Wednesday, March 7, 2012

It's a month of runners....and Pauline and her hens are a pecking...

Thank you Madame Samm for inviting me back.

I'm Pauline, I live in Canton Michigan and 
blog at QuiltnQueen.
I've never been a talkative one or a social butterfly in a crowd
and at times it is pretty quiet on my blog.
 I do love reading your blogs, 
blogging and sharing my quilting projects with all of you!!!
♥    ♥    ♥    
Today I'm going to share a 'quilt as you go'  tutorial for
a table runner....it is quick and easy!
If you are not a fan of 'quilt as you go' quilting method,
this runner can be made....using the same measurements
in the traditional manner...
piece, sandwich, and quilt...(o: 
Let's begin.....
I will be using the following fabrics to make the 13" x 36.5" table runner...

Quilt as you go.....fabric choices

Helpful tips:
  • a walking foot will be your best friend for this project
  • set stitch length at 2.8 - 3.0, you don't want it too small just in case you have to do the unthinkable....... unstitch.
  • I did not baste the batting and backing, you may want to if this is your first 'quilt as you go' project...just remember to keep the backing taunt, so you do not stitch in any 'little puckers'.
  • pin, pin, pin...I know a lot of you don't like to pin but it really does help
  • I used insul-brite instead of batting for this runner and it worked great.  I like the idea of being able to put hot dishes on the table and not have to worry about damaging the table...not that it doesn't have character marks already...because it does have lots....(o: 
Materials needed:
  • 4 - 5" x 5" squares of a focus fabric
  • 5 - 5" x 2.5" rectangles of coordinating fabric
  • 2 - 1.5" x wof (width of fabric) for inner border
  • 3 - 3.5" x wof for outer border
  • 16" - 18" x wof for backing
  • batting approximately the same size as your backing or slightly smaller
  • 3 - 2.5" x wof for binding....or 2.25" x wof for a narrower binding.
Lets get started....
  • Press your backing fabric and place right side down
  • Place batting on top of the wrong side of backing fabric
  • Determine the center of the batting/backing vertically and horizontally
  • Draw 2 lines 5" wide across the center point of the batting...that would be 2.5" above and 2.5" below the center point
  • Center one of the rectangles in the center of the 2 lines
Step 1

  • Stitch 1 focus  5" square to each side of the centered rectangle, flip square right side up before adding the second square to the rectangle, press the squares.
Step 3
  • Continue stitching the rectangles and squares together, press each block after stitching 
  • Use the 2 lines you marked as centering lines as a guide to keep the pieces centered
  • When adding each rectangle or square keep the backing taunt 
  • Pin, stitch, flip and press each rectangle or square......keeping them taunt also and check your backing before adding the next rectangle or square.
  • add even number of blocks and rectangles to each side of the center rectangle.
Step 4
  • you may find it easier to roll the sides of the runner as you sew...the red you see is actually the backing 
Step 6
  • to add the borders, measure the length of the of the top and bottom.  It should measure approximately 28.5".
  • stitch borders in place
Step 7
  • flip borders....right side up and press
Step 8
  • your back should look like this......you don't want any 'little puckers' so always check the stitching on the back before you add the next pieces
Step 9

  •  measure for the side inner borders, should be approximately 7",  pin, and keep the backing taunt
  • you are now ready to measure for the outer border, mine measured 30.5" and add them the same way you added the inner border......see all those pins....they help to eliminate the dreaded 'unstitching'.  Yes I had to unstitch, yes I did, a couple of times.  
Step 10
  • flip border and press
  • measure for side outer border and pin, pin, pin, stitch, flip and press
  • I pinned the outer edge and machine basted around the table runner before I squared it for the binding.
Step 12
  • I have not quilted the border, I still may add some straight line quilting or do a little free hand quilting in the border.
  • Apply your binding your usual way.  If you need help with binding I have a tutorial that you may find useful.   It was my first tutorial for Sew We Quilt. 
If you have never tried the 'quilt as you go method'
this is a small project the goes together quickly.
The runner looks like you quilted it using the 'stitch in the ditch' method.

'Quilt As You Go' runner

I stitched a second runner using the traditional method
'piece, sandwich and quilt'.
I stitched in the ditch and straight line quilted the outer border.

'Piece, sandwich, quilt' method

This is an easy runner that has potential for lots of creativity...
...you can vary the center with a single block measuring 28.5" x 5" of a focus fabric 
or you can use a light background fabric and 
stitch 4 small embroidery patterns in the 5" squares or 
stitch little appliques in the 5" squares or
use a single block and embroider or applique on a 28.5" x 5" light background fabric 
and use a print for the outer border.

Give it a try and if the 'quilt as you go' method is not for you
remember, you can always use the same measurements 
to make the table runner using the traditional quilting method 
....piecing, sandwich, quilt by hand or machine 

I hope you will give it a try.

 I would love for you to visit me at QuiltnQueen.

Are you into chickens??
I will be giving one of the table runners away on my blog.
Please come visit and leave me a comment.

Happy Stitching


  1. This would be a great method to use those orphan blocks - in the center - thank you for sharing a great tutorial.

  2. Wonderful tutorial from Pauline. Fantastic, as always!!!

  3. This is lovely!!! I would have never thought that it would look that good with those fabrics.


  4. All my daughter's friends are getting married at once and I wanted to give them a homemade gift. This is a great tutorial. Thank you.

