Quarter Square Log Cabin Table Runner

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I want to share a beautiful quarter square log cabin table runner that I made with the Monarch batik collection from Island Batik. I made it with some of the leftover fabrics from my Mirage Log Cabin quilt.

Quarter Square Log Cabin Table Runner

Here is the Quarter Square log cabin table runner on our coffee table. Rusty looks so cute sitting on the Mirage Log Cabin quilt on “his” couch. Since then I have made him his own quilt.

Quarter Square Log Cabin Table Runner and dog on a quilt

Monarch quilt projects

This is what our living room looks like now with the Monarch quilt projects. Rusty has his own pillows and sofa quilt that coordinate with the table runner.

Living room with coordinating quilt, pillows and table runner

19 x 39 inch table runner

The table runner measures 19-inches x 39-inches and fits perfectly on our coffee table.

Arranging the quilt blocks

I laid out the quilt blocks on my longarm to see how I wanted to join the blocks together.

4 Blocks make a 18 inch block

I used four different fabrics from the Monarch batik collection and made two blocks from each one. I then combined four quilt blocks to make a 18½-inch unfinished larger block.

four quilt blocks sewn together to make a larger quilt block

Quilting the table runner

I had just finished quilting a quilt on my Noltings longarm and had enough space left at the end to quilt the table runner.

Quilting the table runner on my longarm

Adding binding

I added my binding using my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. I prefer to add binding to my quilt project using my sewing machine as shown here.

Adding binding by machine

Pattern coming

I am working on a quilt pattern that will include the table runner and several quilt sizes.

In the meantime here is how you would make the quilt block.

Quarter Square Log Cabin block tutorial

The table runner is made from eight quarter square log cabin blocks. Here are the sizes to cut to make one quilt block. Each block will be 9½-inch unfinished.

Red Fabric

  • Cut (1) – 4½-inch square
  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 5½-inch piece
  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 6½-inch piece
  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 7½-inch piece
  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 8½-inch piece

Cream Fabric

  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 4½-inch piece
  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 5½-inch piece
  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 6½-inch piece
  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 7½-inch piece
  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 8½-inch piece
  • Cut (1) – 1½-inch x 9½-inch piece

Piecing the Quarter Square Log Cabin block

Sorry to switch fabrics on you, I guess I forgot to take photos when I was piecing the quilt blocks. Here are the pieces laid out, sew together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and press to the dark fabric.

Piecing the Quarter Square log cabin block

Step one

First row – add the 1½-inch x 4½-inch cream piece to the 4½-inch green square (red in my table runner). Press toward the green square and then add the 1½-inch x 5½-inch cream piece. Press toward the green square.

Step two

Second row – add the 1½-inch x 5½-inch green piece and then the 1½-inch x 6½-inch green piece always pressing to the darker fabric.

Add the second row to the quilt block

Step three

Third row – add the 1½-inch x 6½-inch cream piece and then add the 1½-inch x 7½-inch cream piece. Press toward the darker fabric.

Step four

Fourth row – add the 1½-inch x 7½-inch green piece and then the 1½-inch x 8½-inch green piece always pressing to the darker fabric.

Step five

Fifth row – add the 1½-inch x 8½-inch cream piece and then add the 1½-inch x 9½-inch cream piece. Press toward the darker fabric.

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8 Comments

  1. Hi Connie, I really like this block! Quick & easy & great for a quilt in a pinch! Thanks, you do great as always! Terry

  2. Anna Jessie Branch says:

    I really like the multi coloured one in the pastel batik, Connie. Our purple finch’s are back and we had 10 plump turkeys in the front yard eating left over bird seed. Wish I could get them to eat dog droppings!
    thank you for so generously sharing your patterns. Happy Easter

  3. Candice Rice says:

    I love this take on a modern Log Cabin block. Thank you for the great step by step instructions with all of the photos. I’m thinking of making this in a queen size for a wedding present!

  4. Connie, Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. I think Rusty is becoming quite a camera ham. I’m sure he’s happy to be loved and pampered with his own “blankie” and pillow.

  5. That looks really nice, Connie. Thanks for the instructions.

  6. Ruth Chapman says:

    Looks like a good quilt when you find yourself needing an unexpected gift!! I don’t have design software but wondered how this would look off setting the blocks. Would that work if you made half blocks for alternate rows ?
    Thanks for the tut!
    Ruth C

  7. Vicki in MN says:

    I really like that block, I might just have to give that a try-I might have a few fabrics for it, haha.

  8. What a delightful play on the traditional log cabin block. I will add this to my “hope to make someday” list, but as a lap throw or maybe a larger quilt. Thanks for sharing!