Table Runner Instructions - Split Rail And Clovers


Quilting Contessa gives you step by step instructions to make a pretty table runner called Split Rail And Clovers.

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Table Runner Instructions - Split Rail And Clovers

Quilting Contessa gives you step by step instructions to make a pretty table runner called Split Rail And Clovers.

Table Runner Instructions - Split Rail And Clovers



This 3-block runner uses 3 fabrics and finishes 11.5"x34". Rail sets are split into HST creating small pinwheel centers. Large "clover" pinwheels are worked into the end blocks.




  • Dark Green: three jelly-roll strips 2.5" x 26"
  • Medium Green: three jelly-roll strips 2.5" x 26"
  • Light Green: one 6.5" x 26" strip
  • Batting & Backing: 12" x 35"
  • Binding: 3 yards


HST Patches:

Join 3 jelly-roll strips dark-medium-dark to create Rail Set A. Join 3 jelly-roll strips medium-dark-medium to create Rail Set B. Cut strip sets into four each 6.5" rail blocks. Press in one direction. Cut light green strip into four 6.5" squares.


On the reverse of the light green squares and on two Set B squares, draw a diagonal line. IMPORTANT: diagonal markings must all face the same direction, from lower left corner to upper right corner. In this picture, the left patch is going the wrong way and the one on the right side is correct.



Nest marked squares with remaining squares, right sides together. Match the 2 marked Set B squares with Set A squares. Remaining Rails are matched with plain Light Green squares. Stich twice,1/4" on each side of marked line. Cut on the line creating 12 HST. Press toward light green. You should have 4 each of these pictured patches:



Block A: Split Rail

There are 2 each Split Rail patches. Join opposite Rail patches with smallest points in the center, alternating fabrics harlequin style. Medium Green will be on the outside left and Dark Green will be on the outside right.



Create 2 half blocks. Press left. Join halves with smallest points in the center.



Block B: Clovers

Remaining patches all have Light Green HST. Alternating A and B units, join patches with Light Green corner on the top/left of each patch.



Create 4 half units. Press toward Light Green. Join half sets creating 2 blocks with large Light Green pinwheels.




Join all 3 blocks in a row with Split Rail in the center Sandwich with backing face down and batting in the center. Baste.


Quilt as desired.



Contessa quilted a square around the 3 small center pinwheels, and then quilted the diagonals of each block outward from the corners of the quilted squares.


Finish with binding.



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The fabric on the back of a Quilt Sandwich (Top, Batting and Backing).

Same As: Lining
The layer in the middle of a quilt sandwich between the Top and Backing layers consisting of wool, polyester, blends, silk, or cotton.

Same As: Stuffing, Filling, Wadding, Filler
Binding is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun it is the fabric that's used to cover the raw edges of the quilt sandwich after it's quilted. This edging fabric is referred to as the Binding (noun). As a verb it is the process of putting on this fabric, and it referred to as Binding a Quilt.
The basic unit of a quilt top, usually square but can be rectangular or other shapes. Blocks can be pieced, appliqued or plain.
An individual fabric shape joined with other patches to make a quilt block or sometimes a one patch style quilt. These may be cut from templates, rotary cut or free hand cut.

Same As: Piece

See Also: Double Nine Patch, Four Patch Block, Nine Patch, One Patch
Consists of four right triangles forming a square and then joined together in an alternating fashion.
Method of using an iron to press seams and blocks. This means simply pressing downwards on the seam with the iron from above and not moving the iron back and forth which can distort the block or seam.
Traditional description of a quilt: a sandwich consisting of a Quilt Top, Batting (filling), and a Backing.
A construction technique in which long, narrow pieces of cloth are joined lengthwise, sometimes with long rows of quilt blocks, to form a quilt top. The term "strip" can be used to describe the long pieces of fabric between blocks (see Sashing) or to describe the small, narrow remnants used in string patchwork.

See Also: Sashing
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