Are you looking for another table runner tutorial? Quick and easy quilt projects are the perfect thing to make right now while you are staying home and social distancing. I think you will like my Midnight Glow table runner tutorial in batiks.
This table runner was made with a charm pack and some additional fabric for the center squares.
It would also be perfect for quilt scraps and you could use your AccuQuilt GO! Electric cutter and the 8-inch Qube Mix & Match set if you have trouble using a rotary cutter.
16″ x 32″ table runner
Recently I shared my Midnight Glow baby quilt tutorial that I made many years ago….would you believe it was 2012! Time really flies by. It is fun to go through old posts and find a quilt project that I think many of you haven’t seen before.
Back then many of us quilters shared a new post every day, it was a time when there were giveaways all the time and our posts were more like a journal of what we were working on. At that time my internet was so slow! We could only get satellite internet, it was slow and had limits which I always went over. When you did that it either didn’t work or was slow like dial-up….remember that?
It is so neat to be able to watch movies (I got a lot more done before Netflix), take classes and share tutorials with beautiful photos with my high-speed internet now!
Okay, let’s take a look at the Midnight Glow table runner. Do you have any charm squares packs in your stash? I don’t remember when I bought this one, it was probably before I became an ambassador for Island Batik.
This particular batik charm pack has 24 five-inch squares instead of the normal 42. Now that the fabrics have ages properly….it is time to use them!
When you use a charm pack always be sure and measure them. I have had some that are no quite 5-inches and some that are a little larger. This pack had pinked edges and the measurement went right to the edge.
I like to trim about 3 or 4 pieces of fabric at a time. To make sure I didn’t goof up on my cutting (yes, I’ve done that before).
I cut the 5-inch squares in half. That gives you two – 2½” x 5″ rectangles, then trim them to 2½” x 4½”. Repeat this for all 24 squares.
I really love batiks and often mix them with other quilt fabrics. While shopping my stash I found some leftovers of this neat cream print. I bought it at Joann Fabrics quite some time ago and used it for the backing on a quilt. It was 108″ wide and I had enough for the blocks, backing and binding of my table runner.
Cut the following pieces for the table runner:
- 8 – 4½” cream squares
- 48 – 2½” x 4½” rectangles from the charm pack
Sew with a ¼” seam allowance
Add two 2½” x 4½” rectangles to two sides of the 4½” cream square as shown. Press your seams to the dark fabrics.
Sew two 2½” x 4½” rectangles together lengthwise as shown. Press your seams to the dark fabrics.
Sew your pieces together to make your blocks. Press your seams to the dark fabrics.
8½” unfinished blocks
Continue piecing your blocks. Each quilt block will measure 8½” unfinished. When sewn together you will have 8-inch blocks.
Piece your table runner, make 2 rows of 4 blocks.
I am using my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. I don’t like a sewing machine butted up to a wall. I like a table behind it to help support the weight of my quilt.
I also enjoy looking at “part” of my fabric stash. I don’t think I’ll be running out of fabric anytime soon.
The table runner should measure approximately 16½” x 32½”. Cut your batting and backing several inches bigger like 20″ x 36″.
I’m not a big pinner when making a small quilt project. I quilted my runner right away so I just stuck a few straight pins in the center squares.
Quilt your table runner
Many of you have been emailing me saying that you are just learning how to quilt your projects. I have been free motion quilting for almost 30 years and I’ll be the first to tell you that practice is the key.
You will also want the tension to be correct on your sewing machine. Superior Threads has some great information on correcting the tension on your sewing machine. Also, check out their reference guides for information on the correct needles to use and other info.
Wavy line quilting
Here is a great way to quilt your table runner. You don’t have to drop your feed-dogs or use a special foot on your sewing machine. I pulled out my walking foot that I purchased for my vintage Singer and used it.
If you have an old sewing machine, you can find parts and info at Sew-Classic Sewing Machine Parts & Supplies. I am not an affiliate but have bought from them for several years. I have replaced old foot pedals, light bulbs, feet and more.
There are no rules for wavy line quilting – I do suggest setting your stitch length to a little longer stitch, I put the lever on my sewing machine all the way to basting.
Just start stitching a line and slowly move a little left and then a little right to make a wiggly wavy line.
Space your lines about an inch apart.
In all honesty, I will tell you that I prefer to do this type of quilting with my free-motion foot on and the feed dogs down but this will work especially for someone not comfortable yet with free-motion quilting.
Cut three 2½” x width of fabric strips for binding.
Trim your table runner and add your binding. I cut the binding 2½-inches wide. This is meant to be a fast and easy quilt project so I did my binding by machine using my machine binding tutorial.
I used Clover Wonder Clips to hold my binding in place.
Here is a closeup of the quilting and finished binding on my Midnight Glow table runner.
It is always fun to see the back of a quilt project, I really love the fabric I used with writing and postmarks on it.
I hope you have enjoyed the Midnight Glow batik table runner tutorial and I would love to see a photo of yours if you make it!
Don’t forget, this would also be perfect for quilt scraps and you could use your AccuQuilt GO! Electric cutter and the 8-inch Qube Mix & Match set if you have trouble using a rotary cutter. The AccuQuilt GO! Electric cutter is on sale right now!
Get the Midnight Glow quilt pattern that includes placemats, a baby quilt and several other quilt projects made with the Midnight Glow block.
If you like the tutorial, please think about pinning it to Pinterest.