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Decorate your summer table with a quick-to-sew runner. Fabrics are from the Stonehenge Quilts of Valor collection by Northcott.

March 27, 2021
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Patriotic Spinner Table Runner

Inspired by: Spin Me Around from designer Gerri Robinson

Quilt tester: Diane Tomlinson

Finished table runner: 23-1/2×39-1/2"

Finished block: 16" square

Materials

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

  • 2/3 yard red star print (blocks)
  • 1/3 yard mottled cream (blocks)
  • 3/8 yard blue star print (blocks)
  • 5/8 yard mottled blue (inner border, outer border, binding)
  • 3/8 yard red, white, and blue stripe (outer border)
  • 1-5/8 yards backing fabric
  • 28×44" batting

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From red star print, cut:

  • 16—4-1/2" squares
  • 64—2-1/2" squares

From mottled cream, cut:

  • 24—2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles

From blue star print, cut:

  • 8—4-1/2×8-1/2" rectangles

From mottled blue, cut:

  • 4—2-1/2×42" binding strips
  • 4—3" squares
  • 2—1-1/2×32-1/2" inner border strips
  • 2—1-1/2×18-1/2" inner border strips

From red, white, and blue stripe, cut:

  • 2—3×34-1/2" outer border strips
  • 2—3×18-1/2" outer border strips

Assemble Blocks

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 48 red star print 2-1/2" squares and each red star print 4-1/2" square.

2. Align a marked red star print 2-1/2" square with one end of a mottled cream 2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of marked line). Sew on marked line. Trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press open attached triangle. Add a marked red star print 2-1/2" square to opposite end of rectangle to make a small Flying Geese unit. The unit still should be 2-1/2×4-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 24 small Flying Geese units total.

3. Using marked red star print 4-1/2" squares and blue star print 4-1/2×8-1/2" rectangles, repeat Step 2 to make eight large Flying Geese units (Diagram 2). Each unit still should be 4-1/2×8-1/2" including seam allowances.

4. Lay out two remaining red star print 2-1/2" squares and three small Flying Geese units in two rows (Diagram 3). Sew together pieces in rows. Join rows to make Unit A. The unit should be 4-1/2×8-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight A units total.

5. Referring to Diagram 4, sew together one A unit and one large Flying Geese unit to make Unit B. The unit should be 8-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight B units total.

Patriotic Spinner Table Runner

6. Referring to Diagram 5 for unit orientation, sew together four B units in pairs. Join pairs to make a block. The block should be 16-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second block.

Assemble Table Runner

1. Referring to Table Runner Assembly Diagram, sew blocks together. Press seam in one direction to complete table runner center. The table runner center should be 16-1/2×32-1/2" including seam allowances.

2. Sew mottled blue 1-1/2×32-1/2" inner border strips to long edges of table runner center. Add mottled blue 1-1/2×18-1/2" inner border strips to remaining edges. Press seams towards inner border. The table runner center should be 18-1/2×34-1/2" including seam allowances.

3. Sew together two mottled blue 3" squares and one red, white, and blue 3×18-1/2" strip to make a pieced outer border strip. The strip should be 3×23-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second pieced outer border strip.

4. Sew red. white, and blue 3×34-1/2" outer border strips to long edges of table runner center. Add pieced outer border strips to remaining edges to complete table runner top.

Finish Table Runner

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

2. Bind with mottled blue binding strips.