Mystery Quilt! Mystery of the Scrappy Thanksgiving Table Runner: Clue 3

Thanksgiving Mystery Quilt

Welcome back to the Mystery of the Scrappy Thanksgiving Table Runner! We’re going to make the remaining parts of the scrappy table runner: units, Flying Geese and sections. Along with these and the stitch-and-flip units made in clue #2 you’ll be ready to take on clue #4, THE BIG REVEAL, piecing blocks and borders. Your Thanksgiving table runner will be finished just in time for fall holiday decorating.

It’s not too late to join the mystery.

This scrappy table runner is a quick-to-make project, using common quilting techniques. You can find clues #1 and #2 through the links below.

• Introduction and clue #1, which includes the Material List
Clue #2: Stitch-and Flip Units

And… we encourage you to join our Facebook group at #TQCMysteryQuilt to see how other quilters are making their Thanksgiving table runners. It’s really fun to see the fabrics they selected and watch them come together with each of the clues. We hope you will join us on social media!

Partnering on the Mystery Quilt

As many of you already know, I am partnering with Lori Baker, the Quilting Company Acquisitions Editor, for this mysterious adventure. We are taking turns piecing the parts of the quilt top and writing the clues to share with you. She made a great point in clue #2 when she mentioned accuracy is even more important when sharing the sewing of a project. She is right! I am even more conscious about making accurate seams so our parts join together well. (I doubt she fudges to make ends meet, so to speak, as I sometimes need to do.) Of course, it doesn’t help that I think she has an incredible talent for all things quilty! No doubt, that adds just a little pressure.

We’ve had a great time planning this table runner project, bringing together our fall-colored batik fabrics, selecting just the right ones, together and separately. We’ve been exchanging our Golden Quilting Company red stash bag for a couple of weeks now, handing it off and carrying it back and forth to the office.

The Red Stash Bag of Thanksgiving Table Runner Batiks

The Red Stash Bag of Thanksgiving Table Runner Batiks

We decided early to make the table runner really scrappy, with an assortment of cream, rust, red, green and brown fabrics. We intentionally focused on making an unplanned scrappy patch placement. Because we are each contributing units and sections to all three of the blocks we are also selecting the fabrics from our stash assortment as we cut the patches. I admit I’ve been a little nervous about choosing the fabrics independently. How this scrappy table runner is going to turn out is a mystery to me. What if I don’t select the right batik prints to mix with the prints she chooses? I told Lori about my anxiety and she said, “You just make all of your units, put it on your design wall and move them around until they look good.” Good advice. She has a head for common sense. (And as I learned from the British I need to, “Just Carry On Tricia.”)

Let’s get started with clue #3.

The cutting list for Clue #3 is listed below. I sighed with relief when I saw Lori’s finished stitch-and-flip units. I think our assorted fabric choices are going to work just fine in the finished Thanksgiving table runner.

Lori and I are in sync with our fabric choices. It’s all about reading the fabrics to find shades of the same color that work together.

Lori and I are in sync with our fabric choices. It’s all about reading the fabrics to find shades of the same color that work together.

Cutting Instructions for Clue #3

Assorted Red Batiks
4 squares (F) 2” x 2”
4 squares (H) 2⅜” x 2⅜”

Assorted Cream Batiks
8 rectangles (A) 1½” x 2½”
8 squares (B) 1½” x 1½”
8 squares (H) 2⅜” x 2⅜”
2 squares (J) 4¼“ x 4¼“
1 square (K) 2¾” x 2¾”
4 squares (N) 2⅞” x 2⅞” cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles
4 squares (O) 1¼“ x 1¼“

Assorted Rust Batiks
4 squares (F) 2” x 2”
12 squares (H) 2⅜” x 2⅜”
1 square (J) 4¼“ x 4¼“
4 rectangles (M) 2” x 3½”

Assorted Dark Brown Batiks
1 square (F) 2” x 2”
2 squares (I) 3⅜” x 3⅜”
4 squares (L) 1⅝” x 1⅝”

