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Harrison Rose Table Runner Tutorial

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Today I have a beautiful appliqued table runner and centerpiece tutorial to share with you. Either would be perfect for a Spring or Summer table setting! Our weather here in Iowa has been chilly all week…..I am ready for warm weather and working out in the yard.

Creating a table runner with applique flowers is a perfect way to bring springtime into your house and either of these beautiful quilt projects would be perfect.

If you would like to make just one quilt block, you could have a small table topper to use.

Harrison Rose table topper

If you would like a bigger quilt project, then this table runner will be a show stopper.

Harrison Rose Table Runner Tutorial

One of my favorite ways to applique is with a free motion quilting foot on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. I just do a little wiggle stitch around each piece. I changed the color of the thread to match each fabric that I used for the applique.

Closeup of applique and quilting

I used my AccuQuilt cutter and dies to make both of these quilt projects.

Harrison Rose Table Runner Tutorial

For this design, I used the 12 inch Churn Dash AccuQuilt GO! die and the Harrison Rose applique die by Eleanor Burns. The table runner is approximately 12′ x 36″ and the centerpiece is a 12″ square.


Harrison Rose Table Runner

Table Runner 12″ x 36″

Materials Needed:

  • Pink for large flowers – fat quarter (applique)
  • Dark pink for circle – fat quarter (applique)
  • Print for center pieces – fat quarter (applique)
  • Green for leaves – fat quarter (applique)
  • Cream prints – 4 or 5 fat quarters for the blocks
  • Green – 1/4 yard for binding
  • 1/2 yard for backing
  • 1/2 yard batting
  • 1 yard fusible Heat n Bond Lite
  • Threads to match your applique pieces

Cutting Instructions for the table runner:

Follow the directions on the fusible web that you bought and iron it to the wrong side of the fabrics for the flowers.

Applique pieces:

  • Cut 3 of the large flowers
  • Cut 3 of the large circles
  • Cut 3 of the center diamond shape (I only used one of the designs)
  • Cut 24 of the green triangles
AccuQuilt die cuts

Churn Dash Block: Use assorted cream fabrics

You can also make the Churn Dash quilt blocks without using dies. Learn how to make the 12-inch Churn Dash block in this tutorial.

Churn Dash quilt die

Make (3) Churn Dash blocks – follow the directions on the die for the best cutting results.

For the table runner cut:

  • 3 center squares
  • 24 rectangles
  • 24 half square triangles

Use the following diagrams to lay out the pieces of the blocks and piece using an ¼-inch seam allowance.

pieces of block for churn dash

Sew the pieces together and lay out your rows.

sew sections together of block

Here is the finished block which measures 12½-inches square. Make 3 for the table runner.

finish sewing the churn dash block together

Fuse and machine applique the Harrison Rose pieces to the Churn Dash blocks. I used Heat n Bond Lite, follow their directions for fusing to the fabrics.

fusing the flower pieces to the quilt blocks

It has been a while since I did any free motion appliqueing and I really enjoyed using my vintage sewing machine. It doesn’t have a zigzag stitch, it only does straight stitch but that never stops me from doing applique.

After you have appliqued your blocks, join the 3 blocks together for your table runner.

showing the quilting on the blocks

Add your batting and quilt as desired. Trim and add your binding.

Harrison Rose Table Runner Tutorial

Make one block for a cute little table topper

Table Topper – 12″ x 12″

closeup of the applique

Cutting Instructions for the table topper:

Applique pieces:

  • Cut 1 of the large flower
  • Cut 1of the large circles
  • Cut 1 of the center diamond shape (I only used one of the designs)
  • Cut 8 of the green triangles

Churn Dash Block:

  • 1 center square
  • 8 rectangles
  • 8 half square triangles

Add your batting and quilt as desired. Trim and add your binding.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for an easy quilt pattern and I hope you make a table runner or a table topper.

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  1. That is a really pretty design, and I love the soft colors you chose.

  2. Doreen Sherk says:

    That is such a pretty table topper/runner. I also like the way you did your appliqué. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I don’t have a Cutting Machine. Is there a way to make it with templates? Do you have a list of templates. I love this block.

      1. Rita Slade says:

        Connie, Thank you for your e-mail regarding the pattern for the Folk Art Floral Table Runners. It is so beautiful. I have several of your patterns. You are so talented. Once again thank you.

        Rita Slade

  4. Trish Clements says:

    Connie, for those of us that don’t have or want those specialized cuttersc can yoy give circle and block sizes. Love your runners but don’t want the machines. I would love to make the Harrison Rose big block.

  5. Hi Connie, your new runner has such a wonderful warmth about it. It’s simply beautiful.

  6. Lovely way to welcome Spring and I definitely want Spring, Sunshine and warmth. You are so creative my dear. Happy Valentine Hearts to you.

  7. Robyn Lidstone says:

    Such artistic excellence, Connie. This design is exquisite and has so many ways to produce lovely patchwork items. I particularly like the little table topper which could also be a wall hanging. The table runner would take more time to make, but worth the extra effort.
    As always, thanks for sharing your designs.

  8. I don’t have an AQ cutter (not in my budget). But this is a beautiful block.

  9. So nice to see flowers! Even if we have to make spring happen – we are artists!!!! We can do this. Love the applique. You rocked out the free motion edge! Thanks!

  10. Karen Franko says:

    Connie you usually have Accuquilt directions and templates for your designs. Is this only Accuquilt? Of the 76+ dies I own, I don’t have either one. I do have the 8 inch turndash because I have the 8 inch cube.

  11. I don’t own a cutter, but really would like to make this topper. One of the prettiest I’ve seen.

  12. Do not have die cutter. Do you have template pattern for the applique pieces.

  13. That is so pretty, Connie. I love the shadow quilting around the small topper.

  14. Connie,
    You are so gifted, I love the bright, cheery colors and designs that you create.

  15. I just love applique and this is gorgeous! 🙂

  16. I like the cream around the roses. So beautiful, Connie!!


  17. beaquilter says:

    ohhhh you made up that applique stitch yourself? here I was trying to figure out if I had that stitch on my machine! still love the runner

  18. Chopin - A Passionate Quilter says:

    Spring is here! Pretty colors.

  19. Createology says:

    Love the Spring Cheer in this Table Runner. Perfect colors and lots of dimension achieved by your machine appliqué technique.

  20. What a neat way to combine the two blocks Connie. Great fabric choices too. Just beautiful.

  21. Vicki in MN says:

    Very creative Connie, way to go!

  22. That is so fun how you combined the rose and the churn dash Connie! Very pretty and sweet! You wrote a great tutorial too.

  23. Peggyinno says:

    What a gorgeous table runner! Perfect for this time of the year! Thanks so much for the tutorial