Simple 3 block table runner

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I made a simple 3 block table runner using some batik scraps that I had forgotten I had. When I saw the navy blue batik fabric, I knew I wanted to make something to show off the print.

As you can see, Rusty really approves of this quilt project!

Simple 3 block table runner with dog outside

The other day I showed you how I was organizing my batik stash and how it looked when I was finished. It feels good to see all of my fabric stacked neatly and how easy it is now to see what I have.

Cleaning up my batik stash

Island Batik Scraps

I found this assortment of scraps from the Country Side collection from Island Batik. I doubt very much that you can find the collection anymore as it was from 2015. Where does the time go?

See my huge wool pressing mat? I really like using it.

New Zealand Wool Pressing Mat – extra large – 22 x 60

Ironing and organizing my batiks

I originally used the fabric to make my very first Scattered quilt using Island Batik fabrics.

Scattered quilt

Piecing the quilt blocks

I had some pieces of the fabric that were 6½-inches so I decided to cut 3 squares that size.

Then I found a brown batik that matched and cut 2-inch strips.

Making the first quilt block for the table runner
  • Sides – 2-inch x 6½-inch
  • Top and bottom – 2-inch x 9½-inch
Adding a border to the top and bottom of the quilt block

I made 3 quilt blocks and then (should have done it sooner) I grabbed the largest piece of the blue batik so I could add a border. Turns out the fabric wasn’t long enough so I trimmed 3/4-inch off the sides of the quilt blocks.

When I finally was ready to add the borders – I was still short and had to piece them. I didn’t need to trim my blocks after all.

trimming off some of the border on the quilt block.
Table runner Electric Quilt Image


  • Navy Batik – 3/4 yard includes enough for binding
  • Brown Batik – 1/4 yard
  • Backing – 1/2 yard


  • Navy Batik -cut (3) 6 1/2-inch squares
  • Navy Batik sashing – cut (2) 2-inch x 9 1/2-inch pieces
  • Navy Batik borders – cut (2) 3-inch x 9 1/2-inch pieces for the sides
  • Navy Batik borders – cut (2) 3-inch x 30 1/2-inch pieces for the top & bottom
  • Brown – cut (6) 1 1/4-inch x 6 1/2-inch for sides of blocks
  • Brown – cut (6) 2-inch x 6 1/2-inch for top & bottom of blocks

Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, quilt and add your binding. I prefer to cut my binding 2 1/2-inches wide and sew it on by machine.

I had another piece of batik that was perfect for the back of the table runner.

3 square tablerunner backing showing

I have a few scraps left and want to make two placemats, looks like I could have made the table runner narrower for this table. Maybe I’ll make skinny placemats!

Table runner on kitchen table

I just did a simple free-motion meandering using a navy blue 50 wt Aurifil thread.

Table runner with quilting showing

Simple 3 block table runner

I couldn’t resist adding one more photo of the table runner…..and Rusty.

table runner with Rusty sitting by it

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  1. Mary Alfaro says:

    I just saw your cardiac report& Bob’s upcoming eye surg. Will send continued prayers for healthy outcomes. Thank you for all your texts, I enjoy them very much esp in your new home. Happy healthy holidays

  2. I have some fabric with dogs and puppies that I think would make a nice runner. I made the scattered pattern in pastels for a new great-grandbaby girl. She is the 2nd great-grandchild and just found out another girl is on the way, due in late December. Rusty is such a good helper – or does he supervise (;-)? I love his smile.

  3. Robyn Lidstone says:

    “Hi” from Australia !! Thanks, Connie for sharing these lovely batik designs.
    You have the amazing ability to devise such fascinating patchwork items for your loyal followers.
    I’ll have to go on the hunt for some similar fabrics. I love the colour combinations you’ve used in this table runner.
    Rusty seems to know that he has a job to do posing with your creations. He’s a happy little fellow who has a loving home with you and Bob.
    I send good wishes to all of you as your Winter approaches.

  4. That is such great focal fabric. That Scattered quilt was my favorite. The colors are so gorgeous in it. I have yet to make it, but it is on my list. That’s a great picture of Rusty with the quilt and scattered leaves.

  5. Linda Jennings says:

    I agree Rusty does need sunglasses. Poor puppy can’t see with the sun. We finally got sun today, but the wind is still chilly, it’s suppose to go to 57. I like the table runner. I been out cleaning the garage floor. The leaves leave a die on it and I have to get it off. We cleaned out the attic, so I’ve been going through that stuff. Most of the stuff is going to Amvets or goodwill who ever comes for it. I also have a New Home treadle sewing machine, but nobody wants it. Our guild is getting real busy now.

  6. Ellen Hutchinson says:

    Love the batiks. I made Scattered in a table topper. It came out well. Rusty is a great model. Ellen in Memphis ❤️😎

  7. Rusty is really rocking this modeling gig! He had a good teacher! Love this pattern for all the “big picture” fabric I buy! I feel bad when I have to cut them up in tiny pieces!!!!! LOL


  8. Greetings from wet & chilly Idaho! Enjoy your lovely weather while you have it! 🥰☀️
    It’s great sewing weather as it’s cloudy & raining! Love your tutorials! It brightens up my day! Hugs to Rusty! 😊💕🤗

  9. Lovely runner as usual. You do such a great job quilting. I’m trying to master some ruler and free-motion quilting. Rusty seems very used to posing now. His eyes look really good so hopefully that problem has been taken care of for good.
    Glad you’re having good weather. Maybe it will move this way as has been somewhat chilly the past few days here.

  10. Good Morning from Western Pennsylvania, also another beautiful Fall day. We are due for a high of mid 60’s and I am thrilled. My little herb garden is still thriving, my birds are happily splashing in the water outside my kitchen window. Just yesterday I was trying to come up with some quick little runners for my coffee station and tea area on a dry sink. This is it! I can get this done this afternoon. I have an early visitor tomorrow and would like to offer a light breakfast. Thanks again. Now, off to find the right fabric with a Fall theme. I have a large stash, no problem there. Hugs to little Rusty, what a sweetheart!