Flying Geese point in all directions in this playful table runner. Fabrics are from the Painter's Palette Solids collection from Fabri-Quilt.

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Flying Geese Table Runner
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Designer: Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Finished size: 60-1/2 ×12-1/2"

Finished block: 12" square

Materials

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

  • 18 × 21" piece (fat quarter) each solid maroon, green, mustard, light pink, white, dark pink, taupe, and teal (blocks, binding)
  • 1/2 yard each solid tan and aqua (blocks, binding)
  • 1 yard backing fabric
  • 21× 69" batting

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From each solid maroon, green, mustard, light pink, white, dark pink, taupe, and teal, cut:

  • 10—3-1/2" squares

From each solid tan and aqua, cut:

  • 20—3-1/2× 6-1/2" rectangles

From remaining scraps of solids, cut:

  • Enough 2-1/2"-wide strips to total 195" in length for binding

Assemble Flying Geese Units

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

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each solid maroon, green, mustard, light pink, white, dark pink, taupe, and teal 3-1/2" square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)

2. Align a marked solid maroon square with one end of a solid tan 3-1/2× 6-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line, then trim excess, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle.

3. In same manner, add a marked solid maroon square to opposite end of rectangle (Diagram 1; again note direction of drawn line). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a maroon Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 6-1/2× 3-1/2" including seam allowances.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make five maroon Flying Geese units total.

5. Repeat steps 2 and 3 using marked solid green, mustard, and light pink 3-1/2" squares and remaining solid tan 3-1/2× 6-1/2" rectangles to make five each of green, mustard, and light pink Flying Geese units.

6. Repeat steps 2 and 3 using marked solid white, dark pink, taupe, and teal 3-1/2" squares and solid aqua 3-1/2x 6-1/2" rectangles to make five each of white, dark pink, taupe, and teal Flying Geese units.

Assemble Blocks

1. Lay out one each of maroon, green, mustard, light pink, white, dark pink, taupe, and teal Flying Geese units in two rows (Diagram 2; note orientation of Flying Geese units).

Flying Geese Table Runner

2. Sew together units in each row. Join rows to make a block. The block should be 12-1/2" square including seam allowances.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make five blocks total.

Assemble Table Runner Top

1. Referring to Table Runner Assembly Diagram, lay out blocks in a row, rotating every other block as shown.

Flying Geese Table Runner

2. Sew together blocks to complete table runner top. Press seams in one direction.

Finish Table Runner

1. Layer table runner top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired. Kaitlyn Howell machine-quilted an allover Baptist Fan design across the table runner top.

3. Join assorted solid 2-1/2"-wide strips to make a 155"-long pieced binding strip. Bind table runner with pieced binding strip.