Scrappy 9 Patch Irish Chain Tablerunner

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Once again, I have a quilted table runner tutorial for you! I dug into my stash and pulled out a couple of charm square packs and added in some cream fabric for my 9-patch blocks.

Scrappy 9 Patch Irish Chain table runner

I have been finishing up all kinds of little quilt projects that I want to share with you. A couple of weeks ago I shared a 9 patch block pillow that I made as one of my Island Batik Ambassador projects which used the same size of blocks.

Scrappy Irish Chain Tablerunner quilt tutorial

15″ x 27″

I am using white and cream muslin, if I didn’t show you a closeup you wouldn’t even notice. This was an oops on my part.

Scrappy Irish Chain Tablerunner quilt tutorial

The collection I used was called Butterfly Blooms from Craftsy and I liked it so much I bought a fat quarter bundle and several 5-inch charm square packs.

Charm Pack for 9 patch blocks using Accuquilt Die

Have you seen the new die from AccuQuilt that you can use to cut 9 little 1½” unfinished squares from 5-inch charm squares, this is a great way to use up some of your leftover charm square blocks and add them to your stash. I am really going to enjoy using this die.

Quick & Easy Tutorial

Please read all the directions first. Always sew with an accurate ¼-inch seam allowance.


  • 1 charm pack of 5-inch squares
  • ¼ yard muslin or cream fabric
  • ¼ yard fabric for binding
  • ½ yard fabric for backing
  • batting

9 Patch blocks

  • To make this table runner you’ll want to cut (44) 1½-inch x 1½-inch squares of your neutral fabric and also (55) 1½-inch x 1½-inch squares from some fun colorful fabrics
  • Make 11 – 9 patch blocks – each one will have 5 of the prints and 4 of the neutral fabrics
9-patch block
  • Each 9-patch block measure 3½-inch x 3½-inch square
  • Cut 10 – 3½” x 3½” squares of the neutral fabric
Irish Chain 9 patch blocks

Sew 3 rows of 7 blocks.

  • 4 rows will have 2 of the 9 patch blocks
  • 3 rows will have 1 of the 9 patch blocks
  • Sew the rows together
Irish Chain 9 patch blocks sewing together

Cream border

Always measure your piece before cutting the borders in case your measurements are different.

  • Cut (2) – 1½-inch x 21½-inch strips for the top and bottom
Adding border to top and bottom
  • Choose (12) of your 5-inch print squares – cut them in half so you have (24)  2½-inch x 3½-inch rectangles
  • Now cut 1½-inch from each rectangle so that they are now 2½-inches x 3½-inches
  • Use the leftover pieces for more 1½” squares
  • Add (7) 2½-inch x 3½-inch rectangles to the top and another (7) to the bottom sewing the 2½-inch sides together
diagram of adding borders
  • Cut (2) – 1½-inch x 15½-inch strips of your neutral fabric for the sides
  • Add them to the sides
  • Add (5) – 2½-inch x 3½-inch rectangles to the sides sewing the 2½-inch sides together.
Final diagram of borders
Pieced Scrappy 9 patch table runner

Finally layer your backing, batting, and table runner, and quilt as desired.

Scrappy Irish Chain Tablerunner quilt tutorial

Add your binding, I have a tutorial for adding the binding. I love taking a photo without much light so you can really see the quilting. I didn’t do anything fancy, just some simple meandering and squiggles.

Irish Chain 9 tablerunner shadows

The Scrappy 9 Patch Irish Chain Tablerunner is the perfect size for out on the deck.

Irish Chain 9 Patch on table
Scrappy 9-patch irish chain runner table

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  1. Hi Connie, thank you for the lovely welcome. I’m glad I found you and joined up. I think you are going to teach me heaps. I’ve found lots of inspiration already and can’t wait to make some fabric baskets and the Irish chain runner. Thank you for the gifts.

  2. Eleanor Monahan says:

    my scraps are ore “scrappy” a little of this, a little of that,etc. I a trying to use up fabric so don’t have a lot of big pieces, so so much white is difficult help

    1. I am using 2 different shades of premium muslin for my big pieces. How about using old sheets?

      1. I use them all the time works really well

    2. Thanks for another great tutorial! I have just the fabric for this project.

  3. Hi Connie, thank you for your email full of upbeat chat. You’ve got the right attitude, and it is great. Your table running reflects your happy cheerful nature.
    Thanks so much Connie.

  4. Annita Cormack says:

    You always have great tutorials and this is a neat one. Thanks for all your diligence and caring for the quilting community…it is refreshing the amount of your work you share. We all thank you.

  5. Thanks for tutorial. Love this table runner. Will be my next project.

  6. Hi, I’m not totally computer illiterate but I’ve signed up, logged in to your Resource Library and still can’t see a download PDF button anywhere and I can’t figure out how to download the PDF. Help please and thank you !

  7. Thanks for sharing Connie, I think I might try this tomorrow. Thanks again.

  8. Hi Connie! This is just such a fun and happy looking table runner. And could it be any quicker to put together yet it looks quite the opposite. Sew very cute! ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. This is just so pretty, love your color fabrics and against the white, they really pop. Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. I love the colors. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing. 😊

  11. Quilting Tangent says:

    Very pretty, so happy.

  12. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Connie; This runner is fabulous with all the bright fabrics, simple 9 patches ( which I am in love with right now) and then your great quilting! I truly enjoy all of these pictures that you share, they each show and bring out a new view of the project. Buying brighter fabrics with and without designs has become a major goal of mine and I sure am sorry to have missed out on these fantastic fabrics. I hope that you have a marvelous time using them all up! I do not do any of these special programs, yet I am glad that you are sharing exactly what you can do. Sometimes, I understand better through pictures. LOL. These cartoon pictures are so fun and lively, I can understand why you can play with them for hours. I especially loved the close up photo, but the detailed layering in the second picture is really awesome also. I will have to share these with my hubby. Thank you so much for sharing all of your lovely projects today, Connie. If and when, I ever get finished with a couple of big huge quilt projects, I am going to make nothing but baby quilts and fun smaller projects for quite awhile. LOL. Quite a few of them will be yours. Have a great day!!

  13. Oh I love that Irish Chain runner. Love the colors! Fun Photoshop images too.

  14. Now I know the secret to making the Irish chain, at first look, it looks difficult, now I can try it. Love the Photoshop effects. I look forward to your postings, I learn so much! Thank you!!

  15. Cute runner and I got that fabric from craftsy too thought it was very thin!

  16. Very pretty…simple but fun! Love it!

  17. This is really really cute, Connie! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Connie, thank you for your email full of upbeat chat. You’ve got the right attitude, and it is great. Your table running reflects your happy cheerful nature.
      Thanks so much Connie.

  18. This is so pretty. Great design and wonderful colors! Thanks for the tutorial.