Box Quilt Block – Table Runner Spotlight
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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chain piece shapes, sewing all the right sides, then sew left sides.
- Cut apart.
- Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut along the marked line.
- Press seam allowance towards the darker fabric.
- Create eight pairs.
- Lay out Box Quilt block following the layout.
- 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.
- Place squares from column three onto stitched sections and join with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Press seams open.
- Join rows.
- Make and join three or more blocks to create the table runner.
- 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.
- Use the stitch in the ditch quilting technique demonstrated in the Fearless Quilting Finishes episode of Sewing With Nancy, or find that technique in Nancy’s book, Fearless Quilting Finishes.
- Bind with coordinating fabric.
Enter the Nancy Zieman Productions 2019 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge!
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.
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