Monday, January 10, 2011

Modern Valentine Table Runner Tutorial

Be Mine Blog Tour Day 2



I'm super excited to share my Modern Valentine Table Runner tutorial with you today as part of the "BeMine Blog Tour!" This is a fun design that can be as scrappy as you want to make it.  You can use scraps, charm squares, even extra layer cake squares that you might have--only the border requires pieces that are bigger than a layer cake square.


You'll need: (Finished runner measures 12 1/2" by 44 1/2")
  • 20-2 1/2" squares (can be cut from 5 charm squares or a variety of scraps)
  • 3/8 yard white (I used Moda Bella Bleached White).  From this cut 10-1 1/2" by 4 1/2"  pieces along with 10-1 1/2" by 6 1/2" pieces.  You will also cut your outer border strips--wait to cut until you have your exact measurements--mine were 2-2 1/2" by 12 1/2" and 2-2 1/2" by 40 1/2".
  • 1/8 yard accent fabric one (this could also be scrappy, cut from a variety of strips or cut from layer cake squares. You'll need to cut 3-1 1/2" by width of fabric strips if using yardage.  From this (or from scraps) cut 6 strips 1 1/2" by 6 1/2" and 6 strips 1 1/2" by 8 1/2."
  • 1/8 yard accent fabric two (again, this can be scrappy). If using yardage cut 2-1 1/2" by width of fabric strips.  From this cut 4-1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips and 4-1 1/2" by 8 1/2" strips.
  • 1/4 yard binding fabric. From this cut 3 strips 2 1/4" by width of fabric.
  • Backing fabric for your finished runner which will be about 12 1/2" by 44 1/2".


Cut 2 1/2" squares for your 4-patch blocks.

Cut your accent strips.



Make 5 4-patch blocks.  I made mine all the same, but scrappy ones would be really cute.


Sew a white 1 1 /2" by 4 1/2" accent strip to either side of each 4-patch block. Press out toward the accent strips.



Sew a white 1 1/2" by 6 1/2" accent strip to the top and bottom of each 4-patch block.  Again, press toward the accent strips.

You will now add accent borders to each 4-patch block just as you added the white accent strips. Make three of one color way and two of the other.



Of course, you can also make your outer accent borders scrappy.


Sew the 5 blocks together.  I turned every other block so I wouldn't have to worry about matching seams. If you look closely at the above photo you can see how the blocks were turned so this would work out. Add long borders first (this will keep you from having to piece these borders).  Mine were 40 1/2" long; however, measure the length of your topper before cutting.  Add the shorter borders last--mine were 12 1/2" long.  Press seams towards borders.


Now make a quilt sandwich with your runner top, batting, and backing.  Quilt as desired, then add binding.



I'd love to see any runners you make using this tutorial.  There is a flikr group here for photos of any of your projects from the Be Mine Blog Tour.




Be sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from FatQuarterShop and also for a chance to win a charm pack of Deb Strain's Love is in the Air from me (this is the fabric I used to make my runner)! Also, if you comment on the project post of each of the featured blogs you'll be eligible for the drawing for a grand prize $100 gift certificate from the FatQuarterShop! 



Yesterday's project was Valentine heart ornaments with Vickie...and tomorrow's blog tour stop is with Jen at Miss Punkie Pie!

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Miss 376 said...

What an effective design, but so simple to do, it's gorgeous

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow......very nice....thanks so much for the tutorial...

koentopp_heidi said...

I love it! Thanks for a great project!

Heather S. said...

I also love the basket! Are there instructions posted anywhere for that? They look great together...

Helle said...

Great tutorial and cute fabric! Thanks for sharing!

Merete said...

The runner is so cute! I agree with Heather above, I like the basket in the picture aswell....

Mystica said...

Not just beautiful but its also easy to do. Thanks for the explicit tutorial

Debi said...

I love the runner AND the basket!:) Thanks for the tutorial!

Debi
debi1953@sbcglobal.net

SoozeM said...

Wow I absolutely love your table runner, I will definitely be making one of my own! Thankyou so much for sharing it with us!

Melissa said...

I really love your table runner... thanks for such a great tutorial and giveaway:) I guess I need to get busy making one of my own!

Jane said...

Too cute!

Katy (France) said...

Awww, this blog tour is so sweet! Thanks for the tutorial ♥

Tonya said...

What a cute table runner! And it looks easy enough that even I could do!

Penny said...

That's a super cute runner! And I need the charm pack of 'Deb Strain's Love is in the Air'to make it!!! Thanks Sherri :)

Peach Rainbow said...

