I always enjoy making fast quilt projects and this simple pinwheel quilt table runner tutorial is one that I think you will want to make!
There are so many different ways you can use the half square triangles for quilt projects, I happened to have these beautiful wine colored batiks that I thought would be perfect for a small table runner.
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The quilt blocks are 8 inch finished block size and 8½ inch unfinished. It took no time at all to make 3 blocks when I used my AccuQuilt cutter and the 8 inch Qube set.
Don’t worry if you don’t have an AccuQuilt GO! cutter, you can easily rotary cut your half square triangle pieces. I have a detailed half square triangle tutorial and images to help you make them.
Simple Pinwheel Quilt Table Runner Tutorial
8½” x 25″
I really enjoy using my AccuQuilt and am fortunate that I have it set up in my quilt studio so it is just a matter of grabbing the right dies, some fabrics and turning it on.
It is always so much faster when I use the AccuQuilt GO! cutter to cut out the half square triangles.
In minutes I have everything I need cut out using the 2½” square and 2½” half square dies.
Simple Pinwheel Quilt Table Runner – Material List
I am using Island Batik fabrics, the checkered batik is from the Check It Out collection.
Using a fat quarter bundle of coordinating fabrics makes it easy to design a table runner or quilt.
- Cream batik – fat quarter
- Wine batik – fat quarter
- Check It out Wine batik – fat quarter
- Binding – another fat quarter or ¼ yard
- Backing and batting – 12″ x 30″
Simple Pinwheel Quilt Table Runner – Cutting List
- Cut twelve 2½” squares cream
- Cut 36 – cream half square triangles (rotary cutting these – you will need 18 – 3″ squares)
- Cut 18 – wine half square triangles (rotary cutting these – you will need 9 – 3″ squares)
- Cut 18 – wine checkered half square triangles (rotary cutting these – you will need 9 – 3″ squares)
- Cut 3 – 2½” strips width of fabric for binding
3″ squares are based on following my HST tutorial Be sure and trim the half square triangles to 2½” square.
Here are my half square triangles that were cut with the die. Having the dog-eared corner makes it very simple to line up your pieces for sewing.
You can also get HSTs cut like this by using the Easy Angle ruler this is all I every used to use. The nice this about the ruler is you can cut several different sizes of HSTs.
Be sure to sew with a scant ¼’ seam allowance and press to the dark fabric. I used Aurifil cream thread for my piecing and quilting.
Layout your quilt pieces are shown below.
Sew the blocks together in rows. Press your seams open.
Make all three blocks the same way.
Layout your blocks and turn the center block 45 degrees. Sew the blocks together.
I just did a simple free motion stipple quilting on the cream fabric and did nothing on the prints. I then trimmed the table runner and added my binding.
I like to sew my binding on by machine using my Singer 15-91 sewing machine.
Did you notice the beautiful marble background? It is really a backdrop that I bought from Ink & Elm – actually I bought 4 different ones that I’ll be using for my photos.