I was recently featured on Electric Quilt’s Blog as one of their featured artists for December. As a free EQ download, my table runner project uses Andover’s Downton Abbey collection – perfect for dressing up your table for the upcoming season! I’ve promised a tutorial to help the sewing process along, so thread up your machine and let’s get started! Need a fabric kit just like mine? Click HERE!
Here’s a picture of the finished table runner. It’s a generous 81″ x 21″, enough for a nice sized dining table. Of course, you can easily adjust the length to suit your setting by adding or eliminating the number of 15″ blocks.
two 4-5/8″ squares cut once on the diagonal to create four corner triangles. Mine are blue.
one 8- 3/4″ square cut twice on the diagonal to create four side triangles. I chose red.
one 5- 3/4″ square each of two red/white shirting fabrics and two blue/white shirting fabrics (four squares total for each block)
one 5 -3/4″ fussy cut center square of the Downton Abbey logo.
First lay out the cut pieces in block formation.
First, you’ll cut a black herringbone fabric strip 1″ x width of fabric (WOF). From this cut two 15- 1/2 strips. Sew a strip to each short end of your runner top.
Next, cut four strips 1″ x WOF from the black herringbone fabric to make the long side borders. Connect the ends of the strips with diagonal seams to make one long piece.
Now on to the final border. Time to cut the grey Downton Abbey text fabric! First cut a strip 2 -1/2″ x WOF. From this, cut two strips 16 -1/2″ long.
Next, cut four more grey Downton Abbey text fabric strips 2- 1/2″ x WOF. Connect these with diagonal seams just like you did with the black skinny inner border to create one long piece. From this, cut two strips 76-1/2″. Sew these to each long side of the runner.
Now, cut six black herringbone strips 2-1/2″ x WOF. From one of these, cut four 2 -1/2″ squares. These will be the corner stones of the outer border. Sew one square to each end of the 16-1/2″ grey border strips. Press.
Then sew these to each end of your runner top. Congrats! Your Downton Abbey Table Runner top is complete!!
Use the rest of the 2-1/2″ black herringbone strips for the binding. To make the binding, sew ends together with diagonal seams, trim and press just like you did for the two borders. Next, fold the binding in half wrong sides together and press.
Next time, I’ll be showing you how I quilted my Downton Abbey Table Runner and attached the binding with a super special magic trick I learned from Ladyfingers superwoman Denise. Be sure to follow me and let me know how you are doing with your runner!
Need a fabric kit just like mine? Click HERE!