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In my QUILTsocial posts from April 30 – May 4, 2018 and July 26, 2018, I showed you how to make some modern quilts using fat quarters from the Northcott Banyan Batiks “Feathers”, and Visual Sound collections.

This week, I’ll show you how to use 8 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks “Tie One On” collection in the Ventura colorway, along with some coordinating fabrics from the Ketan collection, to make table runners and placemats.


Fat quarter bundles of the Banyan Batiks "Tie One On" collection
Fat quarter bundles of the Banyan Batiks “Tie One On” collection


All fat quarters are not created equal! Most fat quarters are 18″ long, but if you’re buying fabric in metric measurement, they will be 20″ long. Similarly, some fabrics are not a full 44″ wide. Fortunately, all the Northcott Banyan Batiks that I have used are 44″ wide. It’s nice to know you have that extra little bit of fabric in the width. For the projects this week, all the fat quarters are 18″ long and 22″ wide.

The plan is to use up all the fat quarters and not have little pieces left over. Let’s get started! Here are my fat quarters from the Tie One On collection. Not showing in the picture is one gray print fat quarter.


Fat quarters from the "Tie One On" collection in the Ventura colorway
Fat quarters from the “Tie One On” collection in the Ventura colorway


I’ll be using 3 different gray Banyan Batiks Ketan fabrics for bindings and accents #442 Steel Gaze, #441 Silver Lites and #639 Midnight Caller.

Let’s start by making this table runner. The finished size is 22″ x 38″.


Table runner made from "Tie One On" fat quarters
Table runner made from “Tie One On” fat quarters


Cut each Tie One On fat quarter, on the lengthwise grain, into 3 – 5″ strips and 2 – 2¾” strips. There will be a narrow strip left from the fat quarter, but don’t throw it away – you’ll be using it too! The strips will be approximately 18″ long.

Choose 3 different fabrics from the 5″ strips. I used 2 pink #1 strips, 2 pink #2 strips and 3 gray strips for a total of 7 – 5″ strips

Cut each strip into 2 pieces, varying the length of each piece.


Cut 5" strips into 2 pieces.
Cut 5″ strips into 2 pieces.


4 patch blocks

These will be used as accent pieces with the strips. Choose 4 or 5 – 2¾” strips that are not the same colors as the 5″ strips.

  • Cut the strips in half so they are about 9″ long.
  • Sew 2 different strips together, joining the long sides. Try to make as many different combinations as possible. Don’t press the seams yet.


Sew 2¾" strips together in pairs.
Sew 2¾” strips together in pairs.


  • Cut the strips into 2¾” segments.
  • Sew the segments together to make 4 patch blocks, finger pressing the seams as you are sewing, so they nest together. Try to have 4 different fabrics in each block.
  • The blocks should measure 5″.
  • You need a total of 7 – 4 patch blocks. There will be some segments left over, and they’ll be used in the next project.


Sew 2¾" segments together.
Sew 2¾” segments together.



Completed 4 patch blocks
Completed 4 patch blocks


Come back tomorrow and learn how to put all the Banyan Batiks Tie One On pieces together to finish the table runner.


This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Finishing the Banyan Batiks Tie One On table runner

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several 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.


  1. Donna

    I love this! It’s simple, but also stunning. Will surely brighten up any table.

    • Thanks Donna. I think this runner would look great in seasonal fabrics too!

  2. Angela

    Thank you for the tips!!

    • You’re welcome Angela! Thanks for reading the blog.

  3. Cindy Shelley

    I love quilt a alongs. Looking forward to the next segment

  4. Debbie Manning

    would love to win fat quarter bundle!!!

  5. Beth B

    Nice pattern and a great way to showcase this new line.

    • Thanks Beth. I love the new Banyan Batiks too!

  6. Dolores Clark

    Very nice fat quarters and table runner pattern.

    • Thanks Dolores. Glad you liked it!

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