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Quilted Table Runner with Mountain Ash Embroidery

This gorgeous quilted table runner uses the pattern Mountain Ash Berries. It can make an excellent centerpiece for your dining room table. It is also great as a gift.
The finished size of the table runner is about 16" x 48". We used the stitch-outs for a commercial size frame.

You will need:

  • 1 yard of light solid fabric,
  • 1 yard of light patterned fabric,
  • 1 yard of dark patterned fabric.
You will also need batting, fabric for backing.

For embroidery besides the fabric you will need light-weight cut-away or tear-away stabilizer and embroidery threads.


Out of light-colored fabric, cut:

  • 4 squares measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2",
  • 13 squares measuring 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" and
  • 4 squares measuring 5" x 5".

Out of light-colored patterned fabric, cut
  • 13 squares measuring 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" and
  • 2 squares measuring 5" x 5".

Out of dark-colored patterned fabric, cut
  • 8 squares measuring 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" and
  • 2 squares measuring 5" x 5".

Sewing the Elements of the Quilt

The first element used in the top is the half-triangle. You will need 20 light and 8 dark half-triangles.

Take 10 light squares measuring 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" and 10 light patterned squares measuring 4 3/4" x 4 3/4". Place them face to face to get 10 pairs. With a pencil, draw a diagonal on the lighter square. Stitch 1/4" from the pencil line on both sides.

Half Triangle Step 1

Half Triangle Step 2

Cut along the pencil line. Open the new squares. Press the seam towards the darker fabric. Trim the ears. Repeat for all the pairs. You should get 18 light half-triangle blocks, measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".

Half Triangle Step 3

Repeat using 4 light squares and 4 dark patterned squares to get 8 dark half-triangles.

The second element is called the split quarter square triangle block (SQST). First you need to make half-triangles as described above using 2 light solid squares measuring 5" x 5" and 2 dark patterned squares measuring 5" x 5". The finished half-triangles will be 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".

Split Quarter Square Triangle (SQST) Block Step 1

Take each of the half-triangle squares, and place it on top of a 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" light patterned square, face-to-face. Align all edges. Draw a line from one corner of the square to the opposite one, making sure to bisect each of the two fabrics. Stitch a scant 1/4" on each side of the line.

Split Quarter Square Triangle (SQST) Block Step 2

Press the block and cut along the line.

Split Quarter Square Triangle (SQST) Block Step 2

Open the new squares.

Split Quarter Square Triangle (SQST) Block Step 2

The third element is made in the same way as the second element. First, using the light 5" x 5" squares and the light pattered 5" x 5" squares, sew half-triangle squares measuring 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".

Then combine the new squares with the 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" dark patterned square to make SQST squares:

Mountain Ash Table Runner

Assembly of the Top:

The easiest way is to arrange all elements on a designer wall or table and then sew them together in columns. There are 12 columns with 4 elements in each column.

Mountain Ash Table Runner

Sew the columns to each other.

Mountain Ash Table Runner


Stabilize the top with a light-weight cut-away stabilizer, and make the embroidery of the Mountain Ash on the blocks.

Quilting and Finishing:

Now place the backing/lining on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins. We quilted around the embroidery and all over the quilt in a free-motion style. Remove the pins while quilting.

Press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Finish the raw edges with binding.

Your table runner is ready!


Happy Stitching!

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