Charmed Living Runner

Hi all! I'm Rebecca Silbaugh from Ruby Blue Quilting Studio. I'm pleased to introduce you to my Charmed Living Runner design. This is my first project for the Moda Bake Shop (Thanks Moda!) and I could be more excited to share it with you. It's a great project to make for you or as a gift. With the variety of charm packs available, you can make this out of any fabric and it will look spectacular. Also included are optional applique instructions. Feel free to change the applique to suit your fabrics or leave it out entirely.

I hope you enjoy this pattern and have as much fun making one as I have. For more information on who I am and what other patterns I have designed, please check out my blog at Also, for wholesale inquiries or more information on where my patterns are sold, please e-mail me at

* 1 Moda charm pack
* Backing - 3/4 Yard
* Binding - 1/4 Yard

If you decide to add an applique embellishment to your table runner you will need:
* 16" square scrap for the flower petals
* 4" square scrap for the large flower center
* 2" x 4" scrap for the small flower center
* 6" square scrap for the leaves
* 1 Yard Green 1/2" ricrac for flower stems
* Threads to match

Begin by separating each of the charm squares into piles. There will be a pile for each piece that will need to be cut. This is a good planning step to make sure you distribute the colors.

You will need one pile with 3 squares, one with 18 squares, one with 11 squares, and one with 8 squares. Keep in mind it might be helpful to use smaller prints in the pile with 11 squares since they will be cut the smallest.

Cut each of the 3 squares from the first pile into 4 equal 2-1/2" squares.

Trim the next 18 squares to 5" x 4-1/2" pieces. Re-trim each of these into 2 pieces measuring 2-1/2" x 4-1/2".
Cut the next 11 squares into 9 pieces, 1-1/2" square each.

Cut last 8 squares into 2 pieces each: 1-1/2" x 5" and 3-1/2" x 5". All of these pieces will be used in the borders. Set them aside for now.

Pair together two 1-1/2" squares at random, designating one as a "light" and one as a "dark". Make 48 pairs pressing the seam to the "dark".

Match two of the pairs shown above. Offset the "darks" to create a scrappy four patch. Do this for all pairs, creating a total or 24 four patches.

Sew a 2-1/2" square to the side of a four patch. Make 12.

Sew a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" strip along the bottom of each of the 12 units from above.

Stitch another 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" strip along the side of each block being made.

Sew each of the remaining four patches onto the end of a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" piece. Make 12.

Sew the strip segment made above along the bottom of the block. Repeat this step for all 12 blocks. Each block should measure 6-1/2" square.

Stitch all of the blocks together in a 3 x 4 setting, rotating blocks as you lay them out.

Pair each of the border pieces (set aside earlier). Alternate fabrics, designating one as the "dark" like we did making the four patches earlier. Four small pieces need to be "darks" and four of the bigger pieces need to be "darks". Press seams toward the "darks".

Alternate the small and large "dark" pieces by sewing 4 units together side to side. Make 2 borders. Each border should measure 4-1/2" x 18-1/2".

Stitch the borders along both ends of the runner. At this point you can choose to embellish the runner with applique or leave as is.

This is the same runner once the applique has been added.

Here's a close up of the applique along the bordered edge of the runner. Now all that's left is to quilt and bind! Quilt as elaborate or simple as you like (I usually "over-quilt" my table runners in case I want to set "stuff" on it. It seems to help the "stuff" from being wobbly. Less wiggle room!)

One table runner measuring 18" x 32", perfect for anyone! It's so quick and easy I can promise you that once you've made one, you'll want to make more! For color options of this pattern, please visit my blog at

If you create one of these incredible table runners, please e-mail me at and I will post your picture on my blog! Thanks again and I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!


Bobbie said...

How beautiful!!Love the colors,and the applique!

Cottonpickers Quilt Shop said...

Congratulations Becky!! I love the quilt & the fabric. Thanks for such great instructions too! Can't wait to see what's next!

vrsidley said...

Love it! It makes me want to make a cup of tea, relax and keep quilting.

Karyli said...

Very beautiful! I love the applique and the bright colors.

Darlene Gerber said...

Great job Becky!! Hope to see more from you in the future!!!

Ellie-CraftSewCreate said...

Love it! The flower is just the right touch.

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HoopDeeDoo said...

Just beautiful! Congrats on your first Moda project! Looking forward to your next! :)

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Very cute! I love the applique! :)

Connie said...

Thank for the great project! I love this runner, the fabric you choose, and the flower especially. Hope to see more projects from you in the future.

ohiostar5 said...

Love this little runner. I recently discovered the versatility of charm packs after making two Schnibble quilts. Charm packs allow me to use a new line of fabric in colors and patterns that I may not even interest me at the quilt shop. Signed up for you blog---keep the patterns coming and thank you for sharing. BettyLou

My beloveds domesticated nerd said...

OK, I think I can do this. I've wanted to learn to quilt for quite awhile, but am terribly intimidated by the whole process. This table runner looks amazing yet simple enough to make for a newbie such as myself.

Magicaldamselfly said...

I love this, it is so pretty but is there a pattern for the flower or is it a by-guess, by-gosh thing?

Ruby Blue Quilting Studio said...

The applique page didn't work on the printable version like I'd hoped. If anyone would like to e-mail me to get a copy of the applique instructions, please do so. You can reach me at! Sorry for the mix up!

Ruby Blue Quilting Studio said...

The applique instructions are available in the printable pattern. The last page will give you the templates and instructions you need. Sorry for the confusion!