  5. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial - I love chickens! Great fabric - thanks again!

  6. Hi Pauline you have out did yourself. This is a wonderful tutorial I especially like the QAYg method and will defiantly be giving this a try. I will post to you when I do...thanks again...

  7. What a wonderful tutorial - it may be just what I need to begin my new passion - quilting. Thank you. I love the fabrics.


  8. Wonderful runner and tutorial. This may be calling my name!

  9. QAYG is one of my favorite techniques - thank you for the detailed tutorial!

  10. I've made a few quilt as you go runners. They are quick and easy. Thanks for sharing your cute chicken one!

  11. great tutorial! thanks so much for sharing

  12. I think I have some fabric that would be perfect for Pauline. Thanks!

  13. Love those fabrics! The chickens and chicken wire is adorable.
    I'm a new quilter so haven't seen this method. Looks like something I would like to try....maybe on my next project....

    Thanks for a great tut!

  14. Great tut, Pauline. Think I'm finally going to give this method a try.

  15. Great tutorial! Thanks! Gives me inspiration to make one! And so easy to change the dimensions! Like a LONG one for a LONG table! Quick and easy! Thanks again!!

  16. I love doing the quilt-as-you-go method, but never have used it on a runner. Very cute runner! Thanks!

  17. Super!! Eine tolle Idee!!!

  18. Great tutorial for a quilt as you go table runner! Thanks!

  19. Great tutorial! Almost (almost) makes me want to cut into my chicken fabric collection...LOL...Thanks for sharing! Great job!

  20. I don't have chickens (we can't where we live) but I love your table runner. Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial.

  21. Good Morning Pauline...I am up with the hens but I had a few eggs in my path to get here this morning...lol
    LOVE this runner...and the wide border, love that...chicken wire, love that...ok, love it all

  22. You make it look so easy! I've been wanting to try quilt as you go, but I've never had the guts. I just may have to make myself one of these table runners.

  23. That is a new QAYG method for me. Very interesting and well explained...thank you. The chicken table runner is great.

  24. Love it, thank you for the tutorial!!!!

  25. I'm thinking this would make a great Christmas gift! Thanks so much, I've never done a quilt-as-you-go anything! xo, Nan

  26. Great runner! Thank you!
    I collect chicken fabric too!

  27. I love the fabrics you chose...this is such a good tutorial - I've wanted to try a QAYG project, but I didn't quite "get" it. Now I feel like I can try this! Thanks so much!

  28. My daughter loves chickens in her house. I will be trying your tutortial. Thanks

  29. What a fun runner and great tutorial!

  30. Love the chickens! Great tutorial, thank you!

  31. Pauline - QuiltnQueen... YES, you are!!! I love the color selections. They pop beautifully. I have been researching the QAYG method but needed the pictures in your tutorial to lay it out for me. Awesome job!! and THANK YOU for sharing!

  32. Interesting method! Thanks for the tutorial. And I love the fabrics you used. :)


  34. I adore your table runner and thank you sew very much for sharing your how-to. Blissful stitching...

  35. Great tutorial, easy to follow! I've not tried QAYG...yet. But I could do this! Thanks.

  36. Ohhh, I have to go hunting for these (or similar) fabrics! Thank you for the inspiration!

  37. Dang, Anonymous is actually me. For some reason, I got trigger happy and accidentally clicked "anonymous" a split second before "publish" was clicked. So sorry for that mistake!

  38. A fun runner...love the QAYG method! TFS~

  39. Love the runner and thanks for the tutorial!

  40. Thank you, Pauline! That looks like a great little project!

  41. Love the fabric and it makes me wish I could quilt. Thanks for the tutorial.


  42. Love the color choices very warm...my kind of colors! Good tutorial as well.
    Gmama Jane

  43. Thank you for a most helpful tutorial. I was just thinking about QAYG today and in a dilemma about how to approach it. Then, read your post!

  44. Thanks Pauline, I always love your tutorials! So easy to do and understand!

  45. what a great tutorial! I love this

  46. This was a perfect tutorial for some spring fabric I have and I am just about to finish my runner before the day is out! Yay!! thanks so much

  47. Beautiful table runner and now I will be trying QAYG something new to learn. Thanks.

  48. Great fabrics for the pattern!

  49. This is very weird, I have all of these fabrics in my stash... What are the odds??? ~ Lynda

  50. This is a great tutorial. Such a cute table runner. Thanks so much.

  51. Perfection. Excellent pictures, also.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  52. This would be a great project for last minute gift. Thanks for the great tutorial.
    My girlfriends hubby raises chickens and sells the eggs. If I won this..I might regift it to him. She is also a quilter.
    CathyC in Alberta

  53. Great runner! Love the cute fabric. I'd love to try the quilt as you go method. You are right, this runner would be a great size to learn on. Thanks for a great tutorial!

  54. Oh great runner I have just the fabric for it. Thanks

  55. This is such a fun method and I love the fabric. I'm anxious to try it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  56. I miss my chickens, the Homeowners Association won't let me have them even if they have names!

  57. Great tut and runner thanks for taking the time to post for all to see.

  58. This table runner looks so easy! Thanks for posting the instructions.

  59. What a great idea! I can see gifts with favorite themed fabrics for all the family this year! Thanks for the easy and clear instructions.

  60. Looking forward to seeing the different runners this month.Thanks for sharing.


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