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Table Runner Pattern

Three examples of table runners made with scrap quilt blocks.

Janet Wickell

It's Easy to Customize the Table Runner Pattern

Three slightly different versions of this easy table runner pattern are illustrated above. As shown, the runners each finish at 12-1/2" x 72-1/2". Quilt blocks finish at 12" square, so the extra 1/2" included in final dimensions is due to the 1/4" wide binding on all sides of the table runner.

Table runner patterns are usually easy to customize, and this scrappy runner made with Depression quilt blocks is no exception.

Before you begin, ask yourself a few questions:

  • What's the ideal width and length for my table runner?
  • Do I want to make a scrap table runner, or do I prefer a more orderly fabric arrangement?
  • If made from scraps, should the table runner be made from a mixture of fabric colors, or contain primarily one color?

Alter the Design of Depression Quilt Blocks

Refer to the illustration.
  • Depression quilt blocks in the top table runner have dark/light units that are flip-flopped during assembly; blocks are alternated along the length of the runner. Notice that, with 6 blocks, the runner is does not begin and end with the same layout -- you'll need an odd number of blocks for symmetry at the ends.
  • The middle table runner is made entirely of Depression quilt blocks sewn with darks at their centers, followed by a light to dark progression.
  • The bottom runner is made entirely with blocks that have light centers. A dark to light progression follows the light centers.

Choose the layout you prefer before assembling your quilt blocks.

Change the Table Runner's Dimensions

  • Increase or decrease length in 12" increments by adding or subtracting quilt blocks.
  • Tweak length by sewing sashing strips (or other patchwork) between blocks. Strips can be any width -- remember to add 1/4" to all sides of a strip's finished dimensions to allow for a seam allowance.
  • Double the table runner's height by sewing two rows of quilt blocks.
  • Add borders to alter height and length.
  • Change the size of the quilt block; cutting instructions for 16" x 16" blocks are included below -- a 6-block table runner would measure 16-1/2" x 96-1/2". Add or subtract blocks to alter length.

Before you begin, read the Depression quilt block pattern for a discussion of the block itself.

Make placemats from groups of two 12" x 12"  or 16" x 16" quilt blocks.

Cutting Instructions

For EACH 12" square quilt block you will need:
  • (8) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" dark squares  (3/4 yard to cut the 48 squares required for 6 quilt blocks)
  • (8) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" light squares (3/4 yard to cut the 48 squares required for 6 quilt blocks)

Optional 16" x 16" Quilt Blocks

For EACH 16" square quilt block you will need:
  • (8) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" dark squares  (1 yard to cut the 48 squares required for 6 quilt blocks)
  • (8) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" light squares (1 yard to cut the 48 squares required for 6 quilt blocks)

Other Materials

A piece of very low-loft quilt batting, or flannel, that's about 4" wider and longer than your table runner.

Quilt backing, the same size as the batting.

Continuous binding strips that will finish at 1/4" wide, their length equal to the total perimeter around the quilt plus about 25".

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