Batik String Angles Table Runner Tutorial

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Are you thinking about making a string quilt table runner? This one is so much fun and has a beautiful look. I think you’ll enjoy this tutorial!

The String Angles Table Runner is made with the Ocean Odyssey collection from Island Batik.

quilted table runner made with strings

I had a precut packet of 10-inch squares that I used for my paper piecing blocks.

I decided to just use the blue, teal and wine colors, I’ll use the rest of the colors for another project.

October was the month we were to share a paper pieced project as an Island Batik ambassador…..I had this done but wanted to share a tutorial so it is a couple of days late. October seemed to fly by!

Batik String table runner on deck rail

My quilt project is actually more of a string piecing project instead of a paper pieced project but……there is paper behind my blocks so I’m going with this table runner project!

String Angles Table Runner Tutorial

16″ x 34″

Our telephone books get smaller and smaller every year, I wonder how much longer they will be printed. That is what I used for my blocks.

String Angles Table Runner made with Ocean Odyssey from Island Batik

String piecing

  • Cut the paper into 7-inch squares.
  • Cut the batiks into 1½” x 10″ strips.
  • Place the first one in the center of the paper and then place another one on top and stitch the seam.
  • The seam allowance is a scant ¼”.
  • Use a shorter than normal stitch length so it is easy to rip out after you are done.
  • Continue adding strips on each side until you have completely covered the square.
String Angles table runner made with ocean odyssey batik strips

Here is the front of your block before trimming.

String Angles table runner strip pieced block before trimming

It is always fun to take a look at the back of the block when it is all finished.

String Angles table runner strip pieced block back side before trimming

Trim your block and then carefully tear away the paper backing. Try not to pull or stretch the block as you are doing this.

String Angles table runner strip pieced block trimmed

I originally made six string pieced batik blocks that were 7-inches square.

String Angles table runner strip pieced blocks

Cut the blocks into half diagonally.

String Angles table runner strip pieced block cut to a HST

You will have a total of twelve half square triangles

String Angles table runner strip pieced block cut to a HST

Cut six 7-inch blocks from your background fabric. Then cut each of them diagonally to give you twelve half square triangles from the background fabric.

String Angles table runner strip pieced blocks sewn together

Sew these together with a ¼” seam allowance, press toward the dark fabric.

String Angles table runner strip pieced blocks sewn together

Here are the blocks ready to be sewn together for the String Angles table runner.

String Angles table runner blocks laid out

This is what the table runner would look like if all of the blocks were used.

When I placed the table runner on my coffee table it was too long so I removed two blocks and made it shorter.

String Angles table runner blocks laid out

If you use all 12 blocks and also add the 2½” border, your table runner will be 16″ x 40″.

Choose a matching batik for your border and cut 2½” strips to add all around.

Quilt as desired, I am using my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine to do the free motion quilting on my String Angled table runner.

What do you think? I really like the way it looks on my coffee table.

String Angles Table Runner on coffee table

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  1. Donna Daeke says:

    Hi Connie
    I forgot to ask you where do you get all your pretty batik fabric? Does Joann Fabrics carry any fabric like that. I really love all the pretty projects you do. I wish I had your talent!!!

  2. Donna Daeke says:

    Hi Connie
    What kind of batting do you use for a table runner? Do you use fusible fleece or warm and natural batting? I can’t do quilting on my machine so I just do stitch in the ditch.
    Thank you

  3. Great little project! I love the way it looks on your table. Can’t wait to see what you sew with the rest of those fabrics.

  4. such a fun runner! I think I’ve done this where I laid a big piece of the background fabric square on top, marked a diagonal and stitched 1/4 each side, then trimmed. both ways work 🙂 I love strip quilts! (my binding leftover bin is getting full again!)

  5. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Connie, This is a fantastic table runner! Plus, you know me and batiks, well I absolutely want to get a few of these! I do believe you are slowly turning me into a lover of batiks. The bright lovely array of fabrics you did choose to use to make half of the HST and then the white, just allows all of the fabrics and design to be noticed. I also want to compliment you on your tutorial. In my opinion, any quilter who has been following you for awhile and have done a couple of projects involving strips or paper piecing should be able to follow your post and create this great table runner. Thank you for sharing it with us today! Have a fabulous day!

    1. Thanks Brenda, you know how much I love batiks and I am really hoping you’ll start using them also!

  6. Tonya Reichard says:

    Wonderful table runner. Love the fabrics.

  7. Kathleen McCormick says:

    A lovely table runner and it is foundation paper piecing, just a little easier than some other paper piecing projects! Those colors are so rich and bright!