Two Hour Table Runner Part One

I love a fast and easy way to sew strips and make interesting blocks. This tutorial is a short demonstration of how we can make the process of block building in a modern, fast way.
This tutorial will help you step out of the box of traditional thinking about always having everything straight and even and time consuming.

This tutorial is just the beginning of using this technique to make fun bags, quilts, table runners and gifts of all kinds.

Step 1: Start with three fat quarters, don’t trim, just lay them on top of each other on a cutting mat.

Step 2: Using a long enough ruler to reach both sides of the fat quarters, make two off center kind of cuts in the way I’ve done in this photo. The secret to this technique is about going out of the box.


Step 3: From the first stack on your left, take the top piece and put it under the same stack. Then on the next stack, take the top two pieces and put them at the bottom of the pile. Leave the third stack intact.

Step 4: Sew the slices back together, press each seam and square off the pieced blocks.


Step 5: Sew the three pieced blocks together in whatever way you like. I chose to make the seams linear. You can turn them alternate too if you like.


Then machine quilt this as you desire. I made this long table runner from my stock of organic Cloud9 fabrics.


Pretty and simple, I made this quilted table runner in under two hours and took all the photo's!

Reverse side part 1

This simple tutorial is the first in a series of more tutorials on how to go far out of the box and laugh all the way to success in only minutes of your time compared to the cutting and arranging of most traditional block sewing that you might have started with in the beginning.


Next time, double cuts and then you’ll see the possibilities! If you like this technique please post it to your Facebook page or you own blog. Plus, I love to  see photos of projects done with this technique!


  1. I made two of these as gifts for friends and they both loved them! Quick and easy...a formula I just love.
    Thank you, Deborah

  2. Hello Barb,

    I'm so glad you like this fast, easy, not fuss way of block building and more. Email me with a photo of your projects using this technique, I love to see what others do?

  3. QYai Yai,

    Isn't it fun to make fast gifts for friends this way? So pleased you like it!!

    Can you share a photo of projects using this technique?


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