Easy Prairie Runner
A border of prairie points adds color and zest to this easy table runner.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner Runner Size: 361/2" x 131/2"
• 2 fat quarters each 4 bright colors (one light, one dark)
• 5⁄8 yard each 2 cream tonals
• Batting 45" x 22"
• Threads to match fabrics
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
Cutting From bright-color fat quarters:
• Cut 1 (5" x 21") strip each fat quarter. Subcut each strip into 5 (4") B squares to total 40.
From cream tonals:
• Cut 1 (71/4" by fabric width) strip each fabric. Subcut into 2 (71/4" x 183/4") A rectangles each fabric.
• Cut 1 (9" by fabric width) strip each fabric. Subcut into 2 (9" x 21") backing rectangles each fabric.
Completing the Runner
1. Join two different-fabric A pieces along the 183/4" edges as shown in Figure 1; press seam to one side. Repeat to make two A units, pressing seam in the second unit to the opposite side.
2. Join the two A units to complete the pieced center; press seam to one side.
3. Join the four backing rectangles to make a 171/2" x 411/2" backing piece.
4. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 124.
5. Quilt as desired; trim batting only to match quilt top.
6. Fold each B square in half on one diagonal; press. Fold in half again to make a triangle as shown in Figure 2; press. Repeat with all B squares to make a total of 40 B triangles for prairie points.
7. Select color order, and starting at one corner of one long side of the quilted top, with all B triangles facing the same direction, place 15 B triangles along the edge of the quilted top, repeating color order, and slipping the end of one B into the opening of the previous B as shown in Figure 3 until you reach the opposite end. Reposition as necessary to fit; baste in place.
8. Continuing color order, place five triangles on the adjacent short end, butting edges as shown in Figure 4; baste in place.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 on the remaining side and end of the quilted top. Stitch in place all around.
10. Fold backing edge in 3⁄8" all around and press. Fold backing edges over to the right side of the runner edges as shown in Figure 5; hand- or machine-stitch in place to finish edges.