No-Hassle Triangles Summer Table Runner Tutorial

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No-Hassle Triangles Summer Table Runner Tutorial

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Make an easy-to-sew table runner (or wall hanging!) with a few fabric rectangles, half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, and Team NZP’s FREE! No-Hassles Triangles Table Runner Sewing Tutural – below. With our step-by-step directions, and timesaving notions, we’re confident you’ll add the No-Hassle Triangles Table Runner to your stitching projects to-do list.

Made in the same style as the quilt projects featured in Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts, the triangle blocks and column strips(fabric rectangles) make for a fast, easy, and no-hassle assembly of this 21″ x 56-1/2″ table topper.

Notions, Fabrics, and Supplies:

Cutting Directions:

Green Fabric:

  • Cut one 21″ crosswise strip (backing).
  • Cut one 10″ crosswise strip (backing).
  • Cut one 5-1/4″ crosswise strip  (triangles).
  • Cut one 4-7/8″ crosswise strip (triangles).
  • Cut six 4-1/2″ crosswise strips (background).

Subcut the following  from the six green 4-1/2″ background strips:

  • Subcut four 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ squares.
  • Subcut ten 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ rectangles.
  • Subcut two 4-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ rectangles.
  • Subcut four  4-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ rectangles.
  • Subcut one  4-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ rectangles.

See green fabric Cutting Diagram Below:


Navy Blue Fabric:

  • Cut one 4-7/8″ crosswise strip (triangles).
  • Cut one  5-1/4″ crosswise strip (triangles).
  • Cut four  2-1/2″ crosswise strips (binding).

First Step, Building the Half-Square Triangle Units



  • Set theNo-Hassle Triangles Gauge to 4-1/2″ block size on the left side of the gauge.  The left side notes Half-Square Triangle sizes. The gauge tells you what size blocks to cut, 4-7/8″.

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  • Cut 4-7/8″ crosswise strips of green and blue. Layer a 4-7/8″ green strip on a 4-7/8″  blue strip and cut six square pairs, measuring 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″.



  • Use a 1/4″ presser foot as a guide to stitch 1/4″ from the right and the left sides of the marked line.


  • Chain piece these half-square triangle shapes. Stitch one set of squares right after another. After creating a long “chain,” simply clip the threads to separate the units.



  • Take the stitched units to the rotary cutting mat and cut the two halves apart along the marked line.
  • Open and press the seam allowances to the darker blue side.

Second, Create the Six Quarter-Square Triangle Units

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  • Set the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to 4-1/2″ block size on the right side of the gauge.  The right side notes Quarter-Square Triangle sizes. The gauge tells you what size blocks to cut, 5-1/4″.
  • Cut 5-1/4″ crosswise strips of green and blue. Layer a 5-1/4″ green strip on a 5-1/4″ blue strip and cut square pairs, measuring 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Place a blue and green square under the gauge and mark the diagonal line.
  • Stitch 1/4″ from the marked line, following the guidelines for the Half-Square Triangle Units, in the first step, above. Cut the units apart and press. These blocks should measure 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″.
  • Lay one Half-Square Triangle block on another, matching right sides. It is important that the diagonal lines lock. You’ll feel this “lock” as the seams meet.


  • Set the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to 4-1/2″ on the left side of the gauge.
  • Mark a diagonal line, perpendicular to the seamline.

  • Use a 1/4″  presser foot as a guide to stitch 1/4″ from the right and left sides of the marked line.


  • Chain piece the three units, stitching one right after another.
  • Use rotary cutting tools to cut the units apart.
  • Press the Quarter-Square Triangle Units.

Third, Arrange the Table Runner Rows

  • Arrange the table runner into rows as detailed below.
  • Stitch the pieces using 1/4″ seam allowances.

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  • Assemble the runner by joining the rows to each other, using 1/4″ seam allowances.
  • Press the row seam allowances in one direction.


After all five rows are stitched, the No-Hassle Triangles Table Runner top is complete.

Create the Backing

Cut the backing piece measuring 10″ x 42″ into two pieces measuring 10″ x 21″ each. Use those two pieces and the larger piece, 21″ x 42″ to assemble the table runner back as described below, using  1/4″ seam allowances.


