“Dashing Table Runner” QAL Part 3

If you’ve had time to keep up with the Quilt Along, hooray for you! Sarah, Colleen, and Rochelle sent pictures of their progress.

Sarah’s block from Halloween fabric
Colleen’s Chili Pepper block
Rochelle is ready to add the outer border

With your three “Churn Dash” blocks made, you’re ready to add sashing and borders. In what order will you place your blocks? Watch the video of Part 3 on You Tube to hear my rationale for block order.

Consulting the pattern, you see that four strips are needed, 2 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric, from selvage to selvage). Measure the size of your blocks – ideally 13″ square. From one of the 2 1/2″ strips, sub-cut two strips this measurement for sashing and sew them to opposite sides of the center square. Sew the two remaining “Churn Dashes” to the sashed center block. The patchwork measures 13″ x 42,” so to avoid piecing the side borders, add 2 1/2″ x WOF strips to the long sides of the runner. From the fourth 2 1/2″ strip, cut 17″ strips for the ends of the runner.

Now it’s time to plan the outer, pieced border. For the sides, you need ten 5″ charm squares, and for the ends, you need five 5″ charm squares. Alternate large-scale prints with small-scale prints; alternate colors; alternate florals with geometrics or tone-on-tones. Take a photo of your arrangement and refer to it as you sew the pieces together.

As directed in the pattern, cut the charm squares in half; each piece measures 2 1/2″ x 5″. Sew two strips of ten rectangles each on the 2 1/2″ sides with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams open. Sew on the side borders first; match the center of the border to the center of the table runner. Pin, sew, and then press the seam allowances toward the inner border. Similarly, make two pieced borders for the ends of the runner by sewing two strips of five rectangles each on the 2 1/2″ sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Finally, sew on the end borders; match the center of the border to the center of the table runner. Pin, sew, and then press the seam allowances toward the inner border. Trim off the excess border pieces.

I can’t wait to see a picture of your “Dashing Table Runner!” (aby.quilts@gmail.com). On Monday we’ll tackle quilting and binding, Part 4 of our Quilt Along.

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