Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tute-Happy Summer: Striped Table Runner

We're continuing our Tute-Happy Summer series today with a tutorial for a striking table topper by Connie from from Freemotion by the River. Connie used the bold prints from the Ro Gregg's Marblehead Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz collection. Enjoy the tutorial and then find the details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a bundle of Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz prints to play with!



Hi, I'm Connie from Freemotion by the River and I have another fun table runner pattern to share with you.
Runner on deck stool

I used the fat quarter bundle of Marblehead Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz by Ro Gregg for Fabri-Quilt.
Gemstones Jewels and Quartz fat quarters
The size of this table runner is 11" x 44".

I picked six fabrics from the fat quarter bundle and also used muslin for the neutral strips.


  • Cut each of the 6 fabrics into 4 - 1 1/2 inch strips by the longest side of the fat quarter (22 inches).
  • Cut the muslin into 10 - 1 inch strips the width of the fabric, then sub-cut to 20-22 inches for a total of 20 strips.
  • Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. Join pieces together.
fabrics used

It is a good idea to sew the first two strips together and then switch directions for the next strip. Change back and forth when adding each strip. This will keep your piece from bowing.
step 1 strings

Make 4 sections. Press after adding each strip. Your section should measure 8 1/2" tall.
step 2 strings

Square up each section and cut  2 - 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" squares. You will have a total of 8.
step 3 strings

Cut each square in half diagonally. 
step 4 strings

Cut each block exactly the same way.
step 5 strings

Take 4 pieces and lay them out as shown below.
step 6 strings

Piece the sections together. 
step 7 strings

Make 4 blocks.
step 8 strings

Add a 1" muslin sashing between the blocks.
step 8 strings

Add backing and batting and quilt as desired. I cut some additional 2 1/2" strips from the leftover fat quarters to use for my binding.
step 10 strings

My daughter was here last weekend and claimed this table runner. She just redid her bedroom in these colors and this will work perfectly on her bedroom dresser. She would like 2 small mats for her end tables. I think I have just enough leftovers to make them.
Runner on deck table
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and stop by my blog for more tutorials and patterns. 


Thanks Connie!
Head over to Connie's blog to find out how you can win a bundle of Marblehead Gemstones, Jewels and QuartzThis giveaway is now closed, but be sure to check out our other tutorials, as we'll be sharing a tutorial and hosting a giveaway each week!


Check out each week of our Summer of Tutes!
Week 1: Sunglasses case  featuring Graphix 3
Week 2: The overnight bag featuring Who's Who

Week 3: Tablet case featuring Jungle Party 
Week 4: Patriotic pennants featuring Tone on Tone 
Week 6: Zig zag lunchbag featuring Graphix 3
Week 9: Elegant Clutch featuring Jungle Party 
Week 10: Modern Table Topper featuring Prairie Cloth Solids
Week 12: Nautical mini featuring Prairie Cloth Solids

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Announcing our Modern Table Topper Prairie Cloth Solids bundle winner:

Kathy

Congratulations! We've sent you a email.

92 comments:

  1. The finished runner looks so complicated to piece but it's really simple, great tutorial!

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  2. Well detailed tutorial. I love this eye-catching table runner!!

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  3. A smart way to make a stunning runner!

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  4. Those deep colors off-set by the white sashing really "pop"!

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  5. LOVE your Runner!!! Would make a Gorgeous Quilt too!! Thank you for sharing the Tutorial with us! :) Fabrics are Bright & Beautiful! Lots of Pizazz for sure!

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  6. What beautiful fabrics! The tutorial is great and the table runner is fantastic!! Can't wait to make it! Hugs!

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  7. Love Connies tutorials. Always so gorgeous and easy to follow instructions!

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  8. Beautiful table runner, and great tutorial!

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  9. Love Connie's tutorials, so easy to understand.

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  10. I want to make a quilt with this pattern, love it! :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  11. Beautiful pattern, thanks for sharing!

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  12. Love the table runner. I think it would make a great row in a row quilt - patriotic colors. Thanks.

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  13. Really enjoyed this tutorial one to remember

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  14. Great tutorial. I love your table runner.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  15. Love the bright and colorful runner, and the Gemstones collection is perfect for it.

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  16. That is a wonderful tutorial and I want to make one now. Thanks

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  17. Inspiring. I think I need one! Great tutorial.

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  18. Love tutorial. The tablerunner is very with that fabric.

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  19. I love this Connie - thanks!

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  20. Love the table runner! Great tutorial too!

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  21. The fabric design and colours are awesome - great tutorial too.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  22. What a fun runner! I love the fabric and the design!

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  23. Beautiful pattern, and I love the colors you used!

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  24. I love Connie's tutorial! It looks really great and I can't believe how easy it looks to create one for myself! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. I love Connie's table runner! The colors really pop in there. Great tutorial-it looks hard but she made it look easy.

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  26. Love the fun and easy patterns that go together quickly. This one is great!

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  27. Thank you for taking the time to create a tutorial. Many s the time I've thought I knew how to make something without a pattern/guide and realized, I didn't. Even though I've sewn for years, these tutorials still teach me new things. They are invaluable to all sewers.

