Nancy Zieman’s Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge 2015

Nancy Zieman's Fall Table Runner Challenge 2015 Badge

Nancy Zieman’s Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge 2015

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Nancy Zieman's Fall Table Runner Challenge 2015 BadgeYou are invited to participate in my 2015 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge. Sew a fall table runner to showcase your sewing and quilting talents and post an entry below. Table runner entries may feature any fall occasion, color palette, or size that fits on a kitchen or dining room table—use your imagination! Enter up to four different table runners that have been sewn within the last year. You could be a prize winner!

Nancy Zieman’s Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge Guidelines

  • Select or create your design. All sewing, quilting, serging, machine embroidery, and embellishment techniques are eligible.
  • Grab our Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge blog badge to let your friends know about this exciting sewing challenge.
  • Share your progress and projects on your social media sites using the hashtag: #NZTableRunner2015
  • Upload your photo(s) by September 14, 2015.

How to Enter

Enter the Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge by adding a photo or photos in the link listed below. It’s easy! Use the link tool below and click the “add link” button. Your entry will appear directly in the gallery. (Once button is clicked—it may appear as a workable link).

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If you have a website, copy the code above and paste it into your website editor to have the Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge badge on your site. Or, add the link to your social sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, or Facebook. Let all your friends know you are working on the Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge by tagging your post with the hashtag:   #NZTableRunner2015

Inspiration: Box Quilt Block Table Runner 

I’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.

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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.

Note from Nancy: 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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  • Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut along the marked line.

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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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A Total of $1000 in Prizes for the top vote contenders:

  • Top Ten Winners:  F+W Media will provide a copy of 50 Fat Quarter Makes, a $250 value


  • First Place: Bundle of Nancy Zieman Products and Notions from Clover, a $200 value
  • Second Place: Create With Nancy Five Book Collection, valued at $177.94
Create With Nancy Prize Package for Nancy Zieman's Table Runner Challenge
  • Third Place: Quilter’s Package from June Tailor, a $107 value
  • Fourth Place: Pellon Bundle Package, a $105 value
  • Fifth Place: Autumn Array Cotona Thread Pack from Madeira, a $76 value



  • Sixth Place: Nancy’s Notions Tool and Notion Bundle, a $63 value

Quilting Creations International Prize Bundle for Nancy Zieman's Fall Table Runner Challenge


Enter the Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge by adding a photo or photos in the link listed above. It’s easy! Use the above link tool and click the “add link” button. Your entry will appear directly in the gallery. (Once button is clicked—it may appear as a workable link).

Plus share your comments below about the Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge and let us know if you plan to join!

Get Stitching!

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Email challenge questions to [email protected]. Challenge not open to sponsors, employees, and immediate family members. Photos and techniques may be featured in future promotions, blog posts, videos, and/or TV shows.
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  • Jeanne Evans
    August 8, 2015

    Yes I am going to be in the challenge. This will be a new experience for me! Thank you for the opportunity to join in the fun.

  • peaceful
    August 8, 2015

    This is a fun challenge. Alas, my sewing room is packed, waiting for our new home.
    It will be fun checking out the entries. The prizes are great.

  • Brenda Ackerman
    August 8, 2015

    Count me in!! I even figured out through trial and error how to add the link button on my side bar of my blog. LOL at myself, but feels great to learn something new. I am really excited about doing this Challenge. It has been awhile since I made a table runner, yet they are always fun projects. Thank you for having this challenge and for all of the wonderful prizes! I hope that you have a wonderful creative day!

  • Brenda Ackerman
    August 8, 2015

    Count me in! It took me awhile to get the link on my blog ( I am just learning how to do so many things on my blog) and it felt great to learn something new. I have not made a table runner in quite some time, but they are such fun projects it will be delightful to choose the fabrics and pattern choices. Thank you for having this challenge and for all of the magnificent prizes! As soon as I get one completed I will post a photo (that is going to be a learning process also). I hope that you have a wonderful creative day!

  • pat crocker
    August 8, 2015

    I am in! I am not how to get my pics online but I will give it a try. I don’t have a blog but I will learn how to do this. Thanks pat

  • Lorij
    August 10, 2015

    I’m going to try and enter. This will be my first table runner. The prizes are great.
    I hope you are continuing to improve.
    Blessings, Lorij

  • Nancy Taylor
    August 20, 2015

    I would like to add the Florida bag to my Hobo bag & Trace & Create bag assortment. I have made several of both kits and get a lot of compliments.
    Thank you.
    Nancy Taylor

  • Evelyn Byrne
    September 2, 2015

    I would love that curved tool for circular sewing , I will have to look for it when I go to Florida next year ,It is so neat

  • Diane Fogel
    September 22, 2015

    I missed this challenge, but everyone did a fantastic job! There are so many beautiful table runners shown here. Everyone should be proud of the table runner they made!
    Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic job!

  • Juanita Brown
    October 15, 2015

    All I can say is WOW! What great prizes! I would be grateful for anything! The new stitch-seem tool looks interesting!

    Thanks for all the great sewing education, it has helped me tremendously……I’m NO longer just a beginner thanks to Miss Nancy!

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