Assorted Medium Brown Batiks
2 squares (I) 3⅜” x 3⅜”

Assorted Green Batiks
4 squares (H) 2⅜” x 2⅜”
1 square (J) 4¼“ x 4¼“

Assorted Gold Batiks
8 squares (B) 1½” x 1½”
4 squares (H) 2⅜” x 2⅜”

Piecing Table Runner Units and Sections

Note: Before you start piecing, you might want to organize all the pieces and parts for the Mystery of the Thanksgiving Table Runner. Lori and I labeled each of the units, Flying Geese and sections and placed them in small plastic bags. This little bit organization will pay off when you are ready to piece the rest of the table runner.

Triangle-Square Units

I love making triangle-squares. I don’t know what it is about them, but I’ve discovered they can give you all kinds of options for a unique quilt design. And, they really are easy to make. I’m giving you step-by-step instructions to make 2 at a time. If you have other projects that require a larger number of triangle-squares, check out 8-at-a-Time Triangle-Squares from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting to learn how to make a lot of them in less time. (For a great scrappy triangle-squares quilt project, you need to see Jean Nolte’s design, Scrappy Triangles.)

Unit 12

Unit 12 of the Thanksgiving mystery quilt. Make 8.

Unit 12. Make 8.

1. Place the right sides of an assorted cream H and an assorted red H together as shown. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the lighter patch.

2. Stitch ¼“ out from both sides of the line.

3. Cut apart on the marked line to make 2 triangle-squares.

4. Open the fabrics and press the seam towards the darker fabric.

5. Trim the edges of the squares if you’d like, although it isn’t necessary.

Each pair of two squares makes 2 triangle-square units. Make 8 unit 12.

Units 13 and 14

Unit 13. Make 8. Unit 14. Make 4 for the Thanksgiving Mystery Quilt

Unit 13. Make 8. Unit 14. Make 4.

Using the same triangle-squares technique, pair assorted cream H and assorted rust H to make 8 Unit 13’s.

Unit 14 is made with larger squares and the same triangle-squares technique. Pair assorted dark brown I and assorted medium brown I to make 4 unit 14’s.

Flying Geese Units

When I began working at The Quilting Company calculating the number of patches for Flying Geese units gave me a lot of headaches. It really helped to use the Fast Flying Geese technique to sort out the counts: 1 large square and 4 small squares = 4 Flying Geese. For the scrappy Thanksgiving table runner we need to make 4 each of 5 different-colored Flying Geese sets. Here are the steps to make 4 Flying Geese at a time.

Flying Geese 1

Flying Geese 1. Steps 1-3 of the Thanksgiving Mystery quilt

Flying Geese 1. Steps 1-3.

1. Align 2 assorted rust H patches on opposite corners of an assorted cream J as shown.

2. Draw a diagonal line across the H patches.

3. Stitch ¼“ out from both sides of the line as you did with the triangle-squares, except this time stitch across both of the H patches.

Flying Geese 1. Step 4 of the Thanksgiving Mystery Quilt

Flying Geese 1. Step 4.

4. Cut apart along the diagonal line.

Flying Geese 1. Step 5 Thanksgiving Mystery Quilt

Flying Geese 1. Step 5.

5. Open up the small squares and press the unit as shown.

Check point: Are you still with me? If this is your first Flying Geese experience I know you might be wondering; what in the world is she doing??

Flying Geese 1. Steps 6 and 7 of the Thanksgiving Mystery Quilt

Flying Geese 1. Steps 6 and 7.

6. On the remaining corner of each of the opened pieced patches, place two more assorted rust H’s as shown.

7. Repeat drawing a diagonal line, stitching and cutting apart the patches as you did in Steps 2-4.

8. Press the small squares open.

And, there you have it, the 4 Flying Geese 1’s you need for the table runner!

Flying Geese 1. Make 4 for the Thanksgiving Mystery Quilt

Flying Geese 1. Make 4.

