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Patriotic Nine Patch Table Runner

By: Carlene Eshelman for FaveQuilts.com
Updated February 22, 2019

Learn how to quilt Fourth of July table runner patterns for all your patriotic celebrations this summer! With 4th of July quilt blocks featuring simple nine patch quilt patterns, the Patriotic Nine Patch Table Runner is a great project for beginners. Make this table runner in one afternoon, and you'll have a patriotic patchwork decoration for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and more!

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniquePieced

Beginner

MATERIALS:

  • 3 fat quarters in red,white, and blue
    (cut fat quarters into (12) 3”x3” white squares, (6) 3”x3” blue squares, and (9) 3”x3” red squares)
  • Two (2) 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” muslin strips
  • Two (2) 2-1/2” x 25” muslin strips
  • Two (2) 2-1/2” x 11” muslin strips
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine with white thread
  • 1/2” double-wide bias tape
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Quilt batting
  • Muslin


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. After cutting 3”x3” squares,
    Lay two squares in the following pattern:
    Row 1    red,white,red
    Row 2    white,blue,white
    Row 3    red,white,red

    Lay one square in the following pattern:
    Row 1    blue,white,blue
    Row 2    white,red,white
    Row 3    blue,white,blue
     
  2. Sew above squares together using 1/4” seams. You will end up with three squares that should measure about 7-1/2”. If the edges are not straight, you can use your rotary cutter to straighten the edges. Iron seams and alternate directions to one side so the bulkiness is equal.
     
  3. Take the square with the red in the middle, and sew the 7-1/2” muslin strips to the right and left edges. Use a 1/4” seam. Iron seams.
     
  4. Sew the last two squares to the right and left side of the square with the red center. Iron seams.
     
  5. Sew the 2-1/2” x 25” muslin strips to the top and bottom. Iron seams.
     
  6. Place muslin on table and cut about 3” larger than your table runner top. Cut quilt batting about 2” larger than your table runner top.
     
  7. Lay muslin piece right side facing down; place quilt batting on top of muslin. Place table runner top, right side facing up, onto quilt batting. Pin everything together with sewing pins.
     
  8. Stitch a top stitch onto the quilt squares. Stitch all squares, or the four corners, and center square to form a pattern.  Stitch should be 1/8” away from inside edge of squares. Stitch a giant rectangle around quilt pattern squares. I used white thread for this step.
     
  9. Trim away any excess batting and muslin from table runner top.
     
  10. Pin bias tape to edges of quilt. Sew a top stitch 1/8” away from bias tape edge.
     
  11. Hand-stitch bias tape to back of quilt using a whip stitch.


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