It’s Friday, and that means our Half Rectangle Triangle journey for this week is almost over. Yesterday I showed the pressing and sewing process to bring the Modern Half Rectangle Triangle to its quilt top completion. Today I’ll demonstrate the sandwiching and quilting process with Odif 505 Temporary Quilt Basting Adhesive Fabric Spray, Fairfield Quilter’s 80/20 Quilt Batting, SCHMETZ Machine Quilting Needles and Gütermann Cotton Thread. I also want to show you some exciting, alternate layout arrangements for this Half Rectangle Triangle (HRT) pattern. Maybe I can inspire quilters to try their own experimentation with HRTs?
Sandwiching the Modern Half Rectangle Triangle Table Runner
Sew the backing together (I used two fat quarters). You can use yardage – you’ll need a piece approximately 14″ x 36″. Make sure you have about 2″ extra lengthwise and widthwise for quilting spread.
Cut a piece of batting 14″ x 36″.
Tape the backing right side down against a hard surface, such as a floor or large table, so it’s flat (but not taught).
Spray the backing lightly with Odif 505 Temporary Quilt Basting Adhesive Fabric Spray. I personally love the spray baste method and have used it for many years. This is the method I currently use for all the quilts I sew on my domestic sewing machine.
Roll up both the batting and quilt top (wrong side out); set the quilt top aside. Lay the rolled batting on top of the table runner. Roll out and smooth the batting on top of the backing with your hands.
Note: The batting and backing layer may not match in size; just ensure it fits the table runner top with 1“ room on all sides to spare.
Spray the batting lightly with quilt basting spray.
Place the previously rolled table runner wrong side down on top of the batting layer at one end. Roll it out and spread evenly and smoothly on batting layer.
Quilting the Table Runner
I quilted the table runner using 12wt machine quilting thread, a size 90 machine quilting needle, a free motion foot, and with the feed dogs down. I wanted the quilting to show with a simple meander stitch. The purpose of such a simple stitch is to get the job done and focus on showing off the beautiful Fabric Creations Cotton Fabric.
The pattern for this table runner is repetitive. Often for smaller projects with repetitive patterns, I opt for a simple quilt pattern that will enhance the fabric and flatten out the project so it can lie nicely on a table.
I squared up the quilt and used the darkest coral/red color for binding. Need help to learn how to bind? Feel free to download my free step-by-step PDF printable Quilt Binding Tutorial.
If you’re interested in trying Half Rectangle Triangles in other quilt layouts, here are some alternate ideas:
The quilt below is a modern offset design. Leave the surrounding area white to make it even more modern and quilt it with simple lines (the black lines are design lines showing the block spaces and they can be ignored).
The quilt below shows an alternating block layout. As you can see, the sky’s the limit with HRT block designs!
I know I could go on for days with this design, and using fantastic quilting notions like Odif 505 Temporary Quilt Basting Adhesive Fabric Spray, Fairfield Quilter’s 80/20 Quilt Batting, SCHMETZ Machine Quilting Needles and Gütermann Cotton Thread make it so easy! But we’re at the end of the week, and the end of this Half Rectangle Triangle series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and I hope you’re inspired.
Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, and sew happy!
What a fun idea. I had to try it! Thank you for sharing!
I love this series! Your instructions are very clear and easy to understand. You leave plenty of room for trimming the rectangles to the proper size. What I would like to know is: Is there a formula for figuring the dimensions of the fabric rectangles and the freezer paper dimensions for other sizes of rectangles?
Hi Sandy , thanks for your comments. I have a chart on my website for the dimensions you need it is here: https://www.quiltingintheloft.com/store/p62/hrt-chart.html
I’m sure this will help you. Take Care!