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  28. HI,Thank You for the tutorial!
    Hugs from Connie!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  29. Connie has made yet another gorgeous table runner. Those fabrics are just gorgeous too. Such pretty colors.

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  30. Great tutorial. Connie breaks the process down to be very easy to make.

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  31. Great tutorial! Connie always makes such pretty things. The fabrics are lovely!

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  32. This is so pretty, can't wait to try it!

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  33. Very nice! A strong contender for the top of my new bookcase!

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  34. Very nice! A strong contender for the top of my new bookcase!

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  35. Very pretty table runner!
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  36. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  37. Love the colors! Never would have thought of slicing and dicing the block the way you did!
    Sandy A

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  38. Connie always does such a great job on her runners and this one is beautiful with those fabrics.

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  39. How pretty! I love the bright colors.

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  40. The fabric used for this runner is beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial. I am a table runner girl.

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  41. This is a gorgeous piece! I love simple sew-outs that make such a fantastic design at the end. Connie is really a genius!

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  42. Great runner! Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  43. Very striking table runner, just beautiful. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

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  44. Great pattern. Love the impact of the white strips.

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  45. Great tutorial. Now I want to make one.

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  46. Great tutorial - must make one of these

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  47. This would certainly brighten up my bedroom!

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  48. Very pretty table runner. Thanks for the tutorial and for the giveaway.

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  49. Very pretty. I will have to try that tip about alternating sewing directions when working with strips. Thanks!

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  50. No, Connie, do not use one in my bedroom; but I think it is a great idea. Love your new one!

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  51. Beautiful table runner. Connie is one of my favorites.

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  52. Love the bright colors and look forward to creating one for my home if I am lucky enough to win this giveaway. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  53. I love this table runner and the tutorial is awesome. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  54. So interesting to see the ways the block can be placed. And what fun to slice right through it, haha! Gotta love our rotary cutters!

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  55. Love these colors and the tutorial makes it look easy. Couls be done in different seasonal colors.

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  56. Beautiful, I'm sure your daughter will enjoy them. Love the tutorial.

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  57. this is gorgeous. thanks for another wonderful tutorial.
    this bundle is exceptional.
    Hmmm, lol guess what I am getting?
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  58. Great runner and tutorial. I will be making at least one of these. Wonderful collection. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. I do love this. Thanks for such a wonderful tutorial!

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  60. Love the pattern and the fabric. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  61. This is such a beautiful piece! Especially with those fabrics. Thanks for sharing!

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  62. Fantastic tablerunner and thanks for the tutorial.

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  63. Awesome tablerunner with beautiful fabric collections. Thanks for the lovely tutorial!! :-)

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  64. I love your colors. And visual step by step tutorials are wonderful for learning. Thanks for the great pictures, and give-away.

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  65. Thanks for the tutorial. These colors would brighten up my bedroom.

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  66. Love the runner - it really makes a statement! I can see it in different fabrics for holidays.
    Susan in NE PA
    susie.galasso@gmail.com

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  67. Oh my goodness, those are beautiful fabrics! Just visited Freemotion by the River and read the fabulous tutorial. I will be creating one of these table runners very soon. Thank you for the Summer of Tutes blog hop and the chance to win this gorgeous fabric bundle! I hope that you have a wonderful creative day!

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  68. The colors are so pretty! This pattern looks complicated but I can see from Connie's tut that it's really pretty easy! tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  69. That is just gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  70. Thank you for a great tutorial. I am looking forward to being able to make this beauty!

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  71. Great pattern and you write a very clear tutorial!!! Love this runner...now I'll need to make one!!! Thank you!!!

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  72. I love the material and the pattern looks like a good one that would fit right into my decor. I'd even like to make it twice and give the second one to a new friend who doesn't sew.

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  73. I love the material and the pattern looks like a good one that would fit right into my decor. I'd even like to make it twice and give the second one to a new friend who doesn't sew.

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  74. Wonderful tutorial! Definitely on my list to make this tablerunner.
    Linda "Cookie" Lawrence
    Mandeville Louisiana
    lbcookie1@gmail.com

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  75. Thanks for the tutorial, and I love the colors in your runner! :)

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  76. I think it would make a gorgeous bedspread ... larger, of course. :D

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  77. I love tutorials and photos to illustrate. Love your runner.

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  78. This runner is so lovely and looks so intricate. Connie you break it down into truly easy to create steps. Thank you. These fabrics are beautiful and I would love to add them to my sewing room. Creative Sewing Bliss...

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  79. How beautiful. Love the tutorial. Drhodes9@cox.net

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  80. This table runner is cute, thank you for sharing.

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  81. Love this tablerunner! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  82. Great tutorial! I'm going to have to make a few for our bedroom. Thanks for sharing!

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  83. i love this table runner, very fresh and unique.

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  84. I've saved this and will make it! I measured and it will be perfect for my piano; I may have to make a couple more blocks, but the width is just right! Thanks so much for the tutorial; so easy to understand! ---"Love"

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