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Greek Square Table Runner
Quilt Finished Size: 70-1/2" x 25-1/2"
Block Finished Size: 12"
* = Cut once diagonally.
In Part 1, we will make four Greek Square blocks. Each will measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" unfinished. When the blocks are sewn into the quilt, they will measure 12" x 12".
Step 1: Sew a Very Light 4-7/8" triangle to a Dark 4-7/8" triangle as shown below. Press the seam allowances toward the Dark fabric. Make 16. (This unit should measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2".)
Step 2: Sew a Very Light 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle to a Dark 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle along one long side as shown below.. Press the seam allowance toward the Dark fabric. Make 16. (This unit should measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2".)
Step 3: Sew a Step 1 unit to the left and right sides of a Step 2 unit. Press the seam allowances toward the Step 1 units. Make 8. (This unit should measure 4-1/2" x 12-1/2".)
Step 4: Sew a Step 2 unit to the left and right sides of a Very Light 4-1/2" square. Press the seam allowances toward the Very Light square. Make 4. (This unit should measure 4-1/2" x 12-1/2".)
Step 5: Sew a Step 3 unit to the top and bottom of a Step 4 unit. Press the seam allowances toward Step 4 unit. Make 4. (This unit should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".) You've completed your four Greek Square blocks!
In Part 2, we will add the sashing strips to our Greek Square blocks.
Step 6: Sew a Medium 3-1/2" x 12-1/2" sashing strip to each side of the Greek Square blocks as shown below:
Press the seam allowances toward the Medium sashing strips.
Step 7: Sew five Light 2-1/2" squares and four Medium sashing strips together as shown below:
Press the seam allowances toward the Medium sashing strips. Make 2.
Step 8: Sew the Step 7 units to the top and bottom of the Step 6 unit as shown below:
Press the seam allowances toward the Step 7 units. Your sashing strips are done!
In Part 3, we will add the final border to our table runner.
Step 9: Sew a Dark 3-1/2" x 18-1/2" strip to the left and right ends of the Step 8 unit. Press the seam allowances toward the Dark fabric.
Step 10: We will need to piece the top and bottom outer borders. To do this, sew a Dark 3-1/2" x 23-1/2" strip to a Dark 3-1/2" x 40-1/2" strip along one short side. Press the seam allowance to one side. Make 2. (Each border strip should measure 3-1/2" x 63-1/2".)
Step 11: Sew a Medium 3-1/2" square to each end of a Step 10 unit. Press the seam allowances toward the Dark fabric. Make 2. (Each border strip should measure 3-1/2" x 69-1/2".)
Step 11: Sew the Step 11 units to the top and bottom of the Step 9 unit as shown below. Press the seam allowance toward the Step 11 units. That's it! Your Greek Square Table Runner is now pieced and ready to baste, quilt, and bind.
In Part 4, we will finish up and get this quilt running on your favorite table to be admired by friends and family!
For the backing, you will need to cut two strips from the fabric of your choice that measure 27" x Width of Fabric. Stitch them together along the short side and press the seam open. You'll need about 1-1/2 yards of backing fabric.
For the batting, cut a 27" x 75" strip from the batting of your choice. (Or do as I do and just lay the pieced table runner on top of a large piece of batting and cut around it, leaving about 3" extra batting on all sides.)
Layer your quilt sandwich (backing, batting, and quilt top) and baste.
Next, quilt as desired. I'm not going to tell you how to do this, but I will tell your how I do it. If I'm handquilting, I outline each patch in the blocks about a 1/2" from the seams. For the borders, I stitch diagonal lines as shown below.
If I'm machine quilting, I stitch in the ditch for the blocks and do basically the same pattern for the outer border as above. (I know, not very imaginative, but you can do whatever your creative soul desires.)
When your quilting is all done, trim the extra batting and backing even with the quilt top. Sew your 2-1/2" binding strips together using the diagonal method and trim the excess about the seam. Press the seam open or to one side.
Take your now very long single binding strip to the ironing board. Designate one end as your starting point and press under a 3/4" seam on the short (2-1/2") fabric edge. wrong sides together. Next, fold the strip in half lengthwise and press wrong sides together.
Beginning with your binding's designated starting point, pin the raw edge of the binding strip to the front side of your quilt. No need to go all the way around, just to the first corner. Next, sew the binding to the quilt starting about 3" past your designated starting point. Stitch until you get about 1/4" away from the corner. Take the quilt out of the sewing machine make the corner fold that will create a miter in the corner of the quilt. To do this, flip the binding up and over the edge that you've just sewn, then flip it back down, making sure that the fold that you've just created is even with the quilt edge. Now put the quilt back in the sewing machine and sew your folded binding down and continue sewing the binding along the edge of the quilt until you reach the next corner. Do the same technique as before for the second, third, and fourth corners of the quilt.
When you begin to close in on the binding's designated starting point, it's time to tuck the end of the binding into the beginning of the binding. Pull the remaining end of the binding about an inch past the designated starting point and cut the excess binding away. Next, unfold the designated starting point of the binding and tuck the end of the binding inside. Pin and continue sewing until you've sewn past the tucked binding and have reached the start of your already stitched binding. Lock stitch it and cut your thread.
The final step is to pull the binding over the edge to the back of the quilt. Using a needle and thread, whipstitch the folded edge to the back side of the quilt.
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