Quilted Table Runner ft. Garden Tile Block

Quilted Table Runner ft. Garden Tile Block

By: Wendy Chow

It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of February already, and the signs of spring around the corner have begun – longer hours of daylight, birds calling, pops of color blooming. To bring some of the best things about spring into your home, Wendy Chow of The Weekend Quilter, has put together a table runner tutorial in this blog post using her latest quilt block pattern, Garden Tile. The block is a FREE download from her website. The Garden Tile quilt block is derived from the traditional spool quilt block, and is arranged to form a star in a cross design. Collectively, the blocks are inspired by repeating painted garden tiles.

Throughout March 2022, National Quilting Month, The Weekend Quilter will be sharing a series of three blog posts on fabric.com. Each post shows different variations of the Garden Tile quilt block and how to incorporate it into other smaller quilted projects including, a table runner, throw cushion and tote bag. Follow fabric.com and The Weekend Quilter on Instagram and subscribe to their newsletters for the latest updates on the different applications.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the quilty fun!

**Be sure to read through all the directions before you start. Sew all right sides together with ¼" seam allowance, unless specified.

Table Runner Size

Finished project measures – 12" x 60"

Skill Level

Advanced Beginner

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Fabric Requirements

Fabric quantities are based on 42" WOF (width of fabric). All fabrics in the project are by Art Gallery Fabrics and available from fabric.com.

Fabric A Vert Fusion, Venture Vert ⅝ yard (58 cm)
Fabric B Boscage, Jungle Berries ⅝ yard (58 cm)
Fabric C Deco stitch, Coral Rose ¼ yard (23 cm) or 1 FQ*
Fabric D Velvet, Ink Vert ¼ yard (23 cm) or 1 FQ*
Fabric E: Backing Fabric Lilliput, Ferngully Peach 1⅛ yards (103 cm)
Fabric F: Binding Fabric Open Heart, Reflections Verdant ⅜ yard (35 cm)


*A fat quarter (FQ) is a quarter of a yard of fabric that measures approximately 18" x 21". It is made by cutting a yard of fabric in half lengthwise and vertically.

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Other Tools and Materials Required

  • Basic sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilting rulers – preferably in 6" x 24", 12" x 6" and at least one with 45-degree angle mark.
  • Cutting mat
  • Fabric scissors
  • Batting – There needs to be at least 4" overhang on each side of the table runner top. Thereby the minimum wadding requirement required for the project is 20" x 68" rectangle (12" x 60" table runner finished size).
  • Sewing pins
  • Coordinating thread, 50wt cotton – for piecing squares and rectangles together and decorative quilting stitches.
  • Iron
  • Basting spray (if spray basting) or safety pins (if pin basting)
  • Hera marker or blunt butter knife
  • Walking foot or dual feed dog (optional)
  • Machine-washable fabric pen or pencil
  • The Weekend Quilter’s Garden Tile quilt block pattern - download for FREE here.

Cutting Directions

In addition to cutting fabrics for five Garden Tile quilt blocks (download the block pattern here), you will also need to cut the following fabric quantities.

Fabric D Velvet, Ink Vert 20 squares, 1½"
Fabric E: Backing Fabric Lilliput, Ferngully Peach 2 strips, 20" x WOF:
  • Sew together 2 Fabric E 20" x WOF rectangles widthwise, with a ½" seam allowance* and trim to create 1 Fabric D 20" x 68" rectangle.
Fabric F: Binding Fabric Open Heart, Reflections Verdant 4 strips, 2½" x WOF

*Increase seam allowance from ¼" to ½" and press the seams open when piecing 2 Fabric E 20" x WOF rectangles (refer to photo below). Incorporating these two steps in preparing your table runner backing fabric will reduce seam bulk and strengthen the table runner back long-term.

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Table Runner Top Assembly

Step 1

Download The Weekend Quilter’s Garden Tile quilt block for FREE here.

Step 2

Create a total of 5 Garden Tile quilt blocks. Set blocks aside for Step 4.

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Step 3

On the wrong side of 20 Fabric D 1½" squares draw a diagonal guideline.

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Step 4

As shown in the example, with right sides together and noting the orientation of each marked Fabric D 1½" square (refer to the blue lines in the photo), place 1 square at each corner of 1 Garden Tile quilt block.

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Step 5

Sew on all the marked guidelines.

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Step 6

Trim a ¼" seam allowance to the outside of all the sewn lines. Press the seams open or to the dark side to complete Garden Tile quilt block for table runner.

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Step 7

Repeat steps 4-6 on all 5 Garden Tile quilt blocks.

Step 8

Layout 1 row of 5 Garden Tile quilt blocks. Sew the blocks right sides together to create Table Runner Top. Press the seams open or to the dark side as you go.

Basting and Quilting

Step 1:

Place Fabric E (Quilt Back) right side down on your basting surface, followed by batting and Table Runner Top wrong side touching the batting. Spray or pin baste three layers together, and quilt as desired.

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Step 2

Trim off excess batting and Fabric E (Quilt Back), and square up table runner. Squared up table runner should measure 12½" x 60½".

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Binding

Step 1

Join all the binding strips with diagonal seams to form one long binding strip. Press the seams open to reduce seam bulk.

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Step 2

Fold the binding in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press.

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Step 3

Line up raw edges of binding with table runner. Sew ¼" away from the raw edge.

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Step 4

Fold binding over to the other side of the table runner. Machine or whipstitch the binding to complete the table runner.

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Share your progress and completed table runner on social media by tagging: #gardentiletablerunner #theweekendquilter @the.weekendquilter

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About the Author:

Wendy Chow is an Aussie modern quilter and designer based in New York City. The founder of The Weekend Quilter and author of Urban Quilting, she aims to bring a timeless and fresh perspective to one of the oldest forms of needlework with her bold and distinct modern quilt designs.

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