Valentine Heart Table Runner Tutorial

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Valentine Tablerunner Tutorial

Are you looking for a fast and easy table runner for Valentine’s Day? You’ll enjoy my Valentine Heart Table Runner tutorial that takes no time at all to make.

Valentine Heart Table Runner Tutorial

Valentine Tablerunner Tutorial closeup

My tutorial is a table runner made out of batiks and measures 16″ x 40″

If you don’t have a AccuQuilt GO! Baby don’t worry, you make this runner using any method you like that gives you 3 inch finished half-square triangle blocks. I used the #55009  AccuQuilt GO! 3 inch Half Square Triangle die.

I used 2 fat quarters for the hearts and had a yard of the background fabric but didn’t use it all.

If you don’t have the AccuQuilt GO!, you can also cut 3 7/8″ squares and then cut them on the diagonal

Let’s go make it!

AccuQuilt GO HSTs

I used my Accuquilt GO Baby and the half square 3″ finished triangle die. When I use this die I cut my strips of fabric a little less than 4 inches wide.

You can go to my AccuQuilt HST pillow tutorial to see how to lay the fabric on the die.

AccuQuilt GO HSTs dog eared corners

This is what I love the best about AccuQuilt’s dies – dog eared corners!

Stitch with a ¼-inch seam allowance and press.

HST Heart Tutorial

I made 3 quilt blocks using the follow for each block:

  • (2) 3½-inch squares of red batik (or pink)
  • (2) 3½-inch squares of background fabric
  • (12) – HST blocks
HST Heart Tutorial

Here is the way I sewed the blocks together, notice I forgot to take a picture of the step with the dark red…..oops.

Piecing 4 sections of block

Back to the dark red fabric.

complete heart batik block

I thought about the top arrangement but I went with the bottom one for my Valentine Heart table runner tutorial.

variations of blocks

Another oops….after stitching the 3 blocks together I added a 2 inch border on all sides and forgot to take a photo of that before I quilted the table runner.

I used muslin for the backing and Warm & Natural batting. Then I used a raspberry swirl thread to stipple quilt the pink heart. I also used this thread for the background quilting

freemotion quilting on pink heart

On the dark pink hearts, I decided to get out my tracing wheel and draw a line that I could free motion quilt along.

Marking quilting lines

I did a little loop de loop design. I used a eggshell colored thread to quilt my loops and curls and really liked the way it turned out.

Freemotion stitching

If I had thought of it sooner I would have done the pink heart with a dark red loop and curl. After quilting, I added a 2.5-inch binding.

Valentine Table runner Tutorial

Other block variations you could use

Variations of the quilt block

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  1. Roxy Sherburne says:

    Love this table runner, Connie! If there is a pdf file available, please let me know. So sorry to hear about Mr. Mickey’s congestive heart failure.
    Best regards,
    Roxy in Hudson, WI

    1. Thanks Roxy, I plan on getting one put together soon.

  2. Karen Poole says:

    Wow, such a cute table runner! I see comments going all the way back to 2012. It just shows the long lasting styles!

    1. It is hard to believe it has been that long Karen, we still use this table runner too!

  3. Hi Connie, I have commented before because I really enjoy your blog (plus I love quilting, feeding the birds and caring for our 16 year old boykin spaniel)! I am so intrigued by the free motion quilting you did with the garland of loop de loops! How pretty is that?!

    1. Thank you Margaret! I don’t know why I don’t do that type of quilting very often.

  4. Kathy in WV says:

    Lovely block…I plan on orienting my blocks sideways so that I’ll have a 3 block wall hanging for my doorway for Valentine’s Day….that way I can hang it vertically. I’ll make another for a table runner…it’s too pretty NOT to have more than one! Thanks so much. Blessings from a chilly West Virginia.

    1. What a great idea Kathy! I hope you will share it with me. Keep warm!

  5. Donna Caughlan says:

    This is a darling Valentine table runner. I plan to hang it in the same place I hung a JOY runner for Christmas. I love starting the year out with one of your table runner patterns. Wishing you the best in 2021,

  6. Great tutorial–I love your version of the heart! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Really nice. Love the hearts and your FMQ. The variations are nice too. Thanks. Great idea

  8. Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother says:

    That's really cute!! I have the same chalk wheel!

  9. Nice Heart Tablerunner. One can never have too much Red or Pink. lol.

  10. Super cute table runner!!! Love Ruby!!

  11. Melissa @ Happy Quilting says:

    Super cute tutorial. Thanks for linking it up 🙂

  12. Thanks for a great tutorial. I'm not brave enough to do the dark quilting thread on a light background, but your version looks great.

  13. This is just my sort of heart to do. Curves and I don't get along at all. Thanks for the tut.

  14. KOcanQuilt says:

    I love your runner. Such a simple and effective way to make hearts.

  15. I think it's great that your having a giveaway but my main goal with this post was just to let you know that I love the table runner you designed. It didn't make it on my table this year for Valentine's Day but I can guarantee it will be on my table next year!

  16. Love your tutorial and your inspirations. I enjoy reading your blog daily.

  17. Lovely tablerunner and very nicely done tutorial. I like the way you showed variations for the center.

  18. Jacquelin says:

    Ya soy seguidora para no perderme detalle de tus entradas. Gracias por el tutorial. Muy bueno.

  19. Apple Avenue Quilts says:

    Very cute project and a wonderful tutorial! Thanks for the tutorial!

  20. Super quick and a great table topper any time of the year.

  21. Mike and Jen says:

    Love it! This is one I will definitely make. Thanks for the pattern!

