Today I’ll show you how to use 2 Banyan Batik fat quarters to make some modern nine patch blocks for a small table runner. You’ll be using some improvisational techniques, but don’t let that scare you off! Sometimes it’s fun to just “play” with the fabric and see what happens.
For my blocks, I chose 2 fat quarters from the Visual Sound collection in the Pink/Orange colorway.
Here’s how you can make your own version of this table runner.
Stack 2 coordinating Banyan Batiks fat quarters, one on top of the other, right sides up. Press the 2 fat quarters together. Pressing makes it easier to cut through the layers.
Cutting through both layers, and using slightly angled cuts, cut the fat quarters into 9 random pieces.
Re-arrange the pieces so you have 2 different nine patch blocks.
Sew the pieces together to finish the nine patch blocks. Don’t worry if the outside edges are uneven. They’ll be trimmed later.
Stack the 2 blocks, one on top of the other, right sides up and press.
Then cut through both layers to make 4 equal sections from each block.
Re-arrange the sections again. There are many different arrangements that can be made. Play with the blocks, trying the sections in different arrangements, until you find something you like. Then sew the blocks together and you’ll have your own unique, modern design.
Trim the outside edges as needed to square everything up. The size will be approximately 16″ x 41″.
I’ll quilt and bind this piece and use it for a table topper or runner. I’ll use a fat quarter of Ketan #522 (Sunburst) for the binding
You could also add some borders to make a larger quilt. The choice is yours when you are using improvisational techniques. Have fun with these new Banyan Batik fabrics from Northcott!
Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to use 9 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks Feathers collection in the Mandarin Teal colorway to make another modern quilt design.