Garden Charm Table Runner

by Marlene Biles/ Sipiweske Quilts

My first Bake Shop recipe!!! I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to share one of my ideas with you for using those adorable little 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Bake Shop Sampler charm squares. If you are like me, you've had that gorgeous box safely tucked away on a shelf so that you could admire it from afar . . . but this thing just need to be used!

So go grab up your sampler box and choose a little charmer pack or any assortment of 2 1/2" squares that you have laying around and let's get started . . .

*Yardage is based on 42 inch wide fabric
  • 40, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Garden Party Bake Shop Sampler squares
  • 5/8 yard Bella Solid in Natural for background fabric
  • 1/2 yard of backing fabric
  • 1/4 yard of binding fabric
  • small amounts of lightweight fusible web
  • thread to match applique
  • 16 x 39 inch quilt batting
  • 6 medium/large buttons
  • 6 mini buttons

Block Cutting and Assembly

From the background fabric cut the following:

Cut 1, 2 1/2 x 42 inch strip
  • Sub-cut into 9, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch squares - set three of these aside for block centers
  • Using the 6 remaining 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch squares, cut once diagonally across the blocks to create 12 corner triangles.

Cut 1, 4 1/8 x 42 inch strip
  • Sub-cut into: 6, 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inch squares
  • Cut twice on the diagonal to create 24 side triangles

Now it's time to break open that little charm pack and choose 4, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch squares for the appliqued flowers - set aside.

Using the remaining 36 squares and all of your cut background pieces - lay out 3 blocks as shown above.

Using a 1/4 seam, stitch the rows together and then add the corner triangles. Square up the blocks to measure 9 x 9 inches.

Quilt Cutting and Assembly

From the background fabric:
  • Cut 1, 14 x 42 inch strip
  • Sub-cut into 1, 14 x 14 inch square and cut twice on the diagonal to create 4 side triangles
From the remaining 14 x 28 inch strip, cut a 7 1/4 inch strip and then sub-cut it into 2, 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 inch squares and cut once on the diagonal to create the four corner triangles.

Lay out the quilt as shown above.
Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch the diagonal rows together and then add the corner triangles.

Straighten the sides of your table runner as shown above ensuring that you retain your 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Applique Instructions

Cut 4 pieces of fusible web 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

Position the fusible web squares (paper side up) over the Template and trace. (Please note: once you open the document do not click on the "print" button - the pattern will be HUGE. Click on the "download" button and make sure that "pdf" is selected - click download and then open. The view may be set at 247% . . . just change that to 100% or even click print and it should be fine. The little pattern template should measure 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches - the exact same size as your mini charms.)

Position the fusible squares onto the backs of the four squares you previously set aside and fuse in place.

Cut out each shape on the drawn lines.

Measure 3 inches out from the point where two blocks intersect and fuse a circle print.

Thread your machine with a thread in a shade slightly darker than the fabric you are stitching. Match your bobbin thread with your background fabric.

Set your machine to a small blanket stitch and stitch around the circles.

Position the petals on top of the stitched circles ensuring that the petals are close enough together in the center so that they will be covered by the large button you have chosen. Fuse in place and blanket stitch around each petal.
Button - time!

I used buttons in the center of the top and bottom blocks and left the center block without a button. This is where I will place a plant pot or bowl and I want to ensure that whatever is put there will sit flat.

Knot your thread and come up from the back of the quilt top through one of the holes on the large button.

Drop one of the mini buttons onto the needle and go down through the other hole and through the large button hole as well. Repeat and tie off.


Layer your quilt top, batting and backing using your favorite basting method. If you want to round your corners, use an old CD and pencil to mark a curve.

Machine quilt with a meandering pattern or a design of your choice. Be sure to avoid the buttons as you come to them. Trim the corners on the drawn lines to create a gentle curve.


Cut 3, 2 1/4 x 42 inch strips and stitch together end to end to create a continuous binding strip. Press seams.

Fold strip in half lengthwise and press.

With raw edges aligned, stitch to the right side of the quilt using a 1/4 inch seam, mitering corners as you come to them (for square corners) or easing the binding around the curves. Clip curved edges and hand stitch binding to the backing fabric making sure to cover all machine stitching.

One super cute 13 x 37 1/2 inch table runner.

I'm using mine on my patio table for the summer and love how it brightens up the deck. This project would look awesome in just about any fabric line . . . just imagine a Halloween or Christmas print with little pumpkins or presents in place of the flower appliques - the sky really is the limit!

If you have any questions or comments I'd love to hear from you.

Happy sewing!

Marlene Biles


KarrieLyne said...

Congrats on your first recipe!!! And what a cute one it is!!! :)

Kim Walus said...

I love your table runner. It's really cute and charming. Thanks for sharing it with us and welcome to the Bake Shop.

Gudi said...

Its very nice and I love it, but, I can't download or print these wonderful table runner.

Kort og Søm said...

So cute!!
Fredrikke :O)

MawMawinArkansas said...

Love the table runner. I too have a few boxes of those adorable 2 1/2 squares tucked aways...this is a great idea for those! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your first recipe!

KaHolly said...

Very sweet!! I'm loving it! ~karen

joan said...

Asolutely lovely! FYI the printer friendly link does not work but it will not keep me from making this beautiful table runner. Congratulation on your first submission and I will keep a look out for more!

Jewel said...

Thanks so much! I have a few of them left with no idea what to do with them this will make wonderful CHristmas presents.

Andrea said...

So pretty! Congrats on your first recipe!

teresamnj said...

Adorable! I just checked out your website and I love, love, love your patterns!

teresamnj said...

Forgot to add, love your blog too!

Quilter Going Bananas said...

From one Manitoban to another, Congrats Marlene!!! Love the tablerunner, looks great on your patio table.

Vivian said...

Thanks for a great patterns. I can't wait to make this one.

eamylove said...

Love it, love it, love it! Great job on this, and I hope you'll give more recipes soon!

madebymum said...

this is just beautiful I think I am going to have to make one.

Agnes said...

Hi Marlene from a former Hamiota resident. Great to see you spreading your quilting wings. That's a cute runner pattern. I may just have to make it. For those with printer, etc issues what I do is copy to Word and I can then print it.

Queenmothermamaw said...

I like that too. The size is perfect for a small table. I have some guilt pieces I need to use. thanks for the recipe. blessings

Marielle said...

I love the way you make the flowers with the button center. Thanks so much for this recipe

Heather McArthur said...

Colngratulations, Marlene - what a sweet project! I'm making this one for sure!

Little Green Doll said...

wow! it's very beautiful!!

Simone de Klerk said...

I absolutely love this tablerunner!!!

Trisha said...

i love the details! they're so cute! :D


aplainpath said...

Love this! Just made this recipe out of some scrap fabric I had on hand. A photo is on my blog!

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Busy Mama said...

This project is riddled with errors. As a quilter who has been quilting for about half my life, I encountered at least two major errors in this project. First, to make triangles that will fill in the squares for the blocks, you cannot cut them out of squares the same size as the other squares -- they need to be 7/8 inch larger! Second, the applique pattern will not fit on the 2 1/2 inch charms. UGH -- what a frustrating experience!

Sipiweske Quilts said...

Hi Busy Mama (previous post) - I'm so sorry that you ran into some difficulty with the pattern. I've made it four times and I've had many other people make it and post to tell me that everything worked fine - please contact me with any specific questions that you have. Sometimes people have different ways of doing things, interpreting things, or use larger seams than others and that is all it takes to throw things out of whack. I encourage anyone to contact me directly with concerns. Happy quilting!!!!