Celebrate the summer with this patriotic star quilted table runner.
This patriotic table runner decoration is perfect for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Patriotic Day, or Veterans Day celebration and if you just want to dress up your table any time of the year.
The table runner features three stars in the center with flying geese on the sides. This patriotic table runner can be made up quickly.
HOW TO MAKE A TABLE RUNNER
Handmade fabric table runners are a way to change your decor up throughout the seasons and keep things looking fresh. I really love how easy it is to customize this DIY table runner pattern for other holidays just by varying the fabric.
It can be made for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Christmas, etc. Need a gift idea? Create one as a hostess gift, or for family, friends, teachers or co-workers.
Show off your patriotic spirit with this free table runner pattern by Accuquilt. You can find the pattern here: Celebration Table Runner. The pattern includes all cutting and piecing instructions for the 56" x 12" table runner. It is a generous size so it will fit any table.
Want more free table runner tutorials and patterns? Our DIY Table Runner Patterns page has many waiting for you to try.
This patriotic table runner goes together quickly and easily! It’s so effortless to cut a pretty pile of perfectly cut red, white and blue triangles with an Accuquilt cutting system.
WHAT IS AN ACCUQUILT GO! CUTTING SYSTEM?
The Accuquilt Go! fabric cutting machine is fast, accurate, and easy to use. The die cutting system is as much as 90% faster than a scissor or rotary cutter. It allows for cutting up to 6 layers at once and complex shapes can be cut with ease.
Its portable design allows you to carry and cut wherever you go - to classes, retreats, guild meetings and quilting bees.
For a video demonstration and photo demonstration shows how fast the Accuquilt Go! Big Cutter can cut fabrics along with the pros and cons for using this fabric cutter head over to our Accuquilt Go! Fabric Cutter Review page.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS PATRIOTIC TABLE RUNNER:
ABOUT FLYING GEESE UNITS
One thing really nice about the Accuquilt system is the flying geese unit is so easy to assemble. Each flying geese unit is made from one large quarter square triangle and two smaller half-square triangles.
AccuQuilt makes it so easy as all the dog ears are cut off the quarter square and half square triangles which make the assembly of flying geese units simple.
Place one half square triangle on top of the quarter square triangle using the dog-eared corners as a guide. Sew using an accurate 1/4" seam and press seam toward the half square triangle.
Then align the second half square triangle with the remaining edge of the quarter square triangle. Sew and press.
TABLE RUNNER PIECING
The free pattern includes complete step-by-step sewing directions making assembly of this table runner simple.
To finish the table runner, layer batting between the table runner top and the backing, pin or baste the layers together.
Quilt as desired.
Look at the close-up picture below to see how I quilted the table runner.
To quilt it, straight-line quilting was used to echo quilt the inside of the star with a cream color. Echo quilting typically refers to a quilting line that is drawn parallel to and the same distance from an object, tracing the edge of that shape. I echoed the inside of the shape.
The red and blue flying geese were echo stitched with red and blue thread.
BINDING THE TABLE RUNNER
Binding this table runner is the final step in finishing.
Sewing binding to a quilt is a three-step process. The first step is to sew the binding to the edge of the quilt. The second step is to fold the binding over around the edge of the quilt. And the third step is to tack it down.
For this project, I used a double-fold binding. The binding was then sewn to the back, folded over to the front, and tacked down with the sewing machine using a serpentine stitch. Follow along with our adding binding to a quilt tutorial (no hand sewing required) to learn this method.
It's finished. Place it on the table for a festive red, white and blue celebration.
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