Awww, That's a sweet table runner - Thanks for the tutorial & the giveaway :)

Laurie in Maine said...

My double sided table runner is currently snowmen & Christmas themed. Perfect timing!

Baskets Of Quilts said...

Wow looks easy enough that even I could finish one! Thanks for the tutorial and blog tour!

Deb said...

I love the fabric you used for this fabulous runner. Such a great tutorial. Thank you.

Paula said...

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial; love the fabrics you used!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Allyson said...

Very cute! That's a darling little line of Valentine's prints.

Varga Györgyi said...

Your table runner is so lovely. Thanks for sharing Sherri. This is a great blog-tour with superb giveaway! Györgyi

Suzan said...

Darling table runner and such a great tutorial! I am so glad I decided to follow this "hop" 'cause otherwise I don't know if I would have found your blog!

María Cristina said...

Hermoso proyecto!!!
Gracias por el tutorial!!!

Chocolate Cat said...

I'll be sure to try this table runner!

Stacey said...

super cute!! i cannot wait to have my own place, then i can start making things for all the different holidays and seasons!! (wish i had the space to now)
thanks, it is cute.

Susanne said...

Thank you for this cute table runner instruction! I really would like to sew it :) The fabric line is also really cute. But FQS doesn't seam to have it in store.
Best wishes
Susanne

quilary said...

The table runner looks great, especially the different accent frames for the hearts. The heart fabric is gorgeous.

Trudi said...

The table runner is beautiful! Now we can all make one!

Annie said...

Such a cute project! Thank you for the great tutorial!

Suzette said...

I'm a sucker for a table runner and this one is so cute-love the fabrics.

Carol said...

Very, very cute!

luv2quilt2 said...

What a cute clever table runner. It should go together very easily. I love it!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Very cute! Thanks for the chance to win:)

Bluzbrod said...

I heart those little hearts! Thanks for sharing.

Annie said...

How very cute!! I can't believe it's time to move on from Christmas to Valentines Day!! Thanks for the pattern - simple but pleasing.

Martina said...

Lovely project! Like the quilting very much! Thanks for sharing!

Lee said...

Love the quilting on the runner and the fabric is great! thanks and have a wonderful day!

Kigwit said...

Very sweet tablerunner. I like that it doesn't scream Valentines but is just sweet.

Patricia said...

It's beautiful. Thank you!

JayTee said...

what a cute runner and such a great tutorial. I love the pinks and reds

Melissa said...

Absolutely Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Vickie said...

This is adorable! I love it!
Thanks for sharing!

SueB said...

WOW what a great project. I was looking for a simple Valentines runner and now I have it. thanks so much I am going to make this today and send it to my daughter in law.

Dianne said...

So cute! Great idea for using up those valentines scraps!

Shirley said...

I "love" table runners and and will definitely be making this one. Thanks for sharing your awesome tutorial!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

OK - I have to see what I have in my stash and make one of these today. My daughter would love this - perfect size for her table. And a backing fabric with some spring flowers and she has a reversable runner. Thank you for a great tutorial.

Johanna said...

Adorable! I have never made a table runner in my whole life but this one made me want one!
Thank you for sharing!

KaHolly said...

This table runner is quite attractive and I think would brighten up any room. You did a great job with the tutorial! Thanks. ~kaholly

Sandy said...

Thanks Sherri for the cute pattern. I can't wait to get started!

Donna said...

Adorable table runner. And, I love the fabrics. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop. The pattern is most appreciated. Happy quilting.

heleen said...

What a lovely tablerunner. I like the cubic hearts, very modern.
Hello from the Netherlands

Jeanie said...

Puts me in the Valentine's Day mood! Very sweet and easy to understand tutorial. Thanks for all!

Barbara said...

snow is falling outside and I needed a project- thank you for the great runner !

Kathleen Grace said...

I love everything about this runner nad it would look so pretty with either my red and white dishes or my plain white! Thanks for the idea:>)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Gorgeous table runner and a fab tutorial. please count me in on your generous giveaway!

Quilting Mom said...

What a beautiful and simple table runner!

joycem said...

Love the tablerunner.

In the Heart of Happy said...

This runner has such a happy feel to it...and can be utilized in many different combinations...so much so, I think I will make one today!

Thanks!

Linda P in IL said...

Thanks! This is really cute and something I might actually finish!!
Love blog tours, a great way to met new friends!

Dorian said...

