Red and White Table Runner

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Have you thought about making something quilted for Valentine’s Day? My Piano Keys table runner is the perfect one to make!

This Red and White Table Runner with appliqued hearts would look beautiful on your table and it is very easy to make.

Piano Keys Table Runner

size is 18″ x 42″

Piano Keys table runner in red and white with heart applique

Get the Piano Keys table runner pattern

My project is a little different because I actually designed it first in my head, then graph paper, and finally in Electric Quilt 8

I knew I wanted to make a table runner using a cute little bundle of red 2 1/2″ strips I bought last fall in Wisconsin. I had also seen a block that I really liked on several blogs and I couldn’t wait to create something that was similar to it.

I wanted to do some applique on the block so the first thing I did was create a new block clicking on EasyDraw + PatchDraw. This will allow you to add the applique after you design your pieced block.

Using EQ7 to design the table runner

Now my table runner is an odd size…..finished it is 18 x 42 but if I wanted to separate the design blocks I get something like this.

Separating sections of the table runner

So I decided to make it easy….at least for me.

I designed a block that was 9 inches x 42 inches. Then I drew lines every 2 inches and then split each section to give me the step look.

This was done on the EasyDraw tab at the bottom.

I then moved to the Applique tab and drew my hearts. Finally, I clicked on the Color tab to add the fabrics and colors. Make sure to SAVE to your sketchbook.

I wanted to show you the hearts that I appliqued on the table runner. I used Heat n Bond Lite on the back of the hearts. When I added them to the table runner I did a little freemotion applique around each heart.

quilting the red fabrics and showing the hearts
working on block

Now I choose the layout for the quilt. I am only going to have 2 blocks in my table runner.

table runner size

Now you will insert 2 blocks in your quilt. You will have to rotate one of the blocks twice.

rotate blocks

Electric Quilt will show you how to rotary cut your block. Notice I had to type in the width and height of the my “odd” block.

Printing preview

Here is the rotary cutting information for one block.

rotary cutting info in Electric Quilt
Valentine Table runner project in EQ8

I always like to include a photo of the difference that quilting can make.

adding quilting to the table runner
closeup Valentine's Day table runner

Red and White Table Runner

I think this will be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Red and white table runner using Piano Keys pattern

Get the Piano Keys table runner pattern

I have made the Piano Keys table runner several times. Here is one made with batiks and flowers.

Piano Keys table runner in pink batiks

The purpose of this post is to show you that there are many things you can do with Electric Quilt and it is always fun to try something new. I’m sure there is a easier way to design my table runner but….this worked for me.

Piano Keys table runner with a cute bear

By creating the block I can now design a completely different quilt. Already my mind is spinning with more colors, rotating blocks and all kinds of fun stuff!

If you have an AccuQuilt GO! you’ll like this free quilt pattern that I designed for AccuQuilt.

See the Piano Keys table runner is different fabrics

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  1. This is a very cute table runner. I do not have EQ7 but would love to have a tutorial on this!

  2. This is gorgeous. Just found your blog, you're very talented. I own the shop in Decorah, would love to have you visit sometime. I'd love your tutorial, not in EQ, for myself if possible. Thanks.

  3. Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures says:

    Thanks for the tut!!

  4. Your table runner is gorgeous, thanks for the inspiration.

  5. GooglingMom says:

    Gorgeous table runner. To answer your question, yes, a tutorial would be great as I don't have EQ. Thank you. I just recently discovered your site and made the twisted heart. I have been enjoying your projects and will be back often.

  6. I really like your table runner and would love the tutorial on it. I had to uninstall my EQ6, my computer is getting too full and EQ took up a lot of space. I never really got into it anyway…but maybe I should reinstall it on my laptop.Thanks

  7. wow..that's a gorgeous runner

  8. KathleenD says:

    I love your table runner. Your tutorial was very complete for someone who owns the EQ7. I do not have that available to me and cannot discern the cutting lengths of your stair-stepped strips from the embedded EQ7 screen shot. So, would you please be kind enough to share your strip lengths with the rest of us? Thank you so much! Happy Valentine's Day to you, as well. Kathleen

  9. I love the runner, and teddy looks so cute sitting on it.

  10. Your table runner is gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial.

  11. This is too, too cute. I guess I'll give it a try in EQ and then actually make it. I don't want it so long but your directions will make it easy to draw in EQ. Thanks.

