A “5 Fat Quarter” Table Runner

Finished Size: 18″ x 82″

You will need:

5 fat quarters (19.5″ x 22″)

1.10 metre for backing

.45 metre for binding

or .75 metre for six place mats

or .60 metre for two smaller table runner

1 – 22″ x 96″ of thin batting

Let’s get started:

Cut each fat quarter into 4 – 5” wide strips. (parallel to selvage, remove selvage 1st)

Cut each strip into 2 – 5” x 9” rectangles.                                                 

Each fat quarter yields ten rectangles for a total of 40 – 5” x 9” rectangles.

According to the diagrams below: Arrange the rectangles in a pleasing manner, by placing into four rows of ten rectangles

Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch ten rectangles end to end. Make four units.

Press seams to one side.

Select two units and cut the first rectangle in half. Stitch the piece you cut off to the other end of the same row as shown in the diagram.

Stitch the four rows together alternating the two different rows as shown. Make sure to center the seams in the middle of the block in the next row. To make this easier, use a wash away pen to mark the center point.  

The binding is made with 6 – 2.5” strips.

Four rows of ten rectangles. 2nd & 4th row cut first rectangle in 1/2 and stitch to other end of same row
Stitch rows together making sure that the seams are exactly in the middle of the rectangle beside it in the next row

This is a long table runner. It can be cut in half to make to short table runners or cut into six pieces to make a half dozen placemats. To make the placemats faster, machine quilt the on large table runner and cut into placemats after quilting. You will need extra fabric to bind six placemats

Quilt the whole piece to make a large table runner. If two smaller table runners or six placemats are desired, cut to size after quilting the whole large piece.