Mix playful florals and geometrics for a fun table runner and matching place mats. Fabrics are from the Mosaic Blooms collection by Winthur Sempliner for Connecting Threads.

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Inspired by Square Scramble from designer Kate Colleran

Quilt tester: Jan Ragaller

Materials for Two Place Mats and One Table Runner

• 1⁄3 yard purple-and-white print (blocks, place mat side units)

• 18×21" piece (fat quarter) green floral (blocks)

• 18×21" piece (fat quarter) purple plaid (blocks)

• 9×21" piece (fat eighth) light purple floral (blocks)

• 18×21" piece (fat quarter) dark blue floral (blocks)

• 9×21" piece (fat eighth) blue houndstooth (blocks)

• 18×21" piece (fat quarter) green print (blocks, place mat side units)

• 9×21" piece (fat eighth) dark purple houndstooth (place mat side units)

• 9×21" piece (fat eighth) blue print (place mat side units)

• 1 yard dark purple floral (borders, binding)

• 2-1⁄2 yards backing fabric

• 23×59" rectangle batting (table runner)

• 2-20×25" rectangles batting (place mats)


Finished place mats: 14-1⁄2×19-1⁄2"

Finished table runner: 14-1⁄2×50-1⁄2"

Finished block: 12" square

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.

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

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From purple-and-white print, cut:

• 6-3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles

• 6-3-1⁄2" squares

• 1-2×12-1⁄2" rectangle

• 1-1-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" rectangle

From green floral, cut:

• 12-3-1⁄2" squares

From purple plaid, cut:

• 6-3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles

• 6-3-1⁄2" squares

From light purple floral, cut:

• 6-3-1⁄2" squares

From dark blue floral, cut:

• 6-3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles

• 6-3-1⁄2" squares

From blue houndstooth, cut:

• 6-3-1⁄2" squares

From green print, cut:

• 6-3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles

• 6-3-1⁄2" squares

• 1-2×12-1⁄2" rectangle

• 1-1-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" rectangle

From dark purple houndstooth, cut:

• 4-1-1⁄4×12-1⁄2" rectangles

From blue print, cut:

• 2-1-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" rectangles

From dark purple floral, cut:

• 8-2-1⁄2×42" binding strips

• 3-1-1⁄2×42" strips for border of table runner

• 4-1-1⁄2×19-1⁄2" border strips for place mats

• 2-1-1⁄2×14-1⁄2" border strips for table runner

• 4-1-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" border strips for place mats

From backing fabric, cut:

• 1-23×59" rectangle

• 2-20×25" rectangles

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Assemble Blocks

1. Sew together one purple-and-white print 3-1⁄2" square and one green floral 3-1⁄2" square (Diagram 1).

2. Referring to Diagram 2, add a purple-and-white print 3-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" rectangle to Step 1 segment to make Unit A. Unit A should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make six A units total.

4. Using purple plaid 3-1⁄2" squares and 3-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" rectangles and light purple floral 3-1⁄2" squares, repeat steps 1 and 2 to make six B units (Diagram 3).

5. Using dark blue floral 3-1⁄2" squares and 3-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" rectangles and blue houndstooth 3-1⁄2" squares, repeat steps 1 and 2 to make six C units (Diagram 4).

6. Using green print 3-1⁄2" squares and 3-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" rectangles and green floral 3-1⁄2" squares, repeat steps 1 and 2 to make six D units (Diagram 5).

7. Referring to Diagram 6, sew together one each of A, B, C, and D units in pairs. Join pairs to make a block. The block should be 12-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

8. Repeat Step 7 to make six blocks total.

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Assemble Place Mat Tops

1. Referring to Diagram 7, sew together green print 2 ×12-1⁄2" rectangle, two dark purple houndstooth 1-1⁄4 ×12-1⁄2" rectangles, purple-and-white print 1-1⁄2 ×12-1⁄2" rectangle, and one blue print 1-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" rectangle to make a side unit. Press seams toward dark purple houndstooth rectangles. The unit should be 5-1⁄2 ×12-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

2. Repeat Step 1 using purple-and-white print 2 ×12-1⁄2" rectangle, remaining dark purple houndstooth 1-1⁄4 ×12-1⁄2" rectangles, green print 1-1⁄2 ×12-1⁄2" rectangle, and remaining blue print 1-1⁄2 ×12-1⁄2" rectangle to make a second side unit (Diagram 8).

3. Add a side unit to left-hand edge of a block to make place mat center. Press seam toward side unit. The place mat center should be 12-1⁄2 ×17-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

4. Referring to Place Mat Assembly Diagram, join dark purple floral 1-1⁄2 ×12-1⁄2" border strips to short edges of place mat center. Add dark purple floral 1-1⁄2 ×19-1⁄2" border strips to remaining edges to make place mat top. Press all seams toward border.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make a second place mat top.

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Assemble Table Runner Top

1. Referring to Table Runner Assembly Diagram, lay out remaining blocks in a row, rotating every other block 180°.

2. Sew together blocks to make table runner center. Press seams in one direction. The table runner center should be 12-1⁄2 ×48-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

3. Sew together dark purple floral 1-1⁄2 ×42" strips to make 2-1-1⁄2 ×48-1⁄2"-long strips for border.

4. Sew dark purple floral 1-1⁄2 ×48-1⁄2" border strips to long edges of table runner center. Add dark purple floral 1-1⁄2 ×14-1⁄2" border strips to remaining edges to make table runner top. Press all seams toward border.

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Finish Place Mats and Table Runner

1. Layer a place mat top, batting 20 ×25" rectangle, and backing 20 ×25" rectangle; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with dark purple floral binding strips to complete place mat.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to complete a second place mat.

4. Using table runner top, batting 23 ×59" rectangle, and backing 23 ×59" rectangle, repeat steps 1 and 2 to complete table runner.

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