  12. Kearstie Grenier says:

    What a gorgeous runner. And your tutorial makes it all seem so easy. I'll have to try some of those tips! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  13. S Krulitz says:

    Love the project, perfect for Valentine's.

  14. This is gorgeous Connie and I appreciated the tutorial – I am constantly discovering how much I don't know about EQ7!!!

  15. Kevin the Quilter says:

    You are so talented Connie! Congrats on a great Valentine-esque project! I am sure you will have several people making this!

  16. Lorna McMahon says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the info about this hop! I am new to EQ and really appreciate your screen shots and how you went about making your design, which is fabulous, by the way! Your table runner is beautiful! What a sweet Valentine gift!

  17. Gorgeous table runner xx

  18. Your table runner is just absolutely adorable!

  19. I really love your table runner and showing us how you came about making the pattern was very interesting, you did a wonderful job. I don't really desire to have EQ too old to make my own patterns but would love to see a tutorial

  20. Just beautiful. I wish I had electric quilt but don't. Would love to have instructions without eq

  21. My little Valentine’s table runner looks a bit puny to your beautiful one. Gorgeous piecing and quilting. I know nothing about the EQ system, but it looks to be out of this world. Mine came out of my old heard as I went along. I did have lots of fun as I know you did. It really is lovely.

  22. Adele Hoyt says:

    Love the table runner! I would like to do you tutorial for the Little Twist Heart. Can you tell me the size the of template shown? I have several sizes and not sure which you used. Thanks!

  23. Love your design and love the completed runner! Great job, and lovely finish….thank you for the walkthrough of EQ.

  24. Simon Says Sew says:

    Beautiful table runner!

  25. What a cute table runner.

  26. Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals says:

    Connie your Valentine table runner is spectacular — just love the layout and the little hearts are precious. Thanks so much for the awesome EQ7 tutorial — I don't own EQ yet but I have it on my list to purchase (keep hoping I can find a way to save a few $ on it)… Anyhow — thanks for sharing your beautiful design and your knowledge with us. A tutorial for non-EQ users would be most awesome. Hugs, Karen

  27. teachpany says:

    This is really pretty. Thanks for another new hint on EQ7.

  28. This is so cute! I would love a tutorial on this since I do not have EQ.

  29. This turned out really nice, but I knew it would! Thanks for the tutorial also! 🙂

  30. I don't have Electric Quilt so I would love a tutorial on how to make this great table runner. Thanks!

  31. Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com says:

    LOVE hearts, so this is a winner in my book!

  32. Happy Cottage Quilter says:

    This is very pretty. It almost looks like white lace. No EQ here, so a tutorial would be lovely.

  33. Darling table runner, Connie.

  34. Connie this is gorgeous. I would love to make this. But alas I don't have EQ. I am fairly new to quilting. Some day I hope to be like you. Thanks for all the inspiration and for making it fun.

  35. What a beautiful table runner!! Love the hearts and the design. Thanks for visiting my blog and signing up to follow!

  36. Vicki in MN says:

    Oh wow I really really love that runner, thank you for sharing the finsh and the tute in EQ!

  37. Elita@Busy Needle Quilting says:

    Oh, that is the cutest runner!! I love the contrast of the red & white. You've managed to incorporate whimsy and practical at the same time & I'm loving it. Thanks also for sharing the pattern. Can hardly wait to try it out!

  38. What a gorgeous red/white Valentine's table runner. Love it. And what a great tutorial! I definitely want to make this, as well as to add it to my list of favorite tutorials.

    Thanks for sharing.


  39. Such a wonderful runner,quilting and pattern are spectacular and of course.I`d love a tutorial!!

  40. That is a perfect project for Valentine's Day! Gorgeous! And of course the quilting is awesome too!

  41. Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] says:

    Love your table runner, Connie! Thank you for the inspiration!

  42. OMG! I have never been a 1st commenter….on any blog! Ok……. that being said you can now see that it doesn't take much to excite me! lol
    Now for the good stuff. Your table runner is just adorable. I'm not much of a fan of red but you could change my mind with this adorable runner. Great job!
    I am not in the market for this software but I will say that if I was your detailed and well explained post would surely have sent me off to see about purchasing it. I've never even seen an example of it and you made it seem like something I could actually master.