  22. pat sloan says:

    Happy Valentine’s day and thank you for sharing at my blog! Please be sure to visit my new "Learning Center" at quiltinggallery.com/learning-center/

  23. What a great tutorial! Thanks! I've been a follower and would love to play with Ruby 🙂

  24. LOVE this tutorial. The shape of the hearts are awesome. Thanks for a great pattern, a simple way to do it, and cute cute ways to quilt it.

  25. Thanks for the suggestions about quilting the runner. Happy Valentine’s Day – thank you for sharing your tutorial!

  26. Thanks for the great tutorial. I love the alternate blocks that you showed.

  27. Very nice table runner… I have yet to tackle such patterns, but hope to!

  28. Your hearts turned out so well, and I’m thinking about turning it into a smaller block for a swap.

  29. Very cute runner. I love how you can change the centers.

  30. Marcia W. says:

    This is a cute table runner. At first, I thought you used some type of applique technique to get the inside of the hearts to be cut out. Very clever use of the HST blocks.

  31. Denise :) says:

    I really like this table runner, Connie, and I particularly like the way you quilted it! You are such a creative lady! Happy Valentine's Day to you! 🙂

  32. Thanks for the tutorial. The runner looks great. I really should make a Valentines runner for next year.

  33. BLONDEDESIGN says:

    Fab!! I will have to give this a go, and make a cute quilt with the hearts, added to my list… Kxx

  34. Mel Brooks says:

    That accuquilt go baby is fantastic! soo need one of those! the table runner is lovely 🙂 the colours are perfect.
    Take care

  35. sweetboaterchick says:

    Such a cute table runner! And so many ways to personalize it.

  36. Adorable project, Connie. Every year I say I'm going to make a Valentines topper – maybe one of these days.

  37. SewLindaAnn says:

    Sweet, thank you and Happy Valentines Day to you.

  38. teachpany says:

    That block is so cute. I've been looking for other heart blocks. Great idea. Thanks.

  39. I can’t believe how easy and cute that table runner is! Happy Valentines Day and Happy Sewing

  40. Hi, Connie, I love the little heart table runner, gotta make one of those soon! Great tutorial!

  41. Jennie P. says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, this looks like I could do it 🙂

  42. I love table runners and yours is very sweet – thanks for the tutorial!

  43. Follower! Cute table runner, I may have to make one for next year!

  44. that's really cute! Before the Accuquilt, I was afraid to make 1/2 squares, but not anymore. I love my half squares and LOVE my Go and studio cutters. I'm definately going to make some of these blocks and going to make a quilt out of them. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  45. Lovely table runner, I made my 1st Valentine table runner from a blog hop tut, last year. I think this will be my 2nd, I also made a few extra as gifts. Toni Anne

  46. I love the pattern, and love your fabrics also! Thanks!

  47. Thank you for sharing the pattern. I love it! Happy Valentine's Day!

  48. Love your hearts table runner!! how great for you to share with others. THANKS!!

  49. Diane Wild says:

    I don’t own an Accuquilt but this looks easy enough to do without one.

  50. LOVE your runner!! You made it look VERY easy!! Now I am off to JoAnn's in search of the 3" HST die!! Thanks for that…I think!! haha

  51. wannabequilter says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. One more to add to my bucket list. I have just become a follower

  52. Sharon Pernes says:

    What a great table runner!

  53. Your table runner is gorgeous!!! I love this block!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!!

  54. Happy Valentine to you. Thanks for the idea! I'm a happy follower to your blog.

  55. Very sweet topper. I, too, liked the swirls and curls – simple. I am a follower.

  56. I love this runner! Your tutorial is excellent!

  57. This is really a cute one!! Thanks for a great tutorial!

  58. Beautiful runner Connie. Thank you. I’m still so jealous of that view of the river you have. The calm of the river is so wonderful to sit and watch with a morning cup of coffee. I really miss my childhood home that was on the river. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day Connie. I am sure you have something special planned for you and your hubby.

  59. Beautiful runner and love how you set the blocks.thanks for the tutorial!

  60. Lovely tutorial. I don't own a Go, but I'm sure I could make it without and I adore batiks so that's got to be a plus point hasn't it?

  61. Marjorie's Busy Corner says:

    Connie that was a great tutorial, and I love the runner….will definitely be making this one…have a great Valentine’s Day.

  62. Cute table runner, especially like the variations you gave.

  63. Thank you for the tutorial – especially for those of us without an accucut:) cute!

  64. Vroomans' Quilts says:

    I love how you show the different settings for the heart centers for such sweet looks. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

  65. Gene Black says:

    ooh…your pieced hearts are pretty!

  66. I love the table runner – can't wait to give it a try. Just have had my Accuquilt for a while and love what I am finding I can do with it. thanks for posting the tutorial!

  67. Jan-Maree says:

    cute little table runner! thanks for the chance – loving the ruby!

  68. Loved how you made use of this die and the charm pack will be very useful, glad I'm a follower.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Love that heart block! Will definitely have to try this for next Valentines Day for gifts for my girls. Thanks for the chance to win the charm pack.
    Pat in Oregon

  70. Darling table runner……thanks for the great tutioral and giveaway….

  71. Love your tutorials. This one is lovely. I am currently using your Red String Table Runner Tutorial. I will have to try this one next.

  72. What a fun way to use 1/2 square triangles. I do have that die. I might have to give it a try.
    thanks for sharing.
    I am now a follower.

  73. What a simple topper – that's what I need – thanks! And, I got that die for Christmas – need to get it out.