My obsession with bats lingers. Last year, I made several bat projects formed by cutting strips on opposite angles. Then six months ago, I spent a lot of time designing different quilts with bats in them. With my quilt-a-long being pushed back, I didn’t think I would have time to create a Halloween post so I put it on the back burner. However, I needed a quick project — a spark of creativity! Cleansing of the palate. You see, I have been up to my eyeballs in Rug Quilt Blocks. Ironically, I still need to make more. My Quilting Bee selected a block similar to my quilt-a-long block for last month’s block. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to bring myself to make them. I really should have worked on them this weekend, but I worked up some math, cut away, sewed a bunch, and created this Bat Table Runner tutorial.
The project: Bat table runner
The block: Two bats in flight mirroring each other
Fabric needed: Black fabric 23″ | Pink fabric 46″
Draw a diagonal line down the center of a 5” square. Sew on both sides of the line using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut on the line. Open each square and iron flat. Do this for a total of 12 times to make a total of 24 half-square triangles.
Cut each square into quarters on the diagonal. Line up a pink and black quarter, right sides together. Keep all of the pink quarters on the top and sew them all in the same direction. This will ensure that you will have the right parts to create your quartered squares. Pin and sew the quarters together. Iron flat. Pin and sew two half squares together nesting the seams. Iron flat. Do this a total of three times making six quartered squares.
Draw a diagonal line down the center of two 2.5” squares. On top of a 4.5” square, line up a 2.5” square to the left-bottom side. Sew on the line. Cut a 1/4” away from the seam. Iron flat. On the top of the same 4.5” square, line up a 2.5” square to the right-bottom side. Cut a 1/4″ away from the seam. Iron flat. Do this for a total of 12 goose squares.
Locate a black rectangle. On its right side, line up a 2.5” square and pin it down. Repeat on the left side. Sew both sides down. Iron flat. Do this for a total of 12.
Putting it together
•Locate a goose block and two half-square triangles. Line up the edges so the pink sides touch a bat ear. Pin and sew the edges together. Repeat on the other side. Iron flat. Do this for a total of 12 times. (Bat top)
•Locate a quartered square and a 4.5” pink square. Pin and sew the pink edges together. Repeat on the other side. Iron flat. Do this for a total of 12 times. (Bat bottom)
•Line up a Bat bottom with a 2.5” strip. Pin and sew a strip to it. Iron flat. Do this for a total of 12.
•Locate a Bat top. Pin and sew it to the free edge of the 2.5” strip. Iron flat. Do this a total of 12.
•Sew 2” strips to the right edge of all of the blocks. Iron flat. Sew the left edge of the bat block’s free side of the 2” strip. Iron flat. Attach the extra 2” strip to the left edge of the runner. Iron flat. Sew together the short edges of two 2” strips. Iron flat. Repeat. Pin and sew a 2” strip to the top of the table runner. Pin and sew a 2” strip to the bottom of the table runner. Iron flat.
•Finish the bat table runner as desired.
Finished bat table runner size: 18.75″ x 79″ (because of heavy quilting mine, width shrunk 3.5″)
Block size: 12.5″ x 16.5″
My Crate & Barrel Picks
All of the tabletop accessories used in the photos are from Crate & Barrel; to see more items, go to their website.