Use a 3-D fabric-folding technique to make stunning Sunburst blocks with ease-and with perfect points. This table runner features the Fiesta collection from Blank Quilting.
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Inspired By: "Sunburst Trio" from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

Quiltmaker: Laura Boehnke


  • 2/3 yard green print (petals in blocks)
  • 3--1/8-yard pieces assorted orange and red prints (points in blocks)
  • 1/2 yard black print (circle appliqués, binding)
  • 3/8 yard gold plaid (appliqué foundations)
  • 5/8 yard multicolor print (setting triangles)
  • 1-5/8 yards backing fabric
  • 24x58" batting
  • Freezer paper
  • Fabric glue stick

Finished table runner: 17-1/2x51-1/2"

Finished block: 12" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces.

To use freezer paper for cutting Pattern C, complete the following steps.

1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over Pattern C. Use a pencil to trace pattern three times. Cut out each freezer-paper circle on drawn line.

2. Place a dab of fabric glue on dull side of each freezer-paper circle, then place glue side down on wrong side of black print. Cut out fabric pieces, adding a scant 1/4" seam allowance to all edges.

3. Using tip of a hot, dry iron, turn fabric seam allowance over edge of each freezer-paper circle and press taut against template. Clip seam allowance if necessary.

From green print, cut:

  • 96 of Pattern A

From each orange or red print, cut:

  • 16 of Pattern B

From black print, cut:

  • 4--2-1/2x42" binding strips
  • 3 of Pattern C

From gold plaid, cut:

  • 3--12-1/2" squares

From multicolor print, cut:

  • 1--18-1/4" square, cutting it diagonally twice in an X for 4 setting triangles total

Assemble Appliqués

1. To indicate the seam line on top arcs of A pieces, cut off seam allowance from top arc of Pattern A template, then use this to mark stitching line on half of the green print A pieces (Photo A).


2. Sew together a marked and an unmarked A piece around top arcs only, stitching on marked line. Trim seam allowances of arcs to 1/8" (Photo B).


3. Turn joined A pieces right side out to make a petal (Photo C). Press, then trim the back A piece 1/4" from bottom edge of arc (Photo D).


4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to make 48 petals total.

5. Fold tip of each orange or red print B triangle 1/4" to wrong side (Photo E). Fold each triangle in half lengthwise with wrong side inside; finger-press (Photo F).


Assemble Appliqué Continued

6. Aligning raw right-hand edges, place a folded B triangle on right side of a petal. Bottom points of pieces should meet and B triangle tip will extend beyond top edge. Lay a second petal on top of first petal, sandwiching orange print piece inside (Photo G). Sew along edge through all layers to make a petal pair. From wrong side, finger-press seam open (Photo H).


7. With right side up, place a petal pair on ironing board. Align pressed center line of B triangle with center seam of petal pair (Photo I). (Don't worry that B triangle's lower edge will be more than 1/4" from bottom edge of petals when pressed open-this will all be covered by a C circle appliqué.) Press with tip of iron, starting at open end of B triangle and stopping about 1" from tip. Finish pressing from wrong side to prevent B triangle from being flattened.


8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to make and press 24 petal pairs total.

9. Lay out eight matching petal pairs in a circle. Join petal pairs to make quarter circles, adding a folded B triangle into seam as before. Sew together quarter circles into half circles, and join half circles to make a sunburst appliqué, adding a folded B triangle into each seam. Repeat to make three sunburst appliqués total.

Assemble Appliqué Continued

1. With a glue stick, dab a small amount of glue on each petal tip of a sunburst appliqué. Position appliqué in center of a gold plaid 12-1/2" square and finger-press.

2. Center a black print C circle atop sunburst appliqué; glue or baste in place. Machine- or hand-stitch sunburst appliqué in place, starting with C circle.

3. Carefully cut a slit in gold plaid under C circle and remove freezer paper to complete a block. Lightly press from wrong side.

4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to make three blocks total.

Finish Table Runner

1. Sew together blocks and multicolor print setting triangles in diagonal rows (Table Runner Assembly Diagram). Press seams toward setting triangles.


2. Join rows to make table runner top; press seams in one direction.

3. Layer table runner top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

4. Bind with dark purple batik binding strips.