8 ½” x 8 ½”.

1 strip 2 ½” x 45” of 5 coordinating colours.

3 strips 2 ½” x 45” for binding.

Supplies:

Rotary Cutter

Acrylic ruler

Sewing machine in working order

Frixion Marker

Instructions:

  • From each coordinating strip of fabric, sub cut the strips into 2 x 2 ½” x 9” and 2 x 2 ½” x 11”
  •  Place the backing fabric right side down on the work table horizontally.
  • Lay the batting on top and smooth out with your hands.
  • Using the Frixion Marker, mark the centre vertically and Horizontally, this line will disappear once your start ironing.
  • Place the centre block right side up, lining up the corners with the marked lines in the centre of the table runner.
  • Using the marker number each quadrant 1 – 4 starting bottom left corner.
  • With the first strip of fabric and right sides together, line up the 8” strip so that the corners on the horizontal line match up.  Pin in place.  The strip will be a little longer than the centre square but that is ok.
  • Using a ¼” seam allowance sew down the seam making sure to sew through all three layers the fabric, batting and backing.
  • Flip the strip over and press.
  • Place the 11” strip right sides together, matching again at the centre horizontal line.  Pin and sew.
  • Place the second 8” strip on the other side again lining up with the centre horizontal line.  Sew through all layers, flip and press.
  • Place the second 11” strip right sides together, matching again at the centre horizontal line.  Pin and sew.  Now you have completed around the centre block with one colour.  The Horizontal line should line up with the strips.  There will be overhang on the outside edges but that will be trimmed away later.

Place right sides together the second colour 8” strip in the first quadrant lining up the centre horizontal line.

  • Continue with the remaining strips to the end repeating the previous steps.
  • Once all strips are sewn, trim by lining up your ruler with the outside edge to get a nice clean cut and remove all the ends of the strips. 
  • Trim the ends in a triangle shape.
  • Using your decorative stitches already in your machine, stitch in the ditch using a decorative thread. I used Madeira Metallic silver thread. Remember to change your needle according to the thread you may use.
  • Bind your runner using your favourite technique.
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11 Responses to Saturday Sewing: Quilt as You Go Holiday Table Runner

  1. CherylAnn says:

    Has anyone tried to use the Binder Attachment to attach the binding? I’m wondering how going around the corners that are not 90° would work.

    I love this table runner as it looks very easy. I’m going to try it as I desperately need a few table runners – Christmas might be the first.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • Liz Thompson says:

      Yes, Cheryl. I have used the quilt binder on quilt corners, curves and not necessarily 90 degree angles. You just need to fold the little miter accordingly. Curves are a bit trickier as you may need to use a 2 inch BIAS strip if the curves are not super gentle. And the bias strtches as it goes through the Quilt binder so you have to practice to master this stretch factor.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. Catherine says:

    Your photos don’t always show the subsequent pieces lined up on the horizontal lines. Which corner of the “next” strip is placed on the line?

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    • Liz Thompson says:

      Hi,
      I’m not sure I follow what you mean? There are numbers 1,2,3,4 in several of the photos. Once you have started adding strips around your centre block, you will know which was 1, 2, 3 and 4. You would then just keep going around adding in the same order. The intersection point or corner you mention is between 1&2 and 3&4.
      Are you asking something different?

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA.

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      • Catherine Kelley says:

        Hi Liz – I guess I’m not saying it correctly…In the photo showing the first placement of the 11″ strip the corners are not lining up to the marked lines. Perhaps I am only to be concerned with the horizontal line? Not the lateral line? I got as far as the second set of strip placement and ended up with an empty space once I pressed the strip back. I’ll rip those stitches out and try to figure it out. Thanks

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      • Liz Thompson says:

        Hi Catherine,
        NO, it is not supposed to line up like a regular log cabin. Look at the finished runner – 2 ends of each segments get cut off as it were.
        As mentioned previously, you need to line up the strips at the intersections between 1&2 and 3&4 and then continue on.
        I will ask the educator who made this project to look at your queries and add anything more she might have to offer in terms of instructions.

        Liz
        JANOME CANADA.

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      • Catherine Kelley says:

        Thanks Liz – I figured it out. What threw me was the lining up at the horizontal line for all pieces, when you really need to butt the end of the 2nd strip to the end of the first. I’ve got it now, and finished my first table runner already! Thank you
        BTW – there are two photos in your post where the strips are not lined up to the horizontal line…that’s what confused me…

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      • Liz Thompson says:

        Ok, glad you got it figured out.

        Liz
        JANOME CANADA

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      • Liz Thompson says:

        Hi Catherine,
        Monique, the educator who designed this says the following: In the photo showing the first placement of the 11″ strip the corners are not lining up to the marked lines. Perhaps I am only to be concerned with the horizontal line and not the lateral line?
        She is right to only be concerned with the horizontal lines and not the vertical line.
        The outside edges, if they do not line up, it won’t matter because it will be cut off or trimmed off.

        Liz
        JANOME CANADA

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  3. MaryEllen MacGregor says:

    why cant i print this?Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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    • Liz Thompson says:

      Hi,
      We publish this information in the Word press blog format, not as a downloadable PDF which you can print. However, you can copy and paste it into a word document and then print.
      We do have some projects on our http://www.janome.ca website which are downloadable PDF’s.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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