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Snowflake Table Runner


My all white theme for decorating this month needed a white on white runner for the kitchen counter. In keeping with the winter theme, I pulled out some whites and found this white snowflake on an ecru background.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

This lacy white on white print would make good snowflakes.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Looking at them together, this is going to be a ‘low volume’ quilt, meaning that there isn’t a lot of contrast between the colors.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

I began by cutting some 3-1/2 inch squares of both colors.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

I marked my usual line for making HSTs and matched up the squares, one white and one ecru.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Chain piece as usual.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Cut apart and press as usual.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Now, take the HSTs and pair with a white 3-1/4-inch square. Place the marked line crossways from the sewn line on the HST.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Sew, press and cut apart, and you’ll have a quarter square triangle on one side, and a half square triangle on the other. Note the seam lines will be a bit different from side to side.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

I was going to make it bigger, but I decided an 8-inch finished block would be better than the 12 I had planned. So, I squared them up to 2-1/2 inches.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Next, I made some additional HSTs.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Then I put the Qst/Hsts in the middle in a pinwheel layout, and added the other pieces around.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Sew them in pairs, laying them back out as you go.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Then sew the rows.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Press the seams opposite on alternate rows ( such as row 1 and 3 left, 2 and 4 right) so you can nest seams. Sew the rows.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

As I lay out the next snowflake, it occurred to me that no two snowflakes are alike, so mine shouldn’t be either. So I did this one differently.  I also started to pay more attention to the seam lines as they made a difference in the overall look of the block.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

I sewed this one in rows too.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

Then a third one. After that I added sashing between the blocks.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

I added an outer border as well, measuring it for precision.

Snowflake Runner | From My Carolina Home

OK, now to quilt it, and we’ll get to that in a bit. I need to decide if ecru or white batting makes a difference.

Snowflake runner | From My Carolina Home

If you’d like to quilt along with this pattern, here is what you need.  I’m giving smaller sizes for cutting than I used because I decided to make it smaller.  Finished size of the runner is 12 x 32.

Ecru Snowflake or background print –
3-1/4″ squares – 9
3-inch squares – 6
2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ rectangles – 4
2-1/2″ x 32″ strips – 2

White on White print –
3-1/4″ squares – 9
3-inch squares – 24

Additional fabric for backing and binding.  Pair the 3-1/4 inch squares white to ecru and make HSTs.  Pair the finished HSTs with the white 3 inch squares sewing cross ways to the seam line on the HST to make a half quarter square triangle unit.  Pair the six 3-inch squares white to ecru and make HSTs.  Square all units to 2-1/2″.  Arrange how you like.   Sew in rows.  Make three blocks.  Add sashing, then side borders.  Quilt as desired.  Bind as usual.

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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home


14 thoughts on “Snowflake Table Runner

  1. It’s going to be beautiful.

  2. I am a lover of the white on white fabrics, so you are speaking my language. Can’t wait to see how you end up quilting your snowflakes.

  3. Lovely! How do you find the time to get so many projects done?! This is a beautiful runner…looking forward to seeing it quilted!

  4. Good Morning Carole! I have to agree with Jan…how do you find the time to get all of these projects done? Yet, I sure am glad that you do! Your splendid artistic abilities with patterns and colors are creating projects that I know are keepers in my home and in so many others also. I would never have attempted to put white and ecru together without another color thinking that they would just disappear. Yet there it is in your photos, shining out so beautifully! Now my dear friend, what a way to tease us all first thing in the morning! Get us all excited with the aspect of seeing your table runner and poof…just a tad bit of a corner photo and no…I will show you later! LOL. I am excited to see what magic you do with the long arm, so have fun and be sure and show us soon.

    The ladies and I are working this week on Project Linus projects. Deanna had done a couple of large blocks using a disappearing 9 patch and I had some large umbrella ladies that were given to me by a lady and so we combined those and made a darling quilt. I have never made a Disappearing any type of block before; so, I decided to embark on that journey for an extra quilt to finish today. Only we all got to gabbing to much yesterday and I did not get far. I must put my foot to the pedal today and get on down the highway and reach my destination! Deanna and I also are going to make a couple of Fleece tied blankets that she is going to show me how to do. Going to be a fun day. Hopefully, her and I will get together this weekend and put together your table runner and finish a couple other projects also.

    Have a fantastic creative day!

  5. Absolutely beautiful cant´t wait to see it finished!

  6. Good evening. I just wanted to let you know I have nothing in my email about the snowflake table runner  The email is totally empty. If you could resend it to me that would be wonderful. Thanks Have a great evening

  7. I love this Carole, it is beautiful!
    I have been reading, I just….. bleh, had a tummy bug, nothing horrible, just kind of listless.
    Anyway, I am breathing.
    I adore this runner. I probably have some fabrics like this upstairs.
    Stay warm…. and try to stay out of doctor offices. 😛

  8. Thank you for the heads up on the EQ7 contest. Also, I love your white theme for January. It’s such a sophisticated look. I can’t wait to see how you quilt the table runner. It’s a project that I definitely want to make! Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Can’t wait to see this lovely runner quilted! 🙂

  10. I like it too. Subtile but sophisticated. I’m looking forward to seeing the end result.

  11. This is absolutely beautiful, I admire all the hard work and patience you put into it. Valerie

  12. I’m sure your runner will look beautiful once finished.

  13. Such a gorgeous quilt! The beautiful fabrics in neutral tones make it so peaceful. I’m in awe of the work and patience that have to go in such a quilt. Beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful weekend, xx

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