Highlight 5" charm squares between 2-1⁄2"-wide fabric strips in a quilt-as-you-go table runner to make home decor in no time.

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Designer: Roseann Meehan Kermes of Rosebud's Cottage

Materials

• 9-5" squares assorted yellow, blue, and red prints (table runner top)

• 3-2-1⁄2×42" green print strips (table runner top)

• 1-2-1⁄2×42" yellow print strip (table runner top)

• 3-2-1⁄2×42" red print strips (binding)

• 5⁄8 yard backing fabric

• 20×38" batting

• Basting spray (optional)

• Water-soluble marker

Finished table runner: 14×30"

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted green prints, cut:

• 6-2-1⁄2×14" strips

From each green print and yellow print strip, cut:

• 2-2-1⁄2×14" strips

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Assemble, Quilt, and Finish Table Runner

1. Lay backing fabric, right side down, on work surface. Place batting on top. If desired, use quilt basting spray to secure layers together.

2. Use a water-soluble marker to draw centered vertical and horizontal placement guidelines on quilt batting (Diagram 1).

3. Sew together three assorted yellow, blue, and red print 5" squares in a row. Press seams in one direction. The row should be 5×14" including seam allowances. Bring short ends of row together and finger-press. Then bring long ends together; finger-press to create placement guidelines.

4. Repeat Step 3 to make three pieced rows total. Bring short ends only of two rows together and finger-press.

5. With right side up, pin a Step 3 row across middle of layered batting and backing, aligning folded placement lines on pieced row with marked placement lines (Diagram 2).

6. With right side down, place a green print 2-1⁄2×14" strip atop first row. Sew together through all layers (Diagram 3). Finger-press strip open.

7. Referring to Table Runner Assembly Diagram, continue adding assorted green and yellow print 2-1⁄2×14" strips and 5×14" pieced rows in both directions to make table runner; press.

8. Trim batting and backing even with table runner top. Bind table runner with red print binding strips.

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