Flying Geese 2-5

Using the same method used for Flying Geese 1, use the following patches to make 4 each of Flying Geese 2-5.

Flying Geese 2: Pair 1 assorted cream J and 4 assorted green H.

Flying Geese 3: Pair 1 assorted green J and 4 assorted rust H.

Flying Geese 4: Pair 1 assorted rust J and 4 assorted gold H.

Flying Geese 5: Pair 1 assorted cream K and 4 assorted dark brown L.

Flying Geese 2: Make 4. Flying Geese 3. Make 4. Flying Geese 4. Make 4. Flying Geese 5. Make 4

Flying Geese 2: Make 4.
Flying Geese 3. Make 4.
Flying Geese 4. Make 4.
Flying Geese 5. Make 4.

I’m not saying I’m a big fan of making Flying Geese just yet, but… there sure are a lot of fabulous quilt designs from this technique. Check out our Lookbook for the September/October issue of Quiltmaker for total inspiration! You might discover you want to make a whole quilt of Flying Geese. Fall Migration, designed by Terri Peterson, is my favorite in this issue. Oh!, and then a Quilting Company project called Winter Migration, a design by Sharon Denny Parcel. Want even more inspiration? Check out all of these modern quilts with Flying Geese! Ok, I know, for someone who isn’t all about making Flying Geese, I’m getting carried away. I’ll stop now. (But, you really should check them out.)

Getting on with making clue #3 for the Thanksgiving table runner…

Sections

Sections 1 and 2

Section 3. Make 4. Section 4. Make 4.

Section 1. Make 8.
Section 2. Make 4.

After all that detailed construction, I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that sections 1 and 2 are easy piecing.

1. Using 1 assorted cream A, a different assorted cream B, and an assorted gold B, sew them together as shown to make section 1. Make 8.

2. Using 1 assorted rust M, a different assorted rust F and an assorted red F, join to make section 2. Make 4.

Sections 3 and 4

Section 3. Make 4. Section 4. Make 4.

Section 3. Make 4.
Section 4. Make 4.

Sections 3 and 4 are also easily pieced. You are going to use units that you made in clue #2 to make these sections. Before you start, notice in the photo that the direction of placement for units 6 and 7 is different. (Make sure you’ve pulled the correct units from clue #2.)

1. Watching the direction of the triangle placement, sew an assorted cream N to a unit 6 to make section 3 as shown. Make 4.

2. Again, paying attention to placement, join an assorted cream N to a unit 7 to make section 4. Make 4.

Section 5

Section 5. Make 1.

Section 5. Make 1.

We are almost to the finished line for clue #3. If you’ve made a Sawtooth Star before, you know what to do. You’ll use the Flying Geese 5 you made for this clue to make the star for the Thanksgiving table runner.

1. Sew together 2 assorted cream O and 1 Flying Geese 5 to make the top row of the star as shown.

2. Join 2 Flying Geese 5 and the assorted dark brown F to make the middle row of the star.

3. Select 2 different assorted cream O and 1 Flying Geese 5 to make the bottom row of the star.

4. Join the rows together as shown to complete section 5. Make 1.

Finally… we made it through clue #3 of the Mystery of the Scrappy Thanksgiving Table Runner. I think you are going to enjoy clue #4 with Lori. It’s THE BIG REVEAL! You’ll sew all of the pieced parts you’ve made together into 3 blocks, add some borders, and you’ll be ready for quilting, and to get your runner on the table for the turkey!

It’s been a pleasure.
Happy Quilting!

Hold on a sec… I wouldn’t be doing my job to inspire you if I didn’t tell you about a couple more table runner ideas. The Quilting Company Design team selected a fantastic collection of holiday table runners from several of our publications to create an eBook, Holiday Table Runners. It contains 6 patterns to take you through the entire holiday season, including one to beat the winter blues. It’s full of great table runner quilty fun!

 

Table runner projects for the holidays, to keep or gift!

Table runner projects for the holidays, to keep or gift!

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