When you make the Hidden Wells quilt block it can turn out so many ways depending on the colors you use and how you layout your strips. It is always fun to see what your quilt project will turn out like. You know how much I like making table runners and I had some beautiful fabrics in my collection that I thought would look great for the Hidden Wells blocks.
I have made several other quilt projects using this technique and they all look different. Just type Hidden Wells in the search box and you’ll be surprised at what you will find.
Fat Quarter Table Runner
I decided to use four fat quarters of fabric to make the Hidden Wells table runner.
Hidden Wells Table Runner
approx 15-inches x 30-inches
- (4) fat quarters of fabric
- ¼ yard fabric for (3) 2½-inch strips of binding
The first thing you will want to do is open up your fat quarters and press them. I then like to lay all four fabrics on top of each other before I cut them.
A fat quarter is 18-inches x 22-inches
Cut your strips 2-inches wide by the 22-inch length. You will be able to get (3) blocks out of one strip set.
Sew the fabric strips together in an order that you like with an ¼-inch seam allowance. Press your strips to the darker fabric. Your strip sets should measure 6½-inches wide. Sub-cut (3) 6½-inch squares.
Continue sewing more strip sets together keeping your fabrics in the same order.
Take (2) blocks and lay one right side up with the red fabric strip at the bottom. Now take another block and place it right side down on top with the red fabric strip to the right as shown below. (Pick the first strip you started with if your colors are different).
This is how your blocks should lay before you center one block on the other.
Pin the blocks together and sew around the block with an ¼-inch seam allowance.
Take a ruler and cut diagonally in both directions on your block.
Open the blocks and press carefully but don’t stretch the blocks. Sometimes quilter will trim these blocks to make them exact. Most of the time I am not a perfectionist so I don’t worry about it with a block like this.
The blocks have all of the sides on the bias so it is very easy to stretch your blocks out of shape. Handle the blocks carefully.
Trim off the dog ears on the quilt blocks.
Next, turn the blocks until you find a design you like, then sew the blocks together.
Here is a completed Hidden Wells quilt block.
You mix and match your block design or make all of your blocks identical like I did. I had one block that I sewed together the wrong way. I used my trusty seam ripper to remove the seams and redid them.
There is no right or wrong way to turn the blocks. You can come up with all kinds of designs.
Sew (2) blocks together for a row. Repeat this (4) times. Now sew all of the rows together for your table runner.
One strip set gives you (3) blocks – you use (2) of the 6½-inch blocks to make (1) of the Hidden Wells blocks. If you would like a larger table runner, make more strip sets. It might be possible to get (3) more strip sets out of the fat quarter 18-inch width.
Add your batting and binding and quilt as desired.
Cut (3) 2½-inch strips of fabric for your binding. I like to sew my binding on with my sewing machine.
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