This is an easy table runner that uses 2½-inch strips of dark blue quilt fabrics and the simple rail fence quilt block.
The kitchen countertops in our new house look like blue Lapis marble. At first, we planned on getting new countertops like the ones we had installed at our last house but we have grown in love with the color and will keep the blue for now.
I have made several wall-hangings using the blocks that were in the table runner that was shared in my Sharing Quilt Projects #16 post. Quite a few of you asked for a tutorial on the table runner and I decided to make a dark blue runner for our new kitchen.
What you’ll need:
Here is a list of the basic tools you will use when making this table runner.
Equipment / Tools
- Sewing machine
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Iron and ironing board
- Quilting rulers
- Schmetz 80/12 Needles
I had some leftover strips from a jelly roll. These can be fun to use as the fabrics are usually coordinated. I really should have used a better selection of lights and darks.
- 9 – 2½-inch x 42-inch strips of different dark blue fabrics
- ½ yard of a light blue for the quarter square triangles and 3 – 2½-inch x 42-inch strips for the binding
- Backing – 1½ yards
Rail Fence Table Runner tutorial
17″ x 50″
Use a ¼” seam allowance.
Make a group of three 2½-inch strips and then sew them together with a ¼-inch seam allowance. Repeat this step 3 times.
Press your strips, your strips should measure 6½-inches wide.
6½-inch square blocks
Trim one edge of each group to get a straight edge. Now cut them into 6½-inch squares.
I happened to have a 6½-inch square Creative Grids ruler to use but you can use any ruler, just cut the blocks at 6½-inches.
You should get 6 rail fence blocks from each strip group and have a total of 18 quilt blocks.
Layout the table runner
Arrange your blocks, you will only use 16 of them. Change the direction of the blocks as shown below.
I’m not happy with the colors I choose for my table runner as they are definitely too monochromatic and blend together too much.
Sew the rows together as shown.
Add the setting triangle blocks
I was lucky enough to have some yardage in the same hue as the jelly roll strips.
Cut 2 – 10-inch squares, then cut diagonally twice to create the setting triangles. The triangles will have the straight of grain along the edge.
Sew the setting triangles to the rows.
The straight of grain goes along the edge of the table runner. Place one of the other sides of the triangle along the edge of your blocks.
The edge of the point will extend a little beyond your block.
It might be a little hard to see my blocks so I am sharing a diagram to help you out. Sew your rows together.
It will be helpful to pin your rows before stitching so you don’t stretch them. Can you see how the setting triangle is a little longer than the rail fence block? That is the way it should be.
I don’t remember where I bought the jelly roll I used, it is several years old and not very good quality. Do you notice all of the fraying? The weave of the fabric is very loose, which is probably why I never used the fabrics before.
Once you have your rows all pieced together, you are ready to add your batting and backing.
Quilt as desired.
I did a very simple meandering free motion quilting with a dark blue Aurifil thread. The quilting disappears on the large floral backing I used. That is a cotton fabric I bought probably twenty years ago! I should have used some of that in my rail fence quilt blocks.
Sew 3 of the 2½-inch strips together for your binding and sew.
I pulled out the blue vintage truck placemats that I made, I think they go perfectly!
The size of the rail fence table runner is perfect for our kitchen table. We have decided we really want a bigger one and will be trading tables with our daughter as soon as the weather gets a little warmer or I talk Builder Bob into doing it.
Now this is a perfect match! That is the actual color of our countertops and the table runner.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you make a table runner, I would love it if you shared a photo of it with me.
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