A bevy of black-and-white prints adds a touch of sass to an easy table topper. Start each block with an 8-1/2" square fussy-cut from a panel print and add two 4-1/2"-wide strips to finish. Add more playful prints from Word Play by Michele D'Amore for Benartex for the setting triangles, border, and binding.
On-Point Table Runner
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Inspired by Royal Treatment from designer Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage Designs

Quiltmaker: Kathleen Williams


  • 1/3 yard panel print (blocks)
  • 18x22" piece (fat quarter) black-and-white dot (blocks)
  • 2/3 yards black-and-white print (setting and corner triangles)
  • 1/2 yard black tone-on-tone (border)
  • 3/8 yard black-and-white stripe (binding)
  • 1-7/8 yards backing fabric
  • 30x64" batting

Finished quilt: 21-1/2x55-1/2"

Finished block: 12" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From panel print, fussy-cut:

  • 3--8-1/2" squares

From black-and-white dot, cut:

  • 3--4-1/2x12-1/2" rectangles
  • 3--4-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles

From black-and-white print, cut:

  • 1--18-1/4" square, cutting it diagonally twice in an X for 4 setting triangles total
  • 2--9-3/8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 corner triangles total

From black tone-on-tone, cut:

  • 4--2-1/2x26" strips for border
  • 2--2-1/2x21-1/2" border strips

From black-and-white stripe, cut:

  • 4--2-1/2x42" binding strips

Assemble Blocks

1. Referring to Block Assembly Diagram, join a black-and-white dot 4-1/2x8-1/2" rectangle to right-hand edge of a fussy-cut 8-1/2" square.


2. Add black-and-white dot 4-1/2x12-1/2" rectangle to bottom edge of Step 1 unit to complete block. Press all seams toward rectangles. The block should be 12-1/2" square including seam allowances.

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

Assemble Table Runner Center

1. Referring to Table Runner Assembly Diagram, lay out blocks and black-and-white print setting triangles in three diagonal rows.


2. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward setting triangles. Join rows; press seams in one direction. Add black-and-white print corner triangles to make table runner center; press seams toward corner triangles. The table runner center should be 17-1/2x51-1/2" including seam allowances.

Add Border

1. Sew together two black tone-on-tone 2-1/2x26" strips to make a long border strip. The long border strip should be 2-1/2x51-1/2" including seam allowances. Using tip of iron, carefully press seam open. Repeat to make a second long border strip.

2. Join long border strips to long edges of table runner center. Press seams toward border.

3. Sew black tone-on-tone 2-1/2x21-1/2" border strips to short edges of table runner center to complete table runner top. Press as before.

Finish Table Runner

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

2. Quilt as desired.

3. Bind with black-and-white stripe binding strips.