 Quilt and Finish the No-Hassle Triangles Table Runner


  • Layer the quilt backing, seam-side-up, the Pellon Fleece Batting, and the table runner quilt top–to create a quilt sandwich. Pin.
  • Machine quilt the table runner layers together with straight line machine quilt the table runner with The Ultimate Quilt ‘n Stitch Presser Foot.

The Ultimate Quilt ‘n Stitch Presser Foot by Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC for Clover

New! The Ultimate Quilt ‘n Stitch Presser Foot designed by Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC for Clover! An all-new presser foot with a built in stitch alignment ruler for guiding rows of parallel stitching. The New! Ultimate Quilt ‘n Stitch Presser Foot is ideal for parallel-line straight stitching, topstitching, and straight-line machine quilting! Premiering today at the NZP Blog!

  • Trim away excess batting and backing fabric.
  • Join the 2-1/2″ crosswise strips of  blue binding fabric, end-to-end, using 1/4″ seam allowances.
  • Press the binding strip in half, lengthwise.
  • Bind the table runner, using your favorite technique. Or, use Nancy Zieman’s Easy quilt binding instructions.

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

Watch Sewing With Nancy online at

Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks - Part 2 on Sewing With Nancy

Tune in and watch Nancy demonstrate how to make Half-Square Triangles and Quarter-Square Triangles.


Nancys Giveaway 5 131

Please share a comment below, and let us know about your next quilting project, for a chance to be the random winner of a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge from Clover.


Giveaway Winner 5 131

The randomly selected winner of a NEW! I Sew For Fun  5-in-1 Sliding Gauge  from Clover, is Hannah W.

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Her comment is: What a fun crayon quilt! My daughter and I are still in the midst of her doll quilt project. She also has a needlepoint project going…

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.


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Happy Quilting!

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  • Ennis A Weeks
    September 14, 2019

    I’m working on my first ever Quilt top. So I’m sure the Triangle Gauge would be a great help!!! Thanks.

  • Lorna DeSantis
    September 14, 2019

    My next project is a set of placemats.

  • Sharon
    September 14, 2019

    Finish hanging I’m working on and then do a larger quilt.

  • Nancy Lewis
    September 14, 2019

    I really need this triangle gauge. I struggle with half square triangles and am making a quilt that has lots in it. Thanks for the great tutorial on the table runner.

  • Joyce
    September 14, 2019

    My next quilting project I want to make is a table runner for my coffee table.

  • P. Donaldson
    September 14, 2019

    I have purple and lime green material which I will use for this,

  • Rita Skraba
    September 14, 2019

    My next quilting project is a baby quilt for my newest great niece.

  • Clovis
    September 14, 2019

    I have some scrappy blocks that I want to piece together for a bed quilt.

  • Susan Spiers
    September 14, 2019

    I’m thinking about making a house block quilt, with the right fabric, this can be so much fun!

  • Eva Osmun
    September 14, 2019

    This is an awesome tool! Thanks for the wallhanging instructions. I’ve been looking for one that my daughter would like. This is it!

  • Betty Manoulian
    September 14, 2019

    I’ve had this tool for a long time and it has proved to be invaluable and it has given me 100% confidence when marking fabric.

  • Martha O.
    September 14, 2019

    Finishing a challenge quilt (1 fabric provided by guild) with a mythical animal.

  • Patti Z.
    September 14, 2019

    My next project is a table runner for my sister. It has triangles in it, so this tool would be a great help to me, as I struggle to get them accurate. Thanks!

  • Dixie
    September 14, 2019

    I am working on a large quilt that I need to finish for my daughters birthday.

  • Hannah W
    September 14, 2019

    I have a Christmas quilt next in my sewing queue

  • Shirley Clark
    September 14, 2019

    I love this tutorial! Now I understand the use for the ruler.

  • Laura M
    September 14, 2019

    Great tutorial for the ruler which has always fascinated me. My next project is an eye-spy quilt with a star motif.

