Display a trio of appliquéd blossoms all year-round on a garden-fresh table topper.


Designer: Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries


• 9×22" piece (fat eighth) peach print (blocks, appliqués)

• 9×22" piece (fat eighth) yellow tone-on-tone (blocks)

• 18×22" piece (fat quarter) gold print (blocks)

• 9×22" piece (fat eighth) blue print (appliqués)

• 3⁄8 yard green print (appliqués, binding)

• 1⁄2 yard blue floral (border)

• 3⁄4 yard backing fabric

• 25×41" batting

• Lightweight iron-on fusible web

Finished table runner: 16-1⁄2×32-1⁄2"

Finished blocks: 8" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. 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. Click on "Download this Project" for pattern pieces. To use iron-on fusible web for appliquéing, complete the following steps.

1. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions, leaving 1⁄2" between tracings. Cut out each fusible-web shape roughly 1⁄4" outside traced lines.

2. Following manufacturer's instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto wrong sides of designated fabrics; let cool. Cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines. Peel off paper backings.

From peach print, cut:

• 3-4-1⁄2" squares

• 3 of Pattern C

From yellow tone-on-tone, cut:

• 3-4-1⁄2" squares

From gold print, cut:

• 3-4-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" rectangles

From blue print, cut:

• 18 of Pattern A

From green print, cut:

• 3-2-1⁄2×42" binding strips

• 3 of Pattern B

From blue floral, cut:

• 2-4-1⁄2×32-1⁄2" border strips

• 2-4-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" border strips

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Assemble Blocks

1. Sew together a peach print 4-1⁄2" square and a yellow tone-on-tone 4-1⁄2" square to make a unit (Diagram 1). Press seam toward peach print square. Repeat to make three units total.

2. Referring to Diagram 2, sew a gold print 4-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" rectangle to top long edge of a Step 1 unit to make foundation square A. Press seam toward gold print rectangle. Foundation square A should be 8-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

3. Repeat Step 2 to make a second foundation square A.

4. Referring to Diagram 3, sew a gold print 4-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" rectangle to bottom long edge of remaining Step 1 unit to make foundation square B. Press seam toward gold print rectangle. Foundation square B should be 8-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

5. Referring to Appliqué Placement Diagram, position six blue print A petals, one green print B circle, and one peach print C circle on a foundation square A. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse pieces in place. Working from bottom layer to top, and using matching thread and a narrow zigzag stitch, machine-appliqué pieces in place to make Block A. The appliquéd block still should be 8-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second Block A.

6. Using foundation square B, repeat Step 5 to make Block B.

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Assemble Table Runner Top

1. Referring to Table Runner Assembly Diagram, sew together blocks A and B in a row to make table runner center. Press seams away from A blocks. The table runner center should be 24-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

2. Join blue floral 4-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" border strips to short edges of table runner center. Add 4-1⁄2×32-1⁄2" border strips to remaining edges to complete table runner top. Press seams toward border.

Finish Table Runner

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

2. Quilt as desired. Connie Albin stipple-quilted the background of the appliquéd blocks and stitched intersecting wavy lines around the table runner border using a Thimbleberries quilt stencil.

3. Bind with green print binding strips.