Natural Collections Table Runner
Updated: Jul 19, 2022
Project by Gill Rich
I love a quilted table runner, it sets off your table and can be easily changed for the different seasons throughout the year. Why not give this one a go, it’s fairly easy to make.
Approximate size 44” x 12”
You Will Need:
A bundle of fat quarters with five different fabrics. I chose the Natural Collection from the Craft Cotton Co
Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter.
Coordinating thread, I used Gutterman Thread in light cream
Backing fabric (1.5m)
Wadding. I used Heritage Premium Quilt Wadding mid-weight by the Craft Cotton Co.
Use a ¼” seam allowance throughout
Press seams open unless you prefer to press to one side.
Firstly you need to cut your fabrics as follows:-
From your five fabrics, choose three of your favourites to use in the project.
From Fabric A, you need to cut 8 x 4 1/2” squares. You also need to cut two 2 1/2” strips x WOF
From Fabric B you need to cut 6 x 41 /2” squares. You also need to cut two 2 1/2” strips x WOF
From Fabric C you need to cut three strips 2 1/2” wide by WOF
To make the four patch squares take one strip each of fabric A and Fabric C and stitch together along the long edge. Press the seams open. Repeat for Fabric B and Fabric C.
Taking one of the stitched together strips, measure in 2 ½” and cut through both pieces of fabric. You need 14 of each colour combination.
Stitch together one of your Fabric A+C pieces to one of your Fabric B+C pieces to make your four patch square, making sure that they are all the same way.
Take all your pieces and lay them out in your preferred way. The eight squares form the middle of the runner and the four patch squares are placed in between so play around until you are happy with the way they look. The half square triangles are then placed between the four patch squares to form your straight edge.
Stitch your pieces together in rows. The first row will consist of two squares and one triangle, the second row will be three squares and one triangle, rows 3-6 will be two triangles and three squares, row 7 will be one triangle and three squares and finally two squares and one triangle. Press all your seams open and give the top and good press all over.
Cut a piece of your backing fabric and wadding measuring approximately 14” x 46”. Now sandwich your pieces together with your backing fabric on the bottom then your wadding, then your table runner top. Pin them all together using plenty of pins to keep in place.
Quilt as desired. I stitched round on the inside of all the squares a top stitch of around ¼” in from each seam.
Once you have quilted it, you need to trim the excess backing fabric and wadding. Using your quilting ruler, trim the excess ¼” from the points of the squares to ensure when you stitch on your binding, you do not lose the points on the squares.
For your binding cut strips of your chosen fabric 1 ¼” wide. Join your strips together to form one long strip long enough to go all around your table runner. This should be approximately 115“. Fold over ¼” on one long raw edge and press. Pin the other raw edge to your runner ¼” from the edge and stitch in place. Fold over the binding to the back of the runner, pin and slip stitch in place.
Give your table runner a good press, place on your table and admire your handiwork!
Made by Gill Rich for The Craft Cotton Co 2022.