Bed Runner Tutorial

I designed this bed runner as a Christmas gift using the Wrendale fabric collection but when I saw this Hummingbird collection from Lewis and Irene, I knew the fabrics would be perfect for this design too. I love the vibrant colours and pretty details that are picked up perfectly in the fussy cut pieces.


Disappointingly this bed runner was made to go into Quilt Now magazine but they got in touch to say that sadly they will no longer be continuing the magazine. Since it has been a while since I made the quilt, a lot of these fabrics are now out of stock, but I thought it was still worth sharing this pattern with you. There are lots of different collections that this would look fab in. It is amazing how different a pattern can look in different fabrics. If you scroll to the bottom you will see the version I made in Wrendale fabrics.

MATERIALS

  • Hummingbirds on Duck Egg – Fat Quarter

  • Hummingbirds on Dark Blue – Fat Quarter

  • Summer Floral on Duck Egg – Fat Quarter

  • Summer Floral on Dark Blue – Fat Quarter

  • Turquoise Dotty – Fat Quarter

  • Tropical Pink Bumbleberry – Fat Quarter

  • Tropical Sea Bumbleberry – ½ Metres

  • Cream Hummingbird Silhouette – 1.5 Metres

  • Bosal Wadding 20” x 92”

  • Binding 6.2 Metres

  • Sewing Machine

  • Rotary Cutter, Mat and Ruler

Finished Size 18.5” x 90”


CUTTING

From Hummingbirds on Duck Egg cut:

3 6” squares

From Hummingbirds on Dark Blue cut:

2 6 ½” squares

From Summer Floral on Duck Egg cut:

12 4½” squares

From Summer Floral on Dark Blue cut:

8 3½” squares

From Turquoise Dotty cut:

6 1½” x 16”

6 1½” x 18½”

From Cream Hummingbird Silhouette cut:

(The cream fabric is directional so if you would like the fabric to face the same direction, keep this in mind when it comes to sewing.)

36 4½” squares

8 3½” squares

16 3½” x 6½”

From Tropical Sea Bumbleberry cut:

12 4½” x 8½”

Binding 2” x 6 WOF

From Tropical Pink Bumbleberry cut:

16 3½” squares

8 3½” x 6½”

NOTES

Use a ¼” seam allowance throughout. Press seams open at the end of each point

WOF = Width of fabric

ASSEMBLY

1. Take your hummingbirds on duck egg and 12 cream 4.5” squares. With right sides together, add the squares to opposite corners, trim. Repeat on the other two corners.

2. Take your tropical sea fabric and remaining 4.5” cream squares. Make 12 flying geese by placing a square onto the edge of the rectangle, lining up the edges with right sides together. Sew from corner to corner, you can draw your line on before if you prefer. Trim and repeat on the other side.

3. Assemble your blue blocks as shown below.

4. Add the tropical blue borders to the sides first and then the top and bottom.


5. Take your tropical pink squares and 8 cream rectangles. Make 8 flying geese.

6. Take 8 3.5” cream squares and the dark blue summer floral squares. Pair them up. Now take the remaining cream rectangles and pair them up with the rectangles you just made.

7. Now it is time to assemble your pink blocks as per the image.

8. You should now have 5 blocks measuring 18.5”. Lay them out alternating, blue and pink. Sew them together in a row.


FINISHING


Back, quilt and bind your quilt as per your preferred method.

I have used Bosal cotton wadding. The back is longer than the standard fabric width, so I have used two bolt width pieces plus a little extra to piece the backing in the white silhouette design. I decided to keep the quilting reasonably simple so as not to distract from the fabrics. I have sewn in the ditch of the centre squares and used a vine stitch on the turquoise borders. Allow the backing and wadding to be slightly bigger than your quilt top and trim it down when you have finished quilting it.

I have used 2” wide binding made from the tropical sea bumbleberry.


Here is the finished bed runner. I used one of the blocks in a different combination of the fabrics to make a coordinating cushion with a simple envelope back.

Isn't it interesting how different a pattern can look in completely different fabrics. This is the original Wrendale one I made which is actually being used as a table runner rather than a bed runner.


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