Children's Bed Runner & Matching Quilt

I am always excited to share a project with you using the beautiful fabrics from Moda. Today's project is using a marriage of a Bella solid - American Blue 9900-174 with Sweetwater's Lucy's Crab Shack. This collection is a wonderful mix of colours suitable for both girls and boys.

The triangle blocks used in this projects are cut without templates. Therefore each block may have a unique character.

The quilt and runner were designed for a king single bed (mattress size approx. 42" x 80").

  • 1 - F8 Bundle of Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater (31 SKU's)
  • 8.5 yards solid ( Bella Solid American Blue 9900-174)
  • 7 yards for quilt backing / runner centre - light blue dot (5486-22 Ocean)
  • Fusible webbing
  • 7 yards of trim or bias binding.
  • Dark blue embroidery floss

Please read instructions for both quilt and runner before starting.

From the solid blue cut:
  • 3 - 13 1/2" x 90" strips for solid rows
  • 22 - 9" x 9" squares (Piece 1)
  • 22 - 2" x 7" rectangles for Block B
  • 22 - 2" x 16 1/2" strips for sashing
From the prints cut:
  • 44 - 6 1/2" x 9" rectangles (Piece 2)
  • 36 - 2 1/2" x 10" strips for scrappy binding (Calculated for binding joined with a straight seam not at a 45 degree angle )
From the light blue dot cut:
  • 5.5 yards and halve to make 2.75 yard pieces. Join lengthwise to make backing piece.
From the solid blue cut:
  • 2 - 24" x 16" for pocket backing
  • 2 - 26" x 41" and join to make 26" x 82" piece for runner backing
  • 8 - 2 1/2" strips for pocket and runner binding
From the prints cut:
  • 8 - 5" x 5" squares for applique
From the light blue dot cut:
  • 11 1/4" x 46" rectangle
  • 2 - 15 1/2" x 22 1/4"
T-shirt applique template can be found in the PDF version of this post.


Block A - Large Flag, 22 blocks
  • Find the centre of Piece 1 by folding lengthwise in half and finger pressing.
  • Lay right side up.
  • Find centre of Piece 2 and place right side up on Piece 1 using matching the centres. ( 3 1/4" )
  • Cut a triangle by starting at the 3 1/4" centre mark and ending at the bottom corners of Piece 2.
  • Important :Keep the offcuts aside for use in the runner
  • Using a 1/4" seam, sew from base of triangle to point. Press towards the solid. Repeat for the other side.
  • Use the 3 1/2" marking on the ruler to find midpoint of triangle. Trim block back to 7" x 8 1/2" leaving 1/4" inch seam allowance above triangle point.

  • Make 44
FInished Block 7" x 8 1/2"
Block B - Small Flags, 22 blocks
  • Use 22 of the large flags and trim block to 7" x 7" using the 3 1/2" marking on the ruler to find midpoint of the triangle.
  • Add a 2" x 7" strip of solid to the base of each block

  • Make 22. Finished size 7" x 8 1/2"
Quilt Assembly
  • Layout pairs of Block A and Block B in rows of 11, alternating between the large and small flags. 
  • Label the rows 1 and 2. 

Hint: For Row 1, I started with Block A and row 2, Block B.
  • Sew pairs together.
  • Sew a 2" x 16 1/2" sashing strip to the tops of each block in Row 1.
  • Sew a 2" x 16 1/2" sashing strip to the base of each block in Row 2.

  • Measure through the centre of each row and note length. They should be approximately 88 1/2".
  • Cut the solid 13 1/2" x 90" strips to the measured length
  • Sew finished rows and solid strips together.
  • Layout and pin trim, meandering down centre of flag blocks. Attach to quilt using a zig zag stitch and matching thread.
Hint: I chose a trim with a flower to make the quilt suitable for a girl. You could use a 1/4" wide bias strip instead.

  • Quilt as desired and bind using a scrappy binding made from joining 10" x 2 1/2" strips of the print fabric together with a straight seam.

Block C - Make 44
  • Using the off-cuts from Blocks A and B, sew a print each side to the solid triangle.
  • Press seams towards the print.
  • Use the 2 1/2" marking on the ruler to find midpoint of triangle. Trim block back to 5" x 6" leaving 1/4" inch seam allowance above triangle point.
Finished block 5" x 6"
  • Make 44

  • Sew 4 - Block C to make a row.
  • Repeat for Rows 2 and 3.
  • Sew Rows together reversing the direction of Row 2

  • Layer the pocket backing, wadding* (*batting) and pocket front and quilt as desired. Trim back to 14" x 22 1/4".

  • Cut 2 - pieces of 2 1/2 x 22 1/4" binding strips and bind top edge of pockets

Centre piece
  • Sew 10 Block C's together. Alternate the triangles facing up and down - Row 1
  • Repeat for bottom row - Row 3. Finished size of Rows 1 and 3 - 6" x 46"
  • Take Row 2 - (11 1/4" x 46" blue spot rectangle) and sew Rows 1, 2 and 3 together

  • Using left over trim from bed quilt, undulate the trim starting 3" from top of row 2. Pin and sew in place.
  • Trace T-Shirt pattern onto dull side of fusible webbing. Cut around shape leaving 1/8" allowance. Press shape onto wrong side of fabric and cut on pencil line. Peel off backing and position on Row 2. Press onto Row 2 just below trim. Using your favourite appliqué stitch, sew around edge of T-shirts.
  • Using a few strands of dark blue embroidery floss. Sew little clothes pegs from trim to T-shirt.

Runner Assembly

  • Sew the 15 1/2" x 22 1/4" blue dot rectangles to each end of the centre section.

  • Layer the backing, wadding and centre piece and quilt as desired.
  • Place the pockets at each end of the finished centre piece and attach the pockets, using a tacking stitch 1/8" from edge.
  • Bind the runner.

Quilt - Finished size - approx. 70" x 88"
Runner - Finished Size approx. 22" x 75"


Jane Davidson


Luisa said...

Oh so gorgeous, another one to add to my long list, love the fabric choice and background.

Dawn Hendrix said...

ADORABLE!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kim Walus said...

Very Nicely Done!!! I Love it!

Melissa Corry said...

Jane this is just adorable!!! I love the bed runner, what a fabulous idea!!! Your quilting looks amazing!

Unknown said...

Very, very nice!
The little kites look so appealing!

Julie C. said...

I love the idea of having a bed runner to go with a quilt! Cute project - thanks for sharing it with us.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Jane, this is so awesome!! I love everything about it!

Malini said...

Jane thank you for wonderful tutorial. This is so adorable. The best part is improv piecing...not worrying about the template to cut the triangles. Love the bed runner too. Great idea.

Carla N. said...

Oh my this is so stinking cute will have to make for grandson's beds.

The Patchsmith said...

This is such a lovely pattern. And the pocket adds function. Perfect for nightdress or PJs or toy. Lovely.

The Tulip Patch said...

I love the quilt AND the runner...pockets..>GENIUS!

Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) said...

LOVE this whole project- from the quilt to the runner to the beautiful quilting! So pretty!

Happier Than A Bird Quilts said...

The runner is so genius! Great project all around, and the quilting is beautiful!

Queenie Believe said...

This is a wonderful child's bed runner!!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Hebert Theodore said...

thanks this

neyhaybefi1972 said...

Them sheets are adorable. I ended up getting my little one a play tent from here so you can't see his bed sheets. As soon as he wants a different bed I'm 100% going to do this. Thanks sharing.