It seems as if I've been trying to get this post ready for weeks...I so appreciate all the positive support for this little pattern! I had so much fun making another version to use for the photos and have even started another (these runners make the best Christmas gifts).
I'm using the smaller version of the pattern for the tutorial. Here is what you'll need for the small table runner:
- First, make three nine-patch blocks using 2 1/2" squares (you'll need one Moda candy pack or 27 squares for this step). Your nine-patch blocks will be 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" (unfinished).
- Next, cut one square 10" x 10" from your background fabric. Cut this square twice on the diagonal to make your four side-setting triangles.
- Cut two squares 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" from background fabric. Cut these squares once on the diagonal to make the four corner triangles.
- Cut two strips of fabric 2" x width of fabric (not shown in this photo). You can use background fabric or a coordinating print. This is for your borders.
- Cut three strips of fabric 2 1/4" x width of fabric. This is the red fabric shown in the photo. You will use this to make your binding.
- One piece of batting 18" x 36"
- One piece of backing fabric 18" x 36"
Lay out your 9-patch blocks, your side setting triangles (the larger triangles) and the corner triangles. This way you'll be able to see how you need to put your rows together. Be sure to handle the triangle pieces as little as possible since they have bias edges and can easily stretch.
To sew a side setting triangle to a nine-patch block, line up the 90-degree corner of the triangle with the nine-patch block, right sides together. Sew using a 1/4" seam.
Press your seam allowance towards the setting triangle. You will notice that the triangle extends beyond the top edge of the nine-patch. Don't worry about this. It is important that they are even along the lower edge as shown in the photo above.
Sew all four setting triangles to the nine-patch blocks. You will notice from the photo above that the end 9-patch blocks each have one setting triangle sewn to them; however, the center 9-patch blocks has a setting triangle sewn on two sides.
Next, begin to sew these three sections together. In the photo above the center 9-patch section has been sewn to one end section.
When all three sections have been sewn together your runner will look like the photo above.
The next step is to sew the corner triangles on to the ends. Center the corner triangle on top of one end of the 9-patch. The corner triangle will extend past both ends of the 9-patch block.
After you have sewn the corner triangle to the end, press out towards the corner triangle. Next you can sew the other corner triangle on and then repeat on the remaining two corners on the other side of your runner.
Your runner will now be rectangular in shape and is ready for some borders.
Measure your runner lengthwise and cut two pieces of your border fabric to that length.
Sew using a 1/4" seam and press out towards the borders. Measure the ends of your runner and cut two pieces of border fabric to that length.
Sew the end border sections to your runner, again pressing out towards the border. Now you are ready to quilt and bind your runner!
You can make your runner longer by making more 9-patch blocks and cutting more side-setting triangles.
And you can make your runner in holiday fabrics and in your favorite everyday prints!
If you're making a runner from this tutorial, I'd love to showcase it in my parade. Simply e-mail a photo of your finished runner by December 9th to be included. And check back on December 10th for another fun project with 2 1/2" Moda Candy squares.
Thanks so much for stopping by!