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Celtic Spiral Table Runner
This eclectic table runner features designs from the Celtic Spiral Set.
There are a lot of different quilting elements, but the top is actually quite easy to piece.

Quilted Tablerunner with Celtic embroidery

You will need :
  • embroidery threads in either polyester or rayon; the choice of colors is yours; we used jewel tones
  • 2 yards of black fabric for the top, backing and binding,
  • scraps of cotton fabrics in colors matching the embroidery,
  • light-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • batting, preferably of black color,
  • iron,
  • rotary cutter, quiltes ruler, quilting threads (black and of matching the colored scraps hues).
The table runner consists of 3 long strips, 6 embroidered blocks and 12 pieced blocks of 6 types. Each pieced block repeats twice.
Embroidery
On the black fabric, embroider the designs from the Celtic Spiral Set
Trim each stitch-out to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square.

Cutting and Assembly of the Blocks
Note 1: We give cutting quantities for 1 block. You'll need 2 blocks of each kind. Seam allowance is 1/4". Press every seam immediately after you make it. Try to press towards the darker fabric.

Note 2: For easier cutting, out of black fabric, cut several strips 1 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric. Precut the colored scraps into 1 1/2" wide strips. The longest color strip is 5 1/2".
Block #1
For this block, out of black fabric, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 5 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 3 1/2".
Out of colored scraps, cut 3 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 3 1/2".
Sew one 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" black strip to a colored one.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner

Sew the remaining 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" black strips between 2 colored strips.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew both units together as shown on the picture below.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew the black 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Block #2
For this block, out of black fabric, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 5 1/2",
  • one strip measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" and
  • a square measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Out of colored scraps, cut
  • a strip measuring 1 1/2" x 5 1/2",
  • a strip measuring 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" and
  • a strip measuring 1 1/2" x 3 1/2".
Sew the black square to the 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" color strip.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew the black 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" strip to the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" color strip.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Assemble the block in the following order: color 5 1/2" strip - black 5 1/2" strip - color strip with black square - black 5 1/2" strip - remaining color-black strip.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Block #3
For this block, out of black fabric, cut
  • 3 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" and
  • 3 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Out of colored scraps, cut
  • a strip measuring 5 1/2" and
  • 2 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Sew all 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares into a strip alternating black and color squares. Start and finish with the black ones.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew all strips into a block in the following order: black - color strip - black - multi-colored square strip - black.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Block #4
For this block, out of black fabric, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 5 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2",
  • 3 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Out of colored scraps, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" and
  • 2 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Sew all squares into a strip, alternating color and black squares, start and finish with a black one.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew the 2 1/2" black strips to the 3 1/2" colored strips.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Assemble all strip into the block as shown on the picture below: color-black strip - black - color-black strip - black - multi-colored square strip.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Block #5
For this block, out of black fabric, cut the following strips:
  • 2 strips 1 1/2" x 4 1/2",
  • 2 strips 1 1/2" x 3 1/2",
  • 2 strips 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" and
  • 2 squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Out of colored scraps, cut 5 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".

Sew colored squares to both 4 1/2" black strips to get 2 strips.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew colored squares between a black square and 3 1/2" strip. Make 2 such strips.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew the last colored square between the 2 black 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" strips.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Assemble the strips into a block as shown:
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Block #6
For this block, out of black fabric, cut
  • 1 strip measuring 1 1/2" x 5 1/2",
  • 3 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2",
  • 1 strip measuring 1 1/2" x 4 1/2",
  • 1 strip measuring 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" and
  • a 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square.
Out of colored scraps, cut
  • a strip measuring 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" and
  • 3 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".

Sew the colored 3 1/2" strip to the black 2 1/2" one.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew a colored square to the 4 1/2" black strip.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew a colored square between 2 black 2 1/2" strips.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew a colored square between the black square and black 3 1/2" strip.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Assemble the strips into a block as shown:
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sashing, Borders and Binding:
For the sashing, cut a black strip measuring 3 1/2" x 45".
For the borders, cut 2 black strips measuring 4" x 45" and 2 strips measuring 4" x 21"?
For the binding, cut 4 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.
Use the remaining fabric for the backing.
Assembly of the Top:
Lay out 3 embroidered and 6 pieced blocks in the following order: embroidered block - 2 pieced blocks - embroidered block - 2 pieced blocks - embroidered block - 2 pieced blocks. Feel free to use the pieced blocks in any order you like.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew the parts together.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Make another strip with the remaining blocks in the same order. You do not need to use the pieced blocks in the same way as you used them in the first strip. Feel free to use them in the order you like.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew the first strip to the upper edge of the 3" wide black strip.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Turn the second strip upside down and sew it to the lower edge of the black strip.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew the 4" x 45" black strips to the long edges of the working piece.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Sew the 4" x 21" strips to the short ends of the working piece.
Celtic Spiral Table Runner
Quilting and Finishing:
Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all layers together.

We quilted in a free-motion style all over the wall quilt.
Quilted Tablerunner with Celtic embroidery. Detail

Press with heavy steam. Square the quilt. Finish the raw edges with the binding.
Quilted Tablerunner with Celtic embroidery. Detail

Quilted Tablerunner with Celtic embroidery. Detail

Quilted Tablerunner with Celtic embroidery. Detail.

Quilted Tablerunner with Celtic embroidery. Detail.

Quilted Tablerunner with Celtic embroidery

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