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Quilt As You Go Table Runner

When a new season starts, I always want to add a little color or texture that coordinates with the season.  Pastels for spring, bright colors for summer, warm tones in the fall and cools in the winter.

Of course, sometimes my d├ęcor gets a little old or I'm tired of putting out the same decorations each year.  That is were this simple quilt as you go table runner project will come in handy.

quilt as you go table runner
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You can make one or 5 in a matter of minutes.  This one took me less than 30 minutes to sew.  That is fast!! The best part is, I went through my fabric stash and didn't have to purchase new material to make the project.  You can really use up some of those scrap pieces to get this project going.

You also don't need to be a professional quilter.  Believe me, I am not.  You'll see that my sewing lines aren't all perfect.  That isn't a big deal.  But the end result looks great and my table got a little color boost for the season.

Sew your own quilt as you go table runner to spruce up your home for each season.


I can see this table runner design being the perfect addition in the summer when I want some color on my kitchen table.

Once you understand the concept of quilting as you go, you can make any size project.  Maybe you want to make placemats for the fall or a small mug rug using this method.  You totally can!  Just sew up the base with your strips on top and cut any project down to the size you need.

Okay, let's jump right in to making the quilt as you go table runner.

VIDEO:  Quilt As You Go Table Runner 


How to Sew a Quilt As You Go Table Runner


Materials Needed

how to quilt as you go
Step 1
Place the base material with wrong side up on a flat surface.  Place batting over the base material.

Place one strip of fabric in the middle of the base/batting.  Place a second strip over the first with right sides together.  Stitch the two strips together, through all the layers, using a 1/4" seam allowance.





quilt as you go table runner
Step 2
Press open the first two strips.  Place the next strip over the second strip with right sides together.  Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press open and flat.







quilt as you go table runner
Step 3
Continue this process in Step 2 until you reach the end of the base layer.  Making sure to press well as you go.






quilt as you go table runner
Step 4
Once you've reached the end of one side.  Flip the table runner around and repeat Step 2-3 on the unfinished side of the table runner.  Sewing from the middle out.





quilt as you go table runner
Step 5
Once all the strips are sewn, press the table runner really well.





how to quilt as you go
Step 6
Trim the entire table runner down to 30" x 15".  Use a rotary cutter and self healing mat to cut nice and straight lines.






quilt as you go table runner
Step 7
Take the bias tape you made or purchased.  To create bias tape check out our How to Make Bias Tape post.  You'll want 2.5" wide bias tape.






quilt as you go table runner
Step 8
Start by placing the bias tape in the center of on of the long raw edges.  Stitch the bias tape at 1/4" along the straight edge.  Stop sewing just before the corner of the table runner.





quilt as you go table runner
Step 9
Miter the corner of the table runner by pulling the bias tape up to make a triangle.





quilt as you go table runner
Step 10
Fold the bias tape down over that triangle.  Stitch starting at the top of the fold.

Need help to better understand mitering?  Check out our How to Miter Corners video





how to quilt as you go
Step 11
Stop sewing an inch or two before you reach the beginning of the bias tape.  Match the two ends until they meet perfectly.  Pin.  Stitch the two ends together.

Cut the extra bias tape off and press.






quilt as you go table runner
Step 12
Press all the bias tape towards the wrong side of the table runner and fold to the back.  Hand stitch or machine stitch the bias tape down to the table runner.

Press.



quilt as you go table runner

That's it!  Look at that quilt as you go table runner.  Doesn't it look so nice?  I am always amazed at how fast using the quilt as you go method goes.  You can have a table runner, mug rug, etc. in no time at all.




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