I can’t cover everything that we have in class but I wanted to post the instructions in case you don’t have the handouts that I gave everyone whom attended.

Hand-piecing a 3 block table runner

Start with 2 colors of fabric, one light and one dark.

Press fabric

Put fabric right sides together

Cut 4 ½” strip (you might need more then one strip depending on the size of your fabric) and 5” strip (I used 2 strips)

From the 4 ½” strip cut 6 – 4 ½” blocks you will also need more light and dark pieces cut, if you choose to go the same as my blocks that you are seeing you will need an additional 3 sets (light & dark) cut and 1 additional dark)

9-patch block

Take 3 sets and sew one side of each set. (1/4″ seam allowance and double stitch a 1/4″ from each end) Finger press them open. Flip them so you have (if you are doing dark & light like mine, I used a total of 5 dark and 4 light for the block), dark and light, next row light and dark, last row dark and light. 1st row add a dark block to the right side of the light block and sew. Middle row (2nd row) add a light block to the right side of the dark block and sew, last row (3rd row) add a dark block to the right side of the light block and sew. Now you have 3 strips of blocks. Place the middle row of strips face down on the 1st row of block. Match the seams and sew straight across. Finger press open then place the 3rd row face down onto the middle row and sew.

For the last 2 blocks you will need to make the half square triangles, before piecing the blocks.

Mark on the light side with a mechanical pencil (.7mm) & your quilters quarter ruler

From the 5” strip cut 4 – 5” block. Use the quilters quarter and mark each side of the ruler and the center. Stitch both the solid lines with double stitches ¼” from the ends. Cut down the center. Finger press open with the seam going to the darker side. Square up (trim) to 4 ½”.

After cutting, press open each one and trim to 4 1/2"

Now you have all the pieces ready for your other 2 blocks. Half-squares and full-square pieces.

Completed Shoo Fly Block

Shoofly or Hole in a Barn Door or Snowball block

  • Make two strips by piecing two half-squares with one light square.
  • Make one strip by piecing two light squares with one dark square.
  • Piece the three strips together to form the finished Shoo Fly block.

Or you can switch the layout so the finished block will look like this .

Hole in Barn Door Block

It is called either a Hole in a Barn Door or a Snowball I. To make a Snowball II change the center block to a light instead of dark.

Friendship Star Block

Take the last 4 of half-squares, 4 dark squares (for the corners) and 1 light square (for the center)

Piece the 3 strips as pictures

Here are my blocks that I’ve been working on. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the others will look like. Hopefully some will have theirs done in July.

9 patch block

Shoofly block

Frienship Star block


I know that is a long title but just in case we do other 12 inch finished blocks I want to make sure you know this one is different. Our goal after 3 meetings is to have a table runner. So for our first meeting I need you to be prepared to get started. If you have a rotary mat, ruler and cutter, please bring them. If you don’t, don’t worry you can borrow mine or one of the other ladies. I’m trying to locate the quick quarter ruler for cheap so everyone can get one for themselves. I will email each member when I get the info so they can decide what they want to do. More information on that to come.

What one looks like, do you have one already?

If you do want to learn the hand piecing techniques and make at least the 3 12-inch finished blocks we are going to make you will need to get some fat quarters or bring material that you already have, mechanical pencil, needle and thread. Lorene will have at her shop, Yarn Basket in Pittsburg, KS the Quick Quarter ruler that is 12″. She was able to get it so it will only cost $3 to CnC members. She will be bringing some to our meeting for those that can’t make it to her shop before the meeting. Please check with her before the meeting to see when she got them in.

9 patch with plaid sashing

You will need at least 2 different color values. Light and dark will help you see the different blocks. Like in the 9 patch block to the left.  We will only be working on the 9 patch (in the center of the block to the left). I have a handout that gives more examples of all 3 of the blocks we are going to do. But I will post a couple of examples of each one so you can see how color choices can make a difference. Notice in this example that the sashing can be different material. That is why we are not worrying about the sashing at this first meeting.

You can choose to use the same colors for all 3 blocks or you can choose to make it scrappy by using complimentary colors in a wide range of colors. Something for you to think about. If you are just starting I would suggest 2 colors (remember different values such as light and dark).

Scrappy & White 9 patch

There will be homework because we will probably not be able to do all the sewing during our meetings but you will probably be able to get most of it done with just a little homework before the next meeting. Each month I will post more on this blog about what is going to happen next. Feel free to ask any questions that you have and I will either answer here and/or at the next meeting.

I thought you might want to see the other 2 blocks that we will be doing and some other color ideas so when you pick your fabric you will know a little about how it will end up. I’m still trying to locate the quick quarters for a reasonable price and will post when I have found a place to get them. For now here or a couple of pictures of each of the other 2 blocks we will be working on:

Shoo Fly/Hold in Barn Door layout

Shoo Fly with white

and the other block you might want to think to have the CnC members sign it for because they are called Friendship Star:

Friendship Star with black

Friendship Star with white

Notice each block is basically a 9 patch. Some have half square triangles in them. I will be working on making the table runner myself before our next meeting so you will be able to see one. The other thing you need to start thinking about, is how long and wide do you want the table runner to be. That will determine how wide the sashing needs to be. Example: When you add 4 inch sashing to the 3 12-inch finished blocks, you will have a 20-inch by 50-inch table runner. That will fit nicely on my table but it might not fit yours.

So again, what you need to bring to the first meeting, at least 1 fat quarter of light and 1 fat quarter of dark, needle and regular thread of your choosing (I’m going to be using a chenille needle and all-purpose sewing thread), mechanical pencil for light color fabric marking and a light pencil for marking on dark fabric (I will bring mine in case you do not have any) and your quick quarter ruler (or $3 to buy one from Lorene).