Coral Jewel Table Runner

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Table runners are one of my favorite quilt projects to make. It is a great way to try out a new block or fabrics. Coral Jewel is a table runner made using one simple quilt block and is a perfect beginner project.

Coral Jewel Table runner on kitchen table easy tutorial

Coral Jewel Table Runner
12″ x 36″

This table runner is made with three 12-inch square blocks.

Yardage:

  • 1/4 yard coral batik
  • 1/4 yard print batik
  • 3/8 yard cream batik
  • 1/4 yard binding
  • 1/2 yard backing

Here is the cutting directions for only one block – below you will find the cutting directions for the table runner which has 3 blocks.

Cutting for one block:

Coral Batik

  • 1 – 4 3/4-inch square
  • 2 – 3 7/8-inch squares – sub-cut these in half on the diagonal for half-square triangles
  • 4 – 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangles

Cream Batik

  • 8 – 2-inch squares
  • 4 – 3 7/8-inch squares – sub-cut these in half on the diagonal for half-square triangles
  • 4 – 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangles

Print Batik

  • 8 – 2-inch squares
Coral Jewel table runner tutorial pieces for blocks

Sew the coral jewel block

Piece the center square in a square block

Sew with an 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Layout the center coral 4 3/4-inch square and four of the cream 2 7/8-inch half square triangles.

sub-cut these in half on the diagonal for half square triangles

Sew a half square triangle to opposite sides of the center block. Press toward the center square.

sewing the Coral Jewel table runner block center

Add the other two half-square triangles to the other corners. This completes the square in a square block for the center of the quilt block.

add all four half square triangles to center square

Piece the half square triangle blocks

I used my Accuquilt GO! cutting machine and the 6-inch Qube set to cut out my blocks for everything but the center square.

Make four half square triangle blocks for the corners. Press toward the melon fabric.

Squares and rectangles

The last section of the block is made from the 2-inch squares and the 2-inch by 3½-inch rectangles. Arrange them as shown below.

Layout the pieces of the block. Arrange them as shown below.

Sections of the Coral Jewel table runner block

Sew the sections together in rows as shown below.

Sew the quilt block rows together

The finished quilt block measures 12½-inch square.

Completed Coral Jewel table runner block

Make three blocks, you can make the blocks all the same or have one be different like I did.

Sew three jewel quilt blocks

Layout the three quilt blocks and sew them together.

Make three coral jewel quilt blocks

Cutting for all 3 blocks

Coral Batik

  • 2 – 4 3/4-inch squares
  • 4 – 3 7/8-inch squares – sub-cut these in half on the diagonal for half-square triangles
  • 8 – 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangles
  • 8 – 2-inch squares

Cream Batik

  • 24 – 2-inch squares
  • 12 – 3 7/8-inch squares – sub-cut these in half on the diagonal for half-square triangles
  • 12 – 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangles

Print Batik

  • 1 – 4 3/4-inch square
  • 16 – 2-inch squares
  • 2 – 3 7/8-inch squares – sub-cut these in half on the diagonal for half-square triangles
  • 4 – 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangles

Quilt and add your binding

I used a cream Aurifil thread and did a simple meandering free-motion quilting on the Coral Jewel table runner.

Quilt and bind the coral jewel table runner

The batiks I used are leftovers from quilt projects that I made when I was an Island Batik ambassador. I didn’t have enough of the two coral batiks that I used in the table runner but luckily I had another batik that was very similar and I was able to use it for the binding.

Coral Jewel Batik table runner

I have an easy tutorial for machine stitching your binding instead of sewing it by hand.

Finished coral jewel table runner on rug

I took a quick photo of the table runner on the coffee table. I wish I had a photo of it in a beautiful living room but as you can see, Mr. Mickey spends the most time in this room.

Mickey the poodle on the couch by the table runner

These are the colors I have in our guest bathroom, too bad there isn’t room for a table runner! Just for fun, I draped it under my vase of flowers.

Table runner in the bathroom

This is just a small half bath that is bright and cheerful.