A lovely runner Sherri. Thanks for the pattern and a chance of winning.

Stephanie said...

Sweet!

Carol said...

Thankyou for helping me make our Valentine's Day the best one yet! I really love the tablerunner and the fabric is just right!

Peaceful Piecer said...

Sweet! Thanks for a chance to win!

Orcsmom said...

Love, love, love it!!!

Pam

FML Crochet said...

Simple and beautiful!

Val said...

I really like your table runner idea. I need all the help I can get with colour and design.

Karen said...

Love it! Love it! Thank you very much for sharing the pattern. I am looking forward to make this tablerunner.

Katie said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

tpott said...

Like I said yesterday Valentine is my maiden name, this table runner would be great in my livingroom. Its also my second favorite holiday, Halloween is my first. Thanks for the great tutorial and the chance win!!!!!! I'm loving the tour.....

Kristen said...

I love it! One of these is going on my to sew list! Thanks!

AnneMarie said...

Thanks so much for the tute! I have a charm pack ready and waiting! Great idea...

Tiffany said...

Love the runner - I am adding this to my to do list! :D

magirite said...

Great project. It's on the list. Thanks for the tuitorial.
~M~
magirite@gmail.com

Tiffaney said...

Thanks for share such a fun tutorial.

Janet said...

Great table runner idea - that'd work for so many holiday fabrics! Thanks, and thanks for the opportunity!

jfquilts@gmail.com

mama dub said...

Thanks for such a cute Valentine table runner. I have just the fabrics for it. I will have to get it sewn this month!

annemarie said...

Absolutely beautiful - love the fabrics. Thanks for the tutorial.

Diane H said...

Thanks very much - great pattern! Just love the fabric.

Mommarock said...

This is so cute. Thank you for sharing.. I'm a newer quilter, and one of my goals is to have a table runner for each holiday.. this will be fantastic for Valentines day!

karenfae said...

what a wonderful table runner - please add me to your give away and thanks for taking the time of posting the tutorial.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh so cute on the table with the little hearts and tote! Well done!

Sunnybec said...

Thank you for the tut. I am in the middle of making a quilt using the same "heart" design, it's so easy to do. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda

Darlene B said...

What a great table runner. This would be beautiful in any colorway or seasonal fabrics. Thanks so much!

Renea said...

Love your table runner. Thanks for a chance at winning a prize.

rebecca said...

Great runner pattern and tutorial. Mine will be scapy and I'll be sure to share!!

Dorothy said...

I love the tablerunner pattern! I am going to make one today!
Thanks
Dorothy from IL

Quilt n Queen said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet project and no calories. Thanks for the table runner tutorial. I've some valentine fabric and sure would like to get one made before Valentine's day. Love the basket too:) Have a wonderful day...thanks again.

paulette said...

Wow!! I love this little runner!! Thanks so much for the pattern!! I'm going to make this up for my dresser...it's perfect!
thanks!
Paulette

Linda said...

So pretty. Great design!! I'll be sure to make it in a variety of themes. Thanks so much!

Cindy said...

Great project, Sherri. And I love the ease of it, and that it can be so quickly completed...a day project.

And not having to match any seams makes this a great project for anyone.

Thank you for inspiring so many of us.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

It's amazing how a simple project can have such wonderful result. I can't wait to make my own runner.
Thank you very much for the pattern.

Quilter Kim said...

Love your tablerunner. Thanks for the directions.

Tracy said...

One can never have enough table runners - this is going to make a nice addition to my collection! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Michelle said...

This is a great pattern! Thanks for sharing!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

This is a great valentine! And it looks like something I might actually get finished!! Thanks for the instructions.

Cindy said...

Thanks for the adorable project. Love it!

Brenda said...

Love the pattern. I'm off to see if I have enough pinks, reds and whites in my stash. Thank you!

Stray Stitches said...

Beautiful table runner. The design is simple enough but looks much harder. Thanks for the tutorial.

free indeed said...

Love the tablerunner! I like that you turned the blocks, not only for ease of sewing, but then it is multi directional as well. I am making 2011 my year of the table runners...I want to make a bunch for myself and for gifts at the end of the year. This will be one of them! Thanks

Barb said...

What a cute runner and wonderful tutorial.

Brooke said...

very sweet! I particularly love the fabrics that you chose because I think you could leave that runner out for Easter too. Thanks so much for a quick and fun project!

annmarie said...

Great tutorial. I made tablerunners for xmas presents so I think I'll make this one for my sister too. thanks.

Cindy said...