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    September 14, 2019

    Triangle Gauge would be a great help as would the Ultimate Quilt and Stitch Pressure foot if it fit my machine. I am working on a number of quilts and any could only be improved by more accurate measuring and quilting aides. Many quilting styles are always being used in ALL my sewing projects. Yes I know the pressure foot is not in your drawing…. Just wishing it was since straighter quilting lines would make for more balanced finished quilts. Thank you team Nancy Zieman.

  • Teri
    September 14, 2019

    My next project is a quilt for my grandson incorporating some of his favorite super heroes.

  • Barb K
    September 14, 2019

    I am doing a mystery quilt which has a lot of Flying Geese–that ruler would be a great helper!

  • Janet
    September 14, 2019

    I am trying to plan a winter table runner with trees and snow. I must keep it simple so that I will finish it.

  • Carolyn T
    September 14, 2019

    I plan to make a springtime table runner for a game prize. Party is in December.

  • Cindy
    September 14, 2019

    I am planning a sofa quilt for a friend who helped me when I really needed it..

  • Cynthia T
    September 14, 2019

    I am working on my “Over The River and Through The Woods” Quilt. I’m excited that I completed all the hand embroidery and am ready to sew it all together. Yay!

  • Bonnye
    September 14, 2019

    Starting to work on some Christmas gifts.

  • Jean G-B
    September 14, 2019

    I’ve been shopping in my closet lately and just came up with some hand dyed solids and a free pattern on the internet, Couldn’t be better!

  • Lorraine Alves
    September 14, 2019

    I will be working on a pumpkin table runner for the autumn holidays. I enjoy learning from the tutorials provided by Sewing With Nancy and from the original shows.

  • Diane Putzer
    September 14, 2019

    I’m working on a baby quilt for my son and his wife.

  • Leslie Marling
    September 14, 2019

    I am currently working on a fall wall hanging, then I need to bind a king size quilt that I tied last week. I will go back to baby quilts and then to Christmas gifts. So many projects, so little time!

  • Jennifer Fried
    September 15, 2019

    My next project will be making seatbelt buffers for your neck. These are easy to make and protect your neck from the sharp edge of the seatbelt. I am making them for family and friends for Christmas. Love to sew ! The Old sew n sew.

    September 16, 2019

    I am working on an embroidered baby quilt for my great-grandson who will be one in October. I would love to win the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge from Clover as I think it would improve my triangles so they would be perfect for any quilt I would want to make. Just love this site and PBS TV for showing me Nancy to help me to learn to sew BETTER!!!

  • Anita P.
    September 16, 2019

    Could have a lot of fun making the table runner. Would love to try the tool. Would be a big help in designing baby blankets for the grandbabies.

  • Anita P.
    September 16, 2019

    My current project is a baby quilt featuring airplanes. Then I will go back to the finish the fish motif wall hangings for my husband that I started before the grandbabies showed up this year.

  • Susan
    September 16, 2019

    Currently working on a wallhanging for Thanksgiving. Not sure which family member will get the turkey!

  • Donna Fecteau
    September 16, 2019

    My next quilting project is a baby quilt. They are always my favorite thing to make.

  • beth d.
    September 16, 2019

    I am working on a mystery quilt for my quilt group. Could use that gauge.

  • Julie Kill
    September 16, 2019

    I’ve been working with Hexagons that I’ve designed and pieced lately, but my next quilt will be a Native American theme with the bold geometric triangles and squares. ( Inspired by the quilt kits from Nancy’s Notions- Call of the Wild, 4 Corners Brown and Prairie Thunder) Thank you for continuing to make it easier to create!

  • Julie Kill
    September 16, 2019

    My last quilt was a pieced hexagon project that I designed. The next quilt will be a Native American themed quilt with the bold geometric shapes. This quilt will be inspired by the following quilt kits from Nancy’s Notions: “Call of the wild Oak Border” kit; The ” Prairie Thunder ” quilt kit borders; and the “Four Corners Brown Quilt” top kit. THANK YOU for continuing to make sewing easier for everyone!

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    September 17, 2019

    I would like to start a Christmas table runner.

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