Batik wall hanging

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Coral Jewel table runner pattern

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30 Comments

  1. Thank you for the tutorial – love the table runner. I made several of them when I first started quilting an haven’t made any in a long time…need to remedy that!

  2. I am a beginner quilter. I love your projects and want to know what kind of batting you use for your table runners?

  3. I enjoy all your posts, but my eyes popped when I saw the wall hanging in your half-bath. (June 4, 2022 post.) Stunningly lovely!

  4. I bought the pattern for this lovely table runner and it is on my “to do list”.
    Recently I visited a sewing shop for machine repairs. Not only did I purchase a pre-loved small Janome machine, I was amazed to see their lovely array of quality batik fabrics.
    No points for guessing what I’ll be buying next time I visit this store.
    Thanks, Connie, for keeping us amazed with your designs and motivated to produce them for gifts and our own enjoyment.

  5. You are amazing! I can’t keep up with you! So many wonderful things. Trying to put the garden to bed for the winter, started the pine cone/peanut butter/bird seeds with the boys for the winter. Just got a pack of 1 yard pieces of white/off white so finally going to make the table runners for Christmas gifts. Thanks.

  6. Hi, Connie
    I really love all the beautiful things you make. This block would be great for a quilt. I have a question, though. When I machine quilt, which I am NOT good at, my stitches are so tiny. I would like to make them more visible like yours! My machine is a Brother SQ9130. I set the stitch length at the longest setting, but they are so tiny and hardly visible to make a pattern look great. Any suggestions? From anyone?

    1. Brenda, if you drop the feed dogs before quilting, using the embroidery foot then you need not use the stitch length. It’s simply a case of practice and listening to the noise of the machine.
      Fast foot slow hands = poor stitch (all bunched up and nasty)
      Slow foot fast hands= poor stitch (all stretched out uneven stitches)
      I used to tell people buying a machine in my sewing machine shop…..you know your name, write it! Within a few tries they were writing their name on the fabric layers so easily ,from there on they usually were hooked!

  7. The cutting directions for All Three Blocks has an error.
    You need 16 2 inch squares of the Print (instead of 8).
    I used scraps to piece two of these runners and think it is a great block!
    Thanks Connie!

  8. What machine do you use to quilt your projects? Your runner is great! I love quick projects! Terry

  9. Connie, I love your site. Every email inspires me to do something more than I have done before. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Carol

  10. Hi Conniel
    Lovely work Connie. I like what you did in the centre it looks very nice. Your wall hanging is lovely to.
    Hope you enjoyed seeing your friends with a nice lunch.
    We had fresh corn on the weekend and it was delicious.
    I met with my friend today and took her a little birthday cake and a gift certificate. We had a nice visit at a distance. We also enjoyed the cake. Her husband was home so that was a plus.
    Glad the weather is a little cooler it gives me more energy.
    All the best.
    Shirley

  11. You are a jewel! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful project and directions. I have made so many and they are wonderful quick gifts to make.

  12. Thanks for 3 block cutting instructions. Thinking of making runner in Xmas fabrics with centre block in reverse material
    Bev
    New Zealand

  13. Hi Connie:
    So sorry to hear about your daughters electrical wires coming down. Sure glad they did not catch fire.
    We had our hydro wires from the pole at the road to the house put under groundl last year. Also had our pannell box up dated and a back up generator installed . It is costly but worth it.
    Your table runner is lovely. Not doing any sewing on quilts, table runners etc. right now. Too much gardening, making mask and bags. Want to have mask made in case there is another outbreak and then I will donate them to the hospital for when people come in that do not have a mask. Our front line workers are very important and need to keep them safe.
    We got a nice rain last night no storm or damage. Temperature much nicer today. Sunny, nice breeze not humid like it has been.
    Take care All the best. Keep up the great projects.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Shirley

  14. This is a lovely table runner, thank you for the pattern. And thank you for sharing through your blog, it is a joy to read.

  15. Hi Connie,
    Your table runner made me wonder how placemats would look using that pattern. Thank you for the great projecs and inspiration!
    Leslee

  16. Connie,
    Another beautiful table runner. I’m wondering what I have in my stash to see if I can pull something together. Keep the inspiration coming.
    Candi

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