Nox Table Runner

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Once again, I have a quilted table runner tutorial for you! It took no time at all to make up this fun table runner and Mr. Mickey was gracious enough to pose with it. Teal is one of my favorite colors and in my stash the teal/turquoise fabric stack getting low.

Nox tablerunner with dog

I recently shared my Scrappy blue table runner and I decided to remake it and change a couple of things to make it easier for you to make.

Dog with two tablerunners

I decided not to do the pebble quilting in the sashing on this table runner as I was anxious to get it finished quickly. I still changed my thread color using a cream thread on the sashing and a teal thread for the teal prints.

Closeup of the quilting on the table runner

I seldom use large prints in my pieces unless it is for a large border. I thought this big leaf print would work perfectly for my backing fabric. Many times Builder Bob will put the wrong side up on a table runner, crazy guy!

large quilt print used on the back of table runner

Here is the table runner on a round glass table, the size is perfect.

table runner on glass table

Remaking the table runner

I decided to keep all of the squares the same size in this table runner and only combine two rows of blocks in the center instead of 4 rows. This made everything come out perfectly.

Showing both table runners on the floor

Nox Table Runner
14 x 28

Purchase an ad-free printable version of the Nox table runner here.

Always sew with an accurate ¼-inch seam allowance.


I picked 5 fat quarters and added a muslin for the sashing. If you are wondering why I picked 5 fat quarters when there are only 4 prints in the table runner well, it is because I had 2 fat quarters of the same print so I used one for the binding.

Cut 2½” x 2½” squares

Cut 18 – 2½” x 2½” squares from all four coordinating prints. If you are using your Accuquilt GO! cutter, the Accuquilt GO! 2½” square die cuts 4 squares at a time. You really only need 18 of two fabrics and 17 of the other two fabrics but the extras can always go in your scrap stash.

Cut fabric into squares

Double-check your seam allowance!

Make sure to measure your rows for accuracy, they should measure 8½”. I originally had my sewing machine set up to sew a “scant ¼ inch seam allowance and I forgot to check it. My rows ended up being 8¾”. I had to change to an exact seam allowance to make sure the rows would be the same size as my sashing.

Sew 4 different coordinating squares together using a ¼ inch seam allowance.

Fabrics used for quilted table runner

Sometimes I find it easier to show a diagram instead of a photo.

  • Cut 8 – 1½” x 8½” sashing strips from the muslin/cream
  • Piece 8 – 2½” x 8½” rows of 4 squares
  • Rotate 4 of the rows
  • Piece the rows and sashing together as shown below – notice that the 2 center rows don’t have sashing between them
Diagram of piecing
  • Measure your table runner, it should be 8½” x 24½”
  • Cut 2 – 1½” x 24½” muslin/cream strips and add to the top and bottom
  • Sew 2 sets of 5 – 2½” x 2½” squares together
  • Add one to the left side and one to the right side of the table runner
Add sashing and border to table runner
  • Sew 2 sets of 14 – 2½” x 2½” squares together.
  • Add one to the top and one to the bottom of your table runner
Add backing and quilt

Purchase an ad-free printable version of the Nox table runner here.

If you make this table runner, please share a photo of it with me!

Acorns and deer

We have several oak trees in our back yard and one of them already has the ground covered with acorns. The deer are enjoying them.

Table runner on the ground under oak tree

Here is a better photo of the acorns. I don’t know how the deer do it, but they don’t eat the caps of the acorns instead, they spit them out. How neat is that!

Acorns on quilt

I always like to sew my binding on by machine. For this table runner, I stitched the binding to the back, folded it over to the front and topstitched it down.

I took this picture this morning of two bucks under the oak tree. I was in the house but they knew I was watching them!

2 Buck deer under oak tree

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  1. Thank you for the pattern and the tutorial. Also thank you for the visuals. They really help. Thank you for sharing your creativity with the rest of us.

  2. I really like the Nox runner and the teals are very pretty! It would make a great scrappy runner too. What are those big plants by your deck inside the fence? I don’t recognize them and they fascinate me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Vicki in MN says:

    Oh gosh I love the teal. I have to put this on my to do list. Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Wow – now I have two to choose from – really liked the first one, but the new one is nice too. Just putting together a “truck” quilt for the kids and am using your pattern. Looks good!

  5. Quilting and watching wildlife, pure enjoyment!
    I have come to really like table runners. They come together so quickly and I get to practice different stippling patterns. Then the joy of giving them to family?

  6. Pam Richards says:

    Thanks for sharing the table runner — I have wild turkeys along with deer in our yard – we have a large oak in the front yard and pin oak in the back yard — the pin oak has acorns but they are barely the size of your little finger nail!!

  7. vicki gasorski says:

    Thanks for the new pattern! Very pretty.
    We get deer (among other woodland critters) in our yard too. Love watching them grow, including the bucks and their antlers.

  8. The runner looks so pretty in the aquas. Great tutorial too. It’s fun to see the deer in your yard. I’ll bet you are loving watching nature in action everyday.

  9. Pretty table runner Connie! And I love your pup – I hope you link up this post at my special National Dog Day linky party on August 26.

  10. How interesting that the deer spit out those acorn caps. But it probably leaves a mess in your yard. We don’t see many oak trees in this part of SD.

    Those teals fabrics look so much like a Diamond Log Cabin quilt I made any years ago. Very rich color.