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African Violets table runner is a quick finish with pieced backing

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use 6 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks African Violets collection in the Cornflower and Delphinium colorways along with some red Shadows fabric to create some modern Rail Fence blocks.

Now you’re ready to sew the blocks together to create your own modern table runner. Let’s get started!

  • Sew the blocks together, alternating blocks 1 and 2, to make 5 rows with 3 blocks in each row. Each row should measure 9½” x 18½”.

 

 6½" x 9½" blocks ready to be sewn together
6½” x 9½” blocks ready to be sewn together

 

 

5 rows of blocks ready to be sewn together. Remember to alternate Block 1 and Block 2.
5 rows of blocks ready to be sewn together. Remember to alternate Block 1 and Block 2.

 

 

5 rows of blocks are sewn together.
5 rows of blocks are sewn together.

 

  • From the red Banyan Batiks Shadows 1″ strips, cut 4 – 1″ x 18½” for sashing.
  • Sew the sashing strips to the blocks.

 

Sew the 1" x 18½" sashing strips between the rows.
Sew the 1″ x 18½” sashing strips between the rows.

 

 

Completed table runner top is 18½" x 47½".
Completed table runner top is 18½” x 47½”.

 

Use leftovers for the backing!

I used the strips left over from the Banyan Batiks African Violets fat quarters to make a pieced backing. The leftover strips were various widths, but I just sewed them together until I had a piece long enough for the backing. I pressed the seams open and squared up the edges.

 

Arrange leftover fabric strips as desired to make the backing.
Arrange leftover fabric strips as desired to make the backing.

 

 

Completed backing
Completed backing

 

Once my table runner is quilted, I’ll use the 3″ red Banyan Batiks Shadows strips for the binding. See my favorite method for quilt binding, I shared in a August 2016 post.

This picture will give you an idea of how the finished quilt will look.

 

Completed table runner with Banyan Batiks African Violets and Shadows fabrics.
Completed table runner with Banyan Batiks African Violets and Shadows fabrics.

 

That was easy, right? I hope you’ve enjoyed using the Banyan Batiks fabrics this week. There are more fabrics being added to the Banyan Batiks collection all the time. Be sure to check out the Northcott website to see all the newest fabrics. And remember to click the Product Finder Button on the Northcott site to find out which shops have your favorite Banyan Batiks.

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: 6 Banyan Batiks fat quarters for a modern table runner

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.

5 Comments

  1. DanaLou

    These batiks are gorgeous!

    • nanette7fl

      I love tbe color choices and tha k you for easy to follow directions. Can’t wait to try it out

  2. Sewflake

    Beautiful colors! I love colors!

  3. Gail Brown

    I love the rich, vibrant colors of this collection.

  4. latanya

    This fabric is so vibrant and beautiful.

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