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Chunky Wheel Table Runner Tutorial

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Half square triangles can be a lot of fun to sew with. They are quick to sew and can be rearranged into a variety of different layouts.

This table runner features 3 quilt blocks.  They are kind of a chunky wheel– thus the name.

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It is charm pack friendly.  Divide the pack into lights and darks.  The background doesn’t have to be a solid.  It can be just a lighter than the dark fabric– has enough contrast to stand out.  The design does blend the fabrics together if they are the same value, but when you look at it from farther away, you do see the chunky wheel.


Materials Needed:

Fabric used is from Andover Fabrics the joyful line.

12– 5 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ background

12– 5 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ colored fabric

24– 4 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ colored fabric


2– 49″ X 2″

2– 20″ X 2″

Instructions for Table Runner~

1)  Draw a line from corner to corner with a pencil on the wrong side of the light fabric

2)  Sew on either side of the drawn line


3) Cut on drawn line – you will have two half square triangles


4)  Iron and trim if needed to 4  1/2″ X 4  1/2″

5)  Lay the pieces out in the following order– repeat three times for three quilt blocks

6)  Sew them into rows- sew the rows together


7)  Sew the rows together for the finished quilt block- three times

8)  Sew the three quilt blocks together

9)  Sew your borders around the table runner center


10)  Layer with batting and backing and quilt and bind


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5 thoughts on “Chunky Wheel Table Runner Tutorial

  1. Maggie

    Oh, I can see this now with Christmas fabrics!!!! Thanks!

  2. Becky

    such a great idea Maggie! I might have to try that as well.

  3. Terri

    Don’t you need 24 4.5 x 4.5 squares? 8 for each block?

  4. Rosemary Macy

    The directions are very confusing… what size of materials are needed 5 1/2″x51/2″ or 4 1/2x 4 1/2?

  5. Becky

    The squares that you are using for the half square triangles are 5 1/2″ square. the solid squares in the layout when you sew the block together are the 4 1/2″ square. Hope that helps!

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