Our new Build-A-Block™ patchwork system is inspiring lots of people of all sewing capabilities thanks to how truly versatile this is.
Our sixth step-by-step guide in our dedicated project series details how you can make this table runner... Do you have a special occasion coming up this summer? Or perhaps this will inspire you to plan the look of your Christmas table, as a longer-term project?
You will need
Gemini die-cutting machine
200cm (79”) of main fabric
50cm (20”) of contrast fabric
150cm (59”) of wadding
Threaders Stick & Spray fabric adhesive
Basic sewing kit
This table runner needs three double links blocks measuring 12”.
For each 12” block, cut the following:
4 x 4.5 inch half square triangles in contrasting fabric
32 x 2.5 inch half square triangles in main fabric
16 x 2.5 inch half square triangles in contrasting fabric
8 x 2.5 quarter square triangles in main fabric
8 x 2.5 quarter square triangles in contrasting fabric
Follow the piecing instructions for the double links 12” block included with the Build-A-Block™
die set to construct the three double link blocks.
TOP TIP - press your seams in opposite directions so when you join your blocks together the
seams will nest together, which will avoid too much bulk and give you nice crisp joining points.
Join the three 12” double link blocks created in Step 1 together to form the central panel of
the table runner.
To make the borders cut 5x10cm (2x4”) strips of the main fabric, the length of the runner.
Join these along the long edges of the runner using a 0.5cm (¼”) seam allowance. Press
the seams carefully.
Now add 5x10cm (2x4”) borders to the short edges of the central panel and long borders.
Press the seams carefully.
Make the quilt sandwich by sandwiching the wadding between the quilt top and backing
(ensure the quilt top is facing up and the backing is facing down). Use Stick & Spray fabric
adhesive to hold the layers together for quilting.
Quilt the runner by hand or by machine. Shadow quilting was used around the double link
blocks and straight line echo quilting round the border for this project.
To create the binding join 6.5cm (2.5”) wide strips of your chosen fabric colour to create
enough to go around all sides of the runner. Fold and press it in half lengthways with the
wrong sides facing.
Keeping the binding folded, align the raw edges to the edge of one long side of the quilt and
sew to the first corner leaving a 6cm (2”) tail at the start. To mitre the corners, stop sewing
approximately 0.5cm (¼”) from the corner and fasten off the thread. Fold the binding straight
back towards the corner then fold it back again at a 45° angle, aligning the fold along the raw
edge. Start to sew again and repeat this along the remaining sides. To join the binding, fold over
one of the raw edges and overlap the two ends, ensuring the other raw edge is hidden.
Finally, fold the binding to the reverse side of the quilt and neatly slip stitch in place to finish
You can find more project inspiration here!