This is it! The final clue for the Thanksgiving scrappy mystery table runner! If you are just joining us, it’s not too late.
- Clue #1: Introduction and Material List
- Clue #2: Stitch-and Flip Units
- Clue #3: Triangle-Square Units, Flying Geese and Sections
Don’t forget 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!
Tricia and I selected the fabric for our Thanksgiving table runner but we’ve both admitted we were a little nervous about how it would turn out. We kept it a mystery between us when we chose the individual fabrics for our assigned patches, units and sections.
We wanted a fun project for you to do in between the Halloween mystery quilt and the upcoming Holiday mystery quilt. But because we decided to do this mystery quilt at the last minute, we did not sew our complete project and then go back and write the instructions, as we typically would do.
We’ve been working busily to stay ahead of you. We are usually just five days or so ahead of the release of the next clue. So, I finished this on Sunday before this clue goes live on Thursday. When I finished and I liked it, I was so relieved. And Tricia likes it too!
So let’s get on with making our table runner.
We have a few more pieces to cut for clue #4.
Cutting Instructions for Clue #4
Assorted Dark Brown Batiks
1 square 7-1/4” x 7-1/4” cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 quarter square triangles (P)
Assorted Red Batiks
1 square (G) 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”
1 square (Q) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
Assorted Medium Brown Batiks
* 2 squares 4-3/8” x 4-3/8” cut in half diagonally to make 4 half square triangles (S)
Assorted Cream Batiks
4 squares (F) 2” x 2”
4 squares 2-5/8” x 2-5/8” cut in half diagonally to make 8 half square triangles (R)
Dark Brown Batik
2 strips 1-1/2” x 36-1/2”, for border 1
2 strips 1-1/2” x 14-1/2”, for border 1
Medium Brown Batiks
2 strips 3” x 38-1/2” for border 2
2 strips 3” x 14-1/2” for border 2
Backing: 1-1/2 yards
Batting: 23” x 47”
Binding: 4 strips 2-1/2” x 40”
* In order for my S’s to be more scrappy, I cut 4 squares 4-3/8” x 4-3/8”, and cut them in half diagonally to make 8 half square triangles (S). I put the 4 extra S’s aside to use another day.
Now on to the sewing.
Making the Blocks
Denise Starck, designer of the Mystery of the Thanksgiving Table Runner selected three different block designs from Quiltmaker’s 1 ,000 Blocks book, a collection of quilt blocks from the popular 16-issue series of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. We’ve recolored the blocks in fall colored batiks for our Thanksgiving Mystery quilt table runner.
Block 1 was designed by Gudren Erla and is in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 1.
1. Trim the section 3’s and section 4’s that you made in clue # 3. Place your ruler on the edge of the N and cut away the excess of the green batik so your section 3’s and 4’s are triangles.
2. Join red batik Q, 4 dark brown P’s, 6 unit 1’s, 2 unit 2’s, 2 unit 3’s, 2 unit 4’s, 4 unit 5’s, 8 section 1’s, 4 section 3’s, and 4 section 4’s as shown to make block 1.
Block 2 was designed by Melissa Harris and Arlene Stamper for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 8.
3. Join red G, 4 medium brown S’s, 8 assorted cream batik R’s, 4 unit 3’s, 4 unit 4’s, 4 Flying Geese 1’s, 4 unit 10’s and 4 unit 11’s as shown to make block 2.
Block 3 is in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 10 and was designed by Corey Yoder.
4. Join 4 cream F’s, 8 unit 12’s, 8 unit 13’s, 4 section 2’s, 1 section 5, 4 Flying Geese 2’s, 4 Flying Geese 3’s, and 4 Flying Geese 4’s as shown to make block 3.
Assemble the Table Runner
5. Stitch blocks 1, 2, and 3 together as shown.
6. Matching centers and ends, join 36-1/2” dark brown border 1 strips to top and bottom of table runner. Repeat to add 14-1/2” dark brown border 1 strips to sides of table runner.
7. Matching centers and ends, join 38 ½” medium brown border 2 strips to top and bottom of table runner. Join unit 14’s to both ends of the 14-1/2” border 2 strips and stitch them to sides of the table runner.
8. Layer, baste and quilt the table runner as desired.
I think Thanksgiving is a lot about eating, and now you have something beautiful for your Thanksgiving table or to give as a hostess gift if you are going to be spending the day at someone else’s home.
If you’d like other ideas for holiday decorating, we’ve put together an eBook, Holiday Table Runners with 6 different holiday table runners. It includes patterns for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah table runners.
Another favorite Thanksgiving table decoration is the Let’s Talk Turkey, a table topper designed by Jenny Doan.
And just one more idea for you, Mark Lipinski’s video on making borders for holiday quilts using strips has some good information.
We hope you enjoyed the Mystery of the Thanksgiving Table Runner. Be sure to come back for our next mystery. We have an awesome host designer working on a special holiday mystery quilt for you. The best part . . . you can have this quilt all finished to decorate your home or give as a gift before Christmas. We know it’s going to be a fun project to make!
And until then…