Box Quilt Block – Table Runner Spotlight

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Box Quilt Block – Table Runner Spotlight

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Box Quilt Block Table Runner 

We’d like to share a quilt block pattern that’s ideal for a table runner. Featured is the Box Quilt Block, which dates back to 1898, each 12-1/2″ block is made with eight half-square triangles and a center square. This pattern is included in the No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks, a quilt block sampler pattern book. Streamline the piecing process by  using the No-Hassle Triangle tool.

Supplies, Notions, Fabric

  • No-Hassle Triangle Tool
  • Quilting thread
  • Assorted fabrics/fat quarters
  • Batting to measure 4″ larger than the finished runner, in length and width
  • Backing fabric to measure 4″ larger than the finished runner, in length and width
  • Binding fabric

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Each block requires:

  • One square 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ (center)
  • Four squares 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″ (background)
  • Four squares 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″ (solid)
  • Press the fabric. Use June Tailor’s Quilter’s Starch to stabilize the fabrics.

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In our sewing studio we always spray the fabric with Quilter’s Starch before cutting quilting strips or shapes, then press. This simple step gives the fabric crispness that translates into more accurate cutting results.


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  • Use a cardboard template measuring 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ to fussy cut a design from the print to showcase a particular motif in the focus fabric.

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  • Cut the solid and background fabrics into strips, 4-7/8″ wide. Each block will require four solid squares and four background squares.
  • Layer the solid and background strips to rotary cut 4-7/8″ squares.

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  •  Stitch  1/4″ on each side of the marked centerline.

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  • Chain piece shapes, sewing all the right sides, then sew left sides.


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  • Cut apart.

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  • Press seam allowance towards the darker fabric.

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  • Create eight pairs.

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  • Lay out Box Quilt block following the layout.

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  • Join squares to form a block, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Place squares from the first column onto the second column, right sides together; stitch.

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  • Place squares from column three onto stitched sections and join with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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  • Press seams open.

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  • Join rows.

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  • Make and join three or more blocks to create the table runner.

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  • Add an inner border—cut fabric strips 1″ wide. Add an outer border—cut fabric strips 2-1/2″ wide. 
  • Create and add 2-1/2″ half-square triangles at all four corners. 
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2019 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge Hosted by Nancy Zieman Productions

Enter the Nancy Zieman Productions 2019 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge!

Join the 2019 NZP Table Runner Sewing Challenge by stitching a table runner and showcasing your sewing and quilting talents. Table runner entries may be any color palette, feature any sewing, quilting, or machine embroidery techniques, and must be a size that fits on a kitchen or dining table—use your imagination! Find challenge details in the October 1st NZP Blog Posting.


Nancy Zieman Productions I Sew For Fun Kids' Sewing Challenge Badge 2019

All youth, age 15 and under, are invited to participate in the NEW! 2019 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge! Enter the challenge by purchasing the Official 2019 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge Cinch Sack Kit, at the NEW! NZP Shop. Quantities are limited! Find challenge details in the September 24th NZP Blog Posting.


Show us What You’re Making! We love to hear from you, so whether youve tried one of Nancy’s Sewing Patterns, or youre planning on stitching a project you’ve seen on Sewing With Nancy or on The Nancy Zieman Productions Blog, share your experiences and photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!


Happy Sewing!

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions. LLC.



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  • DebbieW
    September 25, 2018

    So pretty, love the fussy-cut fabric.

  • Dolores Labandeira
    September 25, 2018

    I admired Nancy so much. I always feel like so good watching her.videos. she was such an inspiration to me. I liked her can do mantra.

  • Susan
    September 25, 2018

    Great ideas! Table runners can add a needed jolt of color and design.

  • Cynthia D.
    October 2, 2018

    Love, love Nancy and her video teachings. I would like to try the snowflake table runner. All the best!

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