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2 fat quarters for a modern table runner is all you need

 

Yesterday I introduced you to some of the wonderful new Banyan Batiks from Northcott. Have you chosen your favorite colorway?

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.

 

Table runner made from 2 fat quarters of Banyan Batiks
Table runner made from 2 fat quarters of Banyan Batiks

 

For my blocks, I chose 2 fat quarters from the Visual Sound collection in the Pink/Orange colorway.

 

2 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks Visual Sound collection
2 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks Visual Sound collection

 

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.

 

Cut through both layers to make 9 sections.
Cut through both layers to make 9 sections.

 

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.

 

2 different Nine Patch blocks from 2 fat quarters
2 different Nine Patch blocks from 2 fat quarters

 

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.

 

Cut through both Nine Patch blocks to make 4 equal sections.
Cut through both Nine Patch blocks to make 4 equal sections.

 

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.

 

Re-arrange the sections as desired.
Re-arrange the sections as desired.

 

 

Sew the blocks together to make the runner.
Sew the blocks together to make the runner.

 

Trim the outside edges as needed to square everything up. The size will be approximately 16″ x 41″.

 

Trim the outside edges as needed.
Trim the outside edges as needed.

 

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.

 

Another small quilt using 9 fat quarters of Banyan Batiks
Another small quilt using 9 fat quarters of Banyan Batiks

 

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Welcome to fat quarter-friendly week!

Go to part 3: 9 Banyan Batik fat quarters make a superb modern quilt

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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