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Diamond Table Runner


Show off your quilting talents with this unusual diamond pattern table runner. It's sure to get noticed!

Skill Level: None

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Step 1

GETTING STARTED: Download the PDF for a set of portable project instructions. Read through all of the instructions before beginning.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Approximately 9" x 41"
Large diamond is 3-1/2" finished height, Small diamond is 1-1/2" finished height

MATERIALS:

  • EZ Quilting™ 45-Degree Diamond Ruler
  • General sewing supplies
  • Quilting thread to match fabrics
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Mat
  • Ruler

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:
This project can be made from scraps. There are 6 large diamonds, each requiring a 5" x 11" rectangle. And there are 20 small diamonds, each requiring a 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" rectangle. You will need:

  • 6 coordinating fabrics, 1 fat eighth of each
  • Gray solid fabric: 3/4 yd for lattice and binding
  • Backing: 1 yard
  • Batting: Craft size

CUTTING THE FABRIC:

  • From each of the 6 design fabrics, cut 1 – 3-1/2" finished height diamond using the full size of the 45-Degree Diamond Ruler (4" cut size) for a total of 6 large diamonds.
  • From each the 6 design fabrics, cut 4 – 1-1/2" finished height diamonds using the 2" cut line on the 45-Degree Diamond Ruler for a total of 24 small diamonds.
  • From the gray fabric, cut 7 – 1" x 42" strips for lattice. Trim the selvedges. From these strips, cut the following:
    • 12 – 1" x 4-1/4" rectangles
    • 10 – 1" x 7" rectangles
    • 3 – 1" x 25" rectangles
  • From the gray fabric, cut 5 – 3" x 42" strips for binding. Trim the selvedges. If desired, the binding strips may be cut on the diagonal to make bias binding. A total of 175" binding is needed.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:
All seams are sewn right sides together with 1/4" seam allowance.

Diamonds have bias edges and must be handled carefully when sewing to the lattice to avoid stretching them out of shape. The lattice rectangles are cut longer than the diamonds and are trimmed after sewing.

Step 2

ASSEMBLING THE SMALL DIAMOND 4-PATCH UNITS—See PDF instructions for diagrams:
Choose 4 small diamonds to make a four-patch unit. Arrange them in a diamond pattern on the sewing workspace.

Sew 2 small diamonds together with a 1" x 4-1/4" gray lattice rectangle between. Press the seam toward the lattice and trim the lattice even with the diamonds. Repeat with the second set of 2 small diamonds.

Sew the 2 two-patch units together with a 1" x 7" gray lattice rectangle between, matching the lattice seam intersections. Press the seam toward the lattice and trim the lattice even with the diamonds. This completes one diamond four-patch unit that is the same size as the large diamond (4" cut size).

Repeat steps 1-3 to make 3 more diamond four-patch units.

Step 3

ASSEMBLING THE TABLE RUNNER:
Arrange the 6 large diamonds, 4 small diamond four-patch units, and 4 single small diamonds in four diagonal rows as shown. Note: There will be 4 small diamonds left over that will not be used.

Sew the large diamonds and 4-patch units within each row together with 1" x 7" gray lattice rectangles between, matching lattice seam intersections where needed. Press the seams toward the lattice and trim the lattice even with the diamonds.

Sew a 1" x 4-1/4" gray lattice rectangle to the single small diamonds at the end of each row. Note: Be sure to sew the lattice to the side of the diamond that will adjoin the row. Press the seam toward the lattice and trim the lattice even with the diamond.

Sew the 4 single small diamonds in place at the end of the rows with the lattice alongside the row. Press seam toward the lattice.

Sew the 4 rows together with 1" x 25" gray lattice rectangles between, matching lattice seam intersections. Press the seams toward the lattice and trim the lattice even with the diamonds.

Step 4

FINISHING THE TABLE RUNNER—See PDF instructions for diagram:
Layer the backing fabric wrong side up, then the batting, and then the pieced table runner top right side up. Baste the layers together.

Quilt as desired. The table runner shown was quilted in the ditch around all of the diamonds and also echo quilted within the large diamonds. After quilting, baste stitch 1/8" around the outside edges of the table runner to keep the layers together.

Carefully trim the backing and batting a generous 1/4" larger than the pieced top to allow for a 1/2" binding seam allowance.

Stitch the 3" binding strips together end to end with diagonal seams. Press the seams open. Fold and press the binding in half along the length to make double fold binding.

Sew the binding to the table runner front along the edges by machine using a 1/2" seam allowance.

Flip the binding to the back ensuring there is 1/2" showing on the front and hand stitch in place with matching thread.

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