Travel Plans: Abigail Dolinger’s Table Runner Quilt Pattern | McCall’s Quilting Blog

Abigail Dolinger

Welcome guest blogger and quilt designer, Abigail Dolinger. Aby’s new quilt pattern, Travel Plans, uses an elongated version of the classic Trip Around the World quilt block. Her easy-to-piece table runner quilt pattern is refreshing. Whether you choose coordinating prints like Abigail did, or use your favorite scrappy prints, you’ll have a lovely, versatile centerpiece for entertaining family and friends. It’s a wonderful design that comes together quickly! You’ll find this quilt in the McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2017 issue. We’re happy to have Aby here to talk about her quilt!

Hello, Quilters. I am excited to share behind-the-scenes info with you about my “Travel Plans” table runner!

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Travel Plans Table Runner

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Designed by Abigail Dolinger

When designing this table runner quilt, I experimented with elongating a Trip Around the World design, working with rectangles instead of squares. I also had in mind a link-up connection of the three motifs. Using my Electric Quilt computer program, I tried out various colorations of the design. McCall’s Quilting editors selected a red, white, and blue palette, but I think the design would be equally pretty with Easter/spring, fall, or Christmas themed fabrics.

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“Travel Plans” fabrics are from Gerri Robinson’s American Beauty line for Red Rooster fabrics. Aren’t they gorgeous? I appreciate the vintage motifs paired with saturated country red and blue. I can envision decorating an entire room around this fabric. Curtains or valances sewn from the large scale Jacobean print would beautifully complement the “Travel Plans” runner. I truly enjoyed creating the table runner quilt with this red, tan, and blue collection.

Construction Tip:  If you press the seams of the first and third motifs (Picture A), and press the seams of the center motif (Picture B), the seam allowances will mesh nicely when connecting the three motifs together.

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Picture A

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Picture B

On my domestic machine, I quilted the runner diagonally through all the rectangles, continuing the quilting lines throughout the background and border. This created a classic cross-hatch design. Four types of sewing guides were used:  blue water soluble marker, chalk, masking tape, and the quilting guide (pictured below). In retrospect, the marker and the chalk helped me achieve straighter lines.

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“Travel Plans,” measuring at 18″ x 67″, is suitable for a sizeable table, and it would be equally pretty as a bed runner atop a tan, red, or blue bedspread. McCall’s Quick Quilts printed a bonus idea—placemats made of just one “Travel Plans” motif each. I suggest decreasing the size of the rectangles, cutting them 2″ x 2¾” for this project.

What are your plans for traveling this spring? Although you might not take a “trip around the world,” I hope a trip to a quilt shop will find you hunting fabric for this quick and easy runner, “Travel Plans.” I’d love to see a picture of your project; email a digital photo to

Thank you, Aby!

If you’d like to make a Travel Plans quilt — table runner — and don’t already have a copy of the McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2017 issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Travel Plans quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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