What a cute runner! I have some valentine fabric and didn't know what to do with it...now I do! Thanks for the tutorial!

Laurie said...

What a great project! Thanks!

Pepe said...

Very cute this table runner! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

Sarah N. said...

Adorable table runner! Thanks for the tutorial!

deserae said...

What a cute runner! I love it!

Sonja said...

This is sooo cute! Love the quilting!

Darlene said...

Another lovely project and I have just the fabric for this! Thanks for a chance to win.

Lissa said...

I wanted a small project to start out the new year, this will be perfect! too cute!

lissaneyhartpc@yahoo.com

Christa V said...

I really like this project...I think I might have to try it!

JANET said...

what a great project

Tiffany said...

That looks simple enough to try! Those colors are fabulous!

sarahbethe said...

What a gorgeous project! And I absolutely love the fabric. Thanks for sharing. sarahbethe AT yahoo dot com

suz said...

Great table runner pattern - easy to do but a lot of impact! Thank you for sharing this tutorial.

Mama Spark said...

I really love how this came out. Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

LOVE the table runner! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I'm definitely putting this on my "to do" list!

Jean Burke said...

Thanks so much for sharing this table runner - it's is just precious! What a lovely way to chase the winter blues! Thanks again - have a wonderful Valentine's day!!! Piece....

Diane N said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. What a lovely table runner!

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

Really nice job on the runner! I love the quilting you did on it. Thanks for sharing.

Abbybeth said...

I'm not a big fan of hearts, but I like the modern twist on them w/ this runner. And it looks really quick and simple to put together!

Lorraine said...

So cute! And I have the fabric picked out. Moda of course!

dawson.tracy35 said...

Wow I love this tutorial and cant wait to make it! Thanks for sharing and a great giveaway!

Tracy

dawson.tracy35@yahoo.com

Kasey said...

Cute runner! LOVE the fabric choice! Thanks for showing this to us.

Marilyn said...

Love this runner pattern and your choice of fabrics. Plan on making this soon. Thanks so much.

Cynthia said...

Very cute and it looks like something I can teach my kids. Thanks for sharing!

Jen said...

So cute. I've been thinking of making a valentines day table runner.

Karenkay said...

Its a beautiful table runner , and I love the basket as well!

The Purple Turtle said...

love that fabric!! I used it for a quilt-a-long last year!

Your table runner is very pretty, really shows how soft that collection is!

LOVE LOVE LOVE that basket in the last picture too!!

Christie said...

Very cute table runner! Thanks for sharing. HUGS... and stitches

Suzie said...

It's a lovely table runner, Sherri! I love the quilting with hearts and swirls! The fabrics are beautiful, too. Thanks for the tutorial!

Amy said...

Lovely tutorial!
Thank you

Karen said...

Just my style! I love it! Thanks for the nice tutorial. When I do make one (not anytime soon....lots of UFOs) I'll be sure to share a pic with you.

Karen

dianne said...

thank you - i DO appreciate this tutorial!!!

Lauren H said...

Really cute table runner! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Betty said...

Nice tutorial. Your table runner is very festive.

Marie said...

I love the tutorial, so clear and concise. Thank you for sharing, the end product is quite inspiring.

Ceci said...

Thanks for the tutorial, it´s a very beautiful proyect, so sweet the colors!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Madame Samm said...

STunning and filled with heart, your heart through and through

Linda K said...

Thanks for the chance to win!! I think I could do this project- by Valentine's Day maybe!

Sarah Craig said...

Oooh, Sherri, that's so pretty - and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!!

on vacation with di and Paul said...

I've never made a Valentine's project and this looks like the perfect starting point for me.

Linda said...

Cute table runner. Thanks.

Jen said...

Just what I needed! Seriously! Thank you!

Kathy H said...

What a cute table runner.Iwas wondering what you were going to make with the valentine charm pack. Thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway.

Lori said...

This is adorable! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Debby said...

Great give-away! I hope i will win!!

Greetings from Debby,
the Netherlands

Carol said...

This is so cute. I can see an entire quilt made this way. Thank you for sharing.

Mary said...

Very cute for Valentine's Day. Thank you for the pattern. Have a great day.
Mary

Deb said...

Nice tutorial. Enjoy reading your blog.

Wanda said...

I love it. The colors are perfect too. Thank you for a cool new project that I want to do.

Wanda
http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

Beth said...

Very pretty!

elizabeth said...

Great tutorial and cute table runner! I will have to give it a try : )

CaraQuilts said...

