It is so much fun to make strip-pieced quilt projects like this Strip Pieced Jewel table runner tutorial!
I decided to make another jewel-colored table runner using some fat quarters of blue and brown batiks. This gives you a completely different look compared to the rainbow colors.
The table runners look different every time depending on what fabrics you choose to use.
Jewel Table Runner
Size 12″ x 35″
I recently updated this post with a more detailed tutorial and new photos showing how I used a strip piecing method to make the blocks. Continue reading to get a PDF of this post. Here is the original Jewel table runner tutorial. I’ll be updating it soon also.
You will want to use six beautiful coordinating batiks and a neutral for the Jewel table runner, here are the fabrics that I used.
This table runner fits perfectly in our living room with the little “Pelly” pelican on it. If you like the quilted pillows that are on my couch, be sure and check out my Box Quilt Block tutorial.
This is a fast and easy pattern that takes no time at all to make.
Just pick out 6 colors that coordinate, a neutral for the strips and you are ready to go.
- 6 fat quarters coordinating batik fabrics
- 1 fat quarter of a cream batik for sashing
- ¼ yard for binding or scraps from fat quarters
- ½ yard backing
- Cut each of the 6 fabrics into 3 – 1½ inch strips by the longest side of the fat quarter (22 inches).
- Cut the neutral batik into 15 – 1-inch x 22-inch strips.
- Sew with a ¼″ seam allowance. Join pieces together.
- Sew one row one way and then sew from the opposite side when you add the next one.
Doing this will help keep your piece from curving, press seams toward the dark fabric. Isn’t this a neat way to create your own fabric!
Repeat this step 2 more times, your sections should be 9 inches tall by 22 inches long.
Square up each section and cut 2 – 9″ x 9″ squares. You will have a total of 6 squares for the Jewel table runner. Keep the leftovers for a scrappy mug rug.
Cut each of the squares diagonally. Note: When you cut the squares – be sure to cut all of the blocks in the SAME direction.
Layout four of the diagonal cuts for each block.
Take the blocks and lay them out as shown in the next photo and then sew the sections together.
When you sew the sections together, look at the arrows and start sewing there not at the point.
Be care so you don’t stretch the fabrics. Iron the sections and then pin together to match the center of the block before sewing.
Make 3 of the blocks.
Measure your blocks and cut two 1″ strips of the neutral batik by the width of your blocks if it is different from mine. My blocks measured 12½” square. Sew the blocks together for your table runner.
Add your batting and backing and quilt as desired. Add binding, I like to cut my strips 2½ inches and apply it using my machine binding tutorial.
I decided to do minimal quilting, I just did a curvy line in the neutral strips. It is kind of hard for you to see this.
Here is a photo of the back of the jewel table runner and you can see the free motion quilting a little better.
I hope you have enjoyed this table runner tutorial and if you make one, I would love to see a picture of it!
We finally had a day without wind and I was able to go down by the river and take some pictures. This doesn’t look like a very comfy place to sit….does it!
The Mississippi river goes up and down….and up and down. We have had it freeze pretty good a couple of times and it is neat to see what comes up on the river edge. I don’t think we want to call this a “beach”. Let’s see what do we have:
Clamming and pottery making used to be big things in our little town. Some people have actually found complete jugs but all I find are pieces. In the spring we will find lots of glass, wire and other icky things that we continue to pick up and throw away.
When it gets warmer I’ll get my granddaughters to come down and help, I’ll make a little contest out of finding blue or red glass. They have fun finding shells.
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Be sure and take a look at my Bright Jewel table runner tutorial. Same pattern but different colors!
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