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Folk Art Floral Table Runner

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The Folk Art Floral table runner is a fast and easy quilt project made with two floral applique motifs on pieced blocks and is 12-inches by 36-inches. a perfect size for your table!

Folk Art Floral Table Runner with Gnome in kitchen

Not too long ago I shared my Harrison Rose table runner tutorial that was made with AccuQuilt dies and many of you asked me if I had templates and directions for rotary cutting. Well, here you go!

Folk Art Floral Table Runner on small table

Folk Art Floral Applique Table Runner
12″ x 36″

This is a list of the fabrics I used to make my table runner. I used batiks for the floral applique and regular cotton fabric for the background blocks. You will be able to choose your own colors.

Fabrics:

Flowers

  • (1) Fat Quarter Blue Print
  • (1) Fat Quarter Bright Blue
  • (1) Fat Quarter Lavendar
  • (1) Fat Quarter Green

Background and other things needed

  • (3) Fat Quarters of neutral fabrics or pull fabrics from your stash like I did
  • 1/2 yard of Backing fabric
  • ¼ yard or (1) fat quarter for binding
  • Batting
  • Heat n Bond Lite for applique

Make the background blocks for your applique motifs

Decide what you want for the background blocks that you will add the applique too.

If you prefer, you can just use 12½-inch x 12½-inch squares of neutral fabric or follow these directions for the pieced background blocks which are made from 4 small blocks.

Small blocks will measure 6½-inches – large blocks will measure 12½-inches

Cut the following based on using (3) neutral fabrics to make your 12½-inch blocks. Mix and match your fabrics.

  • Cut (12) 4½-inch x 4½-inch squares
  • Cut (12) 2½-inch x 4½-inch rectangles
  • Cut (12) 2½-inch x 6½-inch rectangles

Piece the blocks with a ¼-inch seam allowance.

  • Sew the 2½-inch x 4½-inch rectangle to the 4½-inch square
  • Sew the 2½-inch x 6½-inch rectangle to one side of this to make a 6½-inch square
  • Repeat this step (3) more times
  • Rotate the 6½-inch blocks as desired and piece together the rows to make the 12½-inch square
  • Repeat this step for (3) more 12½-inch blocks

Templates

Print the templates out – use “actual size” when printing. I like to use Heat n Bond Lite. Follow the manufacturer’s directions. Place the templates on the fabrics you have chosen and cut out the shapes.

Trace the templates on to the Heat n Bond adhesive

Applique

Remove the backing paper from the applique pieces.

  • Place the eight-petal flower in the center of your 12½-inch background block
  • Don’t iron it down yet
  • Next place the (8) leaves behind the flower
  • Then press lightly to hold the pieces in place
Folk Art Floral step one add leaves behind the flower

I should have been paying more attention at this point and realized there wasn’t enough contrast between the flower and the leaves.

Leaves added to the flower

Add the circle to the center of the flower, again just press lightly in the center.

Add the center circle to the flower

Finally, add the (4) bright blue applique pieces to the flower.

Add the final step to the folk art flower

Normally it would be time to stitch down the flowers but now is when I realized the colors didn’t look right. I pulled out a brighter green for the leaves and then decided as long as I was making changes I would reverse the colors of the lavender and bright blue. I think it looks much better.

Change the colors for the flowers

For my table runner, I made (1) of the Harrison Rose blocks and (2) blocks with a five-petal flower in the middle.

Another flower quilt block
5 petal flower applique

Here are the blocks ready to be machine appliqued.

Folk Art Floral Blocks used in the table runner

Blanket Stitch Applique

I did a narrow blanket stitch around the pieces. I forget how much I like to do this type of applique, I’m not perfect at it but that is okay. It really made a difference when I changed the leaves to a lighter and brighter color.

Do the applique BEFORE sewing the squares together and quilting the table runner.

Closeup of the applique on the Harrison Rose quilt block

I didn’t add any leaves to these flowers but you could do the same thing that was done on the Harrison Rose block.

Closeup of the applique on the quilt block

Finish the table runner

Sew the (3) quilt blocks together. Layer the backing, batting, and table runner together and quilt as desired. Cut the binding strips 2½-inch wide and add your binding.

Another photo of the table runner by the gnome in the kitchen

Don’t forget that you can use the AccuQuilt dies to make the Harrison Rose table runner also and AccuQuilt also has a 5 petal flower die called the Fun Flower that could also be used.

Get the Folk Art Floral Table Runner pattern and templates

Folk Art Floral Table Runner

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7 Comments

  1. Somehow missed this before and absolutely love the rich colors! This would make a stunning quilt! Maybe a 9 block one for the back of the sofa. Thanks!

  2. Thank you Connie. The runner is inspiring.

  3. Hi Connie,
    My “mojo” seems to be a “logo” these days and I’ve not been doing much at all – including commenting on your cute picture with Mr. Mickey. I did (finally!) get my taxes done, so maybe that will encourage me to get busy with other things. OTH, it’s raining today … hmmmm. So glad you weren’t hit by the tornado. So scary! I remember as a little girl visiting my grandparents in Missouri and having to go to the cellar when there was the threat of one. So glad spring is finally starting to come. Saw my first daffodils yesterday and that’s encouraging. Soon, we can complain about the heat. lol Take care, and stay safe.

  4. dell rose says:

    Beautiful table runner i love it give my love to Mr Micky and keep safe

  5. Jill Davies says:

    Aww, I love your gnome and the beautiful table runner. Talking about tornadoes, we had one go through areas around us on Sunday and we are in the Land Downunder (Australia). 😀

  6. Robyn Lidstone says:

    This gorgeous table runner is perfect against the blue counter-top in your kitchen.
    It would grace any table or bench-top and is the perfect gift for someone special.
    Thanks for the ready to print templates and the clearly understandable instructions.

  7. That is beautiful Connie, I love it! Have a great week.