Blog for 2014
A look back at my creations and news for 2014!

This pattern is for a runner that will measure out at 79.5” long, 12” wide.   Before starting, you may want to measure the table you intend to use it on, and make adjustments before starting to cut your fabric.   The runner can be shortened by either decreasing the number of boxes, or by decreasing the length of the fabric attached at each end.  This pattern adds an extra 9” (finished) to both ends with a co-ordinating fabric.  You could use less than 9”, or not even add anything at the ends, in which case the runner would be 61.5” long.

The runner is assembled using 8 "gift boxes" and 9 columns.  See the photo below to get a feel for how this will play out.  The measurements for cutting are listed below the photo.

runner with solid color


For each gift box, choose 2 fabrics: one for the box (A), and one for the ribbon/bow (B).  Each gift box has one flying goose block – it’s the bow. The fabric cuts for the geese are based on paper piecing the geese, as that is my favorite way to make them.  I will demonstrate paper pieced geese in the tutorial, but if you want to make them your way,  rock on! Just know that each finished goose block must equal 3” x 1.5”.

Before I cut anything, I always pull my gift box fabrics, then pull coordinating fabric for the ribbons/bows.  I cut one gift box and ribbon/bow set at a time.

For each box, cut the following.  REMEMBER: if you are NOT going to paper piece your flying geese,  you will not cut FABRIC B 3” x3”.  Your dimensions will be different.  Just know that each finished goose block must equal 3” x   1.5”, and you need one goose per box.  This pattern has 8 boxes.  

  • FABRIC A: cut (2) 3” x 8”
  • FABRIC B: cut (1) 1.5” x 8”
  • FABRIC B: cut (1) 2” x 2”.  Cut this diagonally for paper piecing
  • FABRIC C: cut (18) 2” squares.  I have used a mixed variety of fabrics for these squares in the sashing, but you may choose differently…

From the white fabric, cut the following ( not per box – just cut the following for the whole runner ). REMEMBER: if you are NOT going to paper piece your flying geese,  you will not cut WHITE 2.  Your dimensions will be different.  Just know that each finished goose block must equal 3” x  1.5”, and you need one goose per box.  This pattern has 8 boxes.

  • WHITE 1: cut (16) 2” x 2”
  • WHITE 2: cut (8) 4.25” x 2.5”  (geese)
  • WHITE 3: cut (9) 9.5” x 2” (columns)
  • WHITE 4: cut (16) 6.5 x 2” (sashing)

Lastly, choose a fabric for your extensions on the end. 

  • Cut 2 pieces @ 9.5” x 12.5”

Backing will require 1 yard.


Lay out your fabrics as you see below, checking to make sure you have the 5 fabric pieces needed for each block. 

Runner Step 2


Let’s plan out exactly how you want your runner to look, placing the boxes in the order you like, and laying out those 2” x 2” sashing blocks.  Take a picture with your phone,  so if the dog runs in (or you misplace your pieces), you can put it all back together again.

runner step 4


Build the main section of each block, sewing FABRIC B (1.5” x 8”) inbetween  the two FABRIC As.

step 6


Let's make the geese. If you want to paper piece them, I have a tutorial here. If you prefer another method, have at it, and we will meet up at STEP 7 when all the geese are made.  Remember, you need one goose for each box, finishing at 3" x 1.5".

step 3


Build the flying geese strips, centering the Flying Geese between the WHITE 1 squares (2" x2") .

step 7


Sew the flying geese strip to the top of the main box section. Center the point of the goose in the middle of the ribbon (red striped piece in photo below).  Sew with the goose strip on  top.  This allows you to watch as the needle enters your fabric just one or two threads to the right of the point, giving you a perfect point when you press-open-press.

step 8

step 8a

step 8b


Sew the WHITE 4 sashing pieces (6.5” x 2”) to the top and bottom of your boxes. Again, sew with the goose strip on top, white sashing strip on the bottom, so you can ensure that the needle enters the fabric just a thread or two to the right of the 2 points on this strip.

step 9

step 9a


Start sewing the boxes to the columns, until they’re all pieced together. For the first time, we will be matching seams in this step.

step 10


Add the 9” sections to each end.

step 11

STEP 12: Quilt , Bind , Enjoy

Add your backing.  I used 80/20 batting. I did straight line stitching and stitch in the ditch.  


In my first runner, I arranged the blocks differently, so whichever side of the table you're on, you see boxes right side up.   Quilter's Choice!


To add binding, you’ll need to cut 5 strips, width of fabric, at 2.25 “ (or however wide you like to prepare your binding).  You'll need 1/3 yard.  

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