I love it! So pretty and quick.

Jenbug said...

What a cute table runner! I love it!

Kathy B. said...

Thanks for the super tutorial! I have lots of red and pink prints out to begin making my hearts from Vickie's Sugar Spun Quilts project. This may be the start of a definite theme for my decorating. Thanks again!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Love the fabric and the design! The quilting is pretty cool too!

MGM

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Sherri, the tablerunner is adorable! You are so creative. Thanks for sharing the little tutorial.

ferne said...

This is just what I am needing! Thanks for sharing!

Molly said...

Very cute! I love the basket too.

Prima Donna said...

Thanks for sharing. I have learned so much from online tutorials.

Kate said...

Beautiful! A great use of Valentine fabric. :)

Vintage Sandy said...

Love your table runner thanks for the tutorial!!

Linda E in AZ said...

Oow, I'd love to win this!
Those red and whites are gorgeous!

Quilt Grammy said...

What a wonderful project. I just cleaned up the sewing room. Need to get busy on this!

Melissa said...

How wonderfully simple and gorgeous. This is going to be perfect for a couple of groups I wasn't sure how to handle. Thanks!

Donnamo said...

I am working to finish my Valentine Table Runner today. Love yours!

Cyndi said...

That runner is just so stinkin' cute! I'm a new quilter and I do believe I can make this. I'm certainly going to give it a try - I have no Valentine decorations!

Thank you so much for the tutorial, and for your generous give away and the chance to play along!

Have a Happy day!

XOXO,

Cyndi

cyberphenicia said...

I live your quilted runner. Thanks for the tutorial and the generous giveawy!

Karen said...

Super beginner friendly and can be tailored for any holiday.
Thanks!

Jen said...

Your runner is so cute and I love the basket in the backround!

Jen in NY said...

Wow, that's beautiful. I'm always looking for new table runner patterns and this is perfect. Thank you!

Nanbon44 said...

what a fun and easy project, perfect to dress up my table... thanks
ladycolmn(at)aol(dot)com

krisgray said...

Wonderful tut! Hhmm - think I will measure the piano and see if I can make a runner it w batik scraps! Thank you!

jabeybaby said...

I love this table runner! I will definitely be making one of these!

Terriaw said...

What a pretty table runner! I bet it's nice to have that splash of color in the house this time of year. Thanks for the link to those adorable heart ornaments. Might have to try those too.

twodraftmom said...

Love this modern runner! Thanks for sharing.

Moneik said...

Love this super cute and easy tablerunner. I'm thinking I may just have to whip one up!

Tiffany Sherman said...

Starting to get in the Valentine mood!!

Janice said...

I love this table runner. I dont really do Valentines day, but I love hearts and pink, so this table runner might make me change my mind.

Thanks for the giveaway

Staci said...

I like this very much. I've been looking for a cute & fast Valentine table runner pattern. I'd like to make a couple as gifts. Thank you very much!!

james and bess said...

this is so cute!! i think i'll try a scrappy version - thanks for the inspiration!

bess :)

Linda said...

It's sure a nice design and would be easy to make in any combination of fabrics. Thanks for sharing it. And thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!

Hattie said...

What a cute, quick little holiday runner! Thanks so much for sharing!

Nicole said...

Your runner is super cute! Makes me realize I need to make more of them for myself! Great quilting too.

Maria said...

I really like the fabric you used for this project, thank you for sharing.

Stormy Days said...

I love that! Thank you so much.

Rita said...

i have never made a runner before -- this would be a good one to start with. i would also go for darker, scrappy fabrics in red and cream. thank you!

Jessica said...

Sherri, that is such a lovely runner, I love the modern design! Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

Cute, cute runner! Love the little basket you've got in that least photo, too! Thanks for sharing

Quiltsmiles said...

What a sweet tutorial. Thanks for the excellent instructions, you make me want to try this one out and get it done for Valentine's Day. Jane

Wendy said...

Great tutorial....a very nice valentine runner......I may have to make myself one of these...

A Girl said...

Beautiful! I love the fabrics you used. Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Very sweet, have the perfect spot for one of my own.

Deb said...

Love table runner and topper tutorials...yours are always wonderful! Thanks for the chance to not only win the giveaway but to make something new!

Rita said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing.

Dee said...

Very nice table topper and it looks like a quick project too!

Marlena said...

Love the design and the fabrics. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

Ruby said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial! Just what I needed
since I put away my Christmas runner.

Gali said...

what a great giveaway.
:)
katz.gali@gmail.com

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