I finally dusted off my sewing machine and made this summery table runner for a gift using a charm pack and a half yard of white fabric. The fabric is Treasures and Tidbits.
To make this quick runner cut 160 squares 1.75" x 1.75", and pick out 40 – 5" squares or use a charm pack.
Make a snowball block by sewing a white square in each corner of the 5" square. I find it easiest to chain piece when I make these blocks, and as you can see down below I used my masking tape trick instead of marking all of those tiny squares with pencil lines.
Then sew them together 4 blocks in a row & 10 rows. Or 10 blocks in a row & 4 rows….whatever suites your fancy.
I got A LOT of questions about keeping my lines straight when I do straight line quilting. Usually I use the edge of my foot as a guide….or if I’m doing thicker lines I have a nifty bar/guide that hooks into my walking foot. I think more than anything straight lines just take practice…lots and lots of practice. But even after lots of practice you’ll still get some crooked lines…guaranteed (see those quilting lines up there??? crooked!) So don’t be so hard on yourselves if you get a crooked line here or there. :)
That is darling! Thanks for sharing! I think I must make one! :)
Beautiful fresh table runner !
That masking tip is brilliant. so simple but sanity saving! thanks. such a cute little table runner
I need a summer runner, and this one looks perfect! Thanks for sharing.
I just finished hand-quilting my first piece and one row is SO crooked. I'm going to have to pick it out and redo that one, or it will drive me crazy forever.
Adorable - and thanks for the tutorial!
So bright and cheery. Love it. Love that fabric. New line?
Cute! What a great addition to a summer table!
like it a lot! and love the little masking tape trick. thanks so much!
So pretty! You just inspired me!
So cute -- love your choice of fabrics for a summer rummer!! Tucking this away for later. Thank you!
Cute little runner!!
I love charm packs! They are perfect for quick little projects. Your table runner looks great!
Little snowballs in summer that should keep someone cool. Very nice.
Very nice!! Bright and cheerful and fun!
completely forgot about the masking tape trick--love it! Your runner is adorable & easy--my kind of project!
Super cute! Love the fabric!
Thanks for the idea and especially the masking tape trick. That's a keeper!!! Can't wait to make one and to share with my family :)
a little bit biased
It's a very happy runner. So cute!
A wonderful and fresh summer runner
I love it
That is SUPER cute! I have been itching to make a table runner! What perfect motivation! Thanks! Now...let's see if I actually get it done! hehe
When I looked at the title of your post, I thought that you had stopped quilting and taken up running for the summer. "Noooooo!" I thought. Thank goodness it was the OTHER kind of runner. :) Thanks for the fun idea!
Snowballs in the summer, how cool! Love the hexegons and no handsewing. Yeah!
Our Busy Little Bunch
I love the colors and fabrics you used! It gives that little block such a modern look.
That is so fresh and pretty!
Such a happy little table runner! Love how you used simple white to set off the colorful snowballs! Really cute! Thanks for sharing.
Very cute and summery! I love it, I was just thinking about that new fabric line, Going Coastal, that would look super cute with this pattern too. It reminded me of it.
What a special gift...I want one! BUT, I am not looking forward to cutting 160 little white squares...yikes!
Such a cute table runner! The recipient will love it!
Very nice! I use blue painters tape directly on my fabric and use it as a guide. It works like magic!
well done it looks fantastic
great project! i love it and want to make one! ps. your banner is awesome!
Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie
Such a cute summertime runner...
Fabulous! Love your colors....
Love the tape trick. Looks like it would really speed up several different block designs.
SWEET !!! I love snowballs.
SO FUN allison! can i be you when i grow up? :)
Oooo, I've been tinkering of Christmas runners & a bunch of snowball blocks would be really killer.
Thanks for the peace of mind about straight line quilting...I am just finishing up quilting the lines on my fall tumbler quilt that I wanted to make after I saw yours. None of the lines are perfect, but it is such a striking quilt with all the different color and scale that I love it so much! Your tablerunner is beautiful!
I just love this! As soon as I opened the page, I said "Ooooo!" The colors are just fabulous. And it's such a fun pattern. Thanks for sharing!
I love snowballs. Love your colors. Thanks for sharing!
one day at a time
This is amazing. I'm going to try it. I've never quilted before and I think this is going to be the first attempt. Thank you for the inspiration!
I just love your choices in colors, gives me ideas of what I can put together!
I love it! So bright and summery, I am going to try this soon! Thanks for sharing!
Darling. Love snowballing and the vibrancy is great. Great idea of the masking tape. Love it!
I love snowball blocks....always looks great.
Well done..hugs Khris
What a pretty summer runner. I love to make snowball blocks.
so is there a tut for it? really pretty and I think would be good for any Holiday
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Thanks for sharing! The tablerunner looks beautiful, I just sew one myself ☺
I like it!
Hi, love this idea what a great way to use up a pack of charms. I would love to know the finished size of your runner.
Just browsing your tutorials and I really like this one. I have lots of charm squares I want to get sewing with! I think crooked lines give character!