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Table Runner Tutorial- Sochi Olymipcs Inspired

The Olympics has started, and while I am not a totally commited fan {I catch a few things here and there}…. I was totally in love with their design for their banners, backgrouns, clothing, ect.

They have gone Patchwork!!!   Since we had a little discussion about using color in quilts, this is really a fun way to explore them and try something a little bit new.

So based on their banners that they have…. I made up my own version with the

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Sochi Olympics Table Runner

finished size: 9″ X 50″

Here is a quick look at what the inspiration was:

For this project I found a nice collection of batiks I had sitting around and thought this would be perfect.  I do realize that the inspiration has different sized squares, but I went with the standard 2 1/2″ squares to keep it easy.


I found working with batiks the best because they have such a variety of print within themselves.  Most of them are color on color, with some having a pop of color every once in awhile for a bit of surprise.  I would think this would work great with any kind of fabric stash you have on hand though.  It’s really all about color.

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Materials Needed:

2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ squares in a variety of colors- yellow, orange, green, teal, blue, pink, purple and a few darks and lights.  —- 83 squares total

40 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ light squares for the border around the colored squares

backing and batting 10″  X 51″

Instructions for the Sochi Table Runner:

1)  Lay all your quilt blocks out and arrange them in this order {taken from the inspiration reference above}

yellow to orange,  green to yellow,  teal to green,  blue to teal,  pink to purple.


2)  The strips will be 5 colored squares with a light square at the top and bottom of the strip

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3)  The ends will have one row of 3 colored with 2 lights {one at each end} and then one colored with 2 lights {one at each end}

4)  Sew the strips together


5)  Lay the strips back out and line back up- lay right sides together the strips and sew together-  The top block will start one block down from the top.  Pin at intersection of squares if needed.


6)  Continue sewing the strips together until finished

7)  With a ruler, trim the points off of the ends.  The ruler will line up 1/4″ past the point or seam


8)  Layer the top, batting, backing fabric and quilt the top -I quilted 1/4″ from one seam diagonally.  Kept it simple.


9)  Trim the backing and batting.

10)  Bind the quilt *need some help? here are some binding tutorials and helpful hints*

tablerunner1  tablerunner2

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I loved playing with the colors on this project.  It was alot of fun and took an afternoon to finish up.

Does anyone else have this problem?  Yeah- that’s Daisy finding her way to the only thing colorful in a half acre to stand on….hmmm…..

daisy on the olympic sochi table runner | patchworkposse

 How do you like thier banners for this olympics?


16 thoughts on “Table Runner Tutorial- Sochi Olymipcs Inspired

  1. Paula@TheSassyQuilter

    Love it! Great fabrics. You did a good job matching those up!

  2. Jo

    It’s so lovely and colourful!

  3. Ruth

    Looks great, love the colour changes and yes our Jack Russell has to walk on whatever I’m trying to photograph or pin baste on the floor!

  4. Marianne Jeffrey

    Yes my dogs like to scruffle up my quilts, especially when I am trying to perfect a layout on my ‘design floor’ LOL. Your dog is gorgeous and the table runner is awe inspiring (love all those colors) thanks for the tute!

  5. Audrey

    Beautiful and inspiring! Well done!

  6. Beth

    What a great project! I love your interpretation. Thanks for the tutorial too!

  7. Sue Daurio

    What a great table runner, just love it.

  8. Elita Sharpe

    I was hoping someone would come up with a nice design inspired by these logos. You’ve done a great job with the tutorial & the design. Thanks!


  9. Becky

    Thanks Elita! It was fun, and the whole designs they have are fantastic. I am watching just to see what else they do.

  10. Connie

    This is beautiful and I always think batiks are so neat! Taking photos with your dog has to be a treat!!

  11. Marilyn

    Beautiful runner, I soooo wish we could get Sochi fabric. Maybe that would have been worth a trip to Sochi. 🙂 My Doughton (sp) Abby fabric should be here today or Monday. I can’t wait to start creating with it!

  12. Janet

    Thank you so much! Such a beautiful use of batiks. I’ve thought about trying a diagonal block quilt, and now I know how to do it. ;^)

  13. Pat S


  14. Virginia Kelley

    I am a new “viewer”. A friend gave me a gift certificate and now I can’t stop being “gaga” over all the ideas out there. Thank you for the wonderful ideas. It will be a great project to get me back into the piecing and quilting mode. that is beautiful, practical and inspiring. Just pulled out my bag of scraps and will be choosing batiks when I begin adding to my stash.

  15. Patti L.

    I thought I was the only one in love with the flags and jackets in Soshi. Thanks for the inspired runner (easily expanded into a quilt.) And, yes, my dog, Wiggles, insists on helping from cutting to stitching (sits in a chair next to my machine). while the cat tries to find threads to pull. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Becky

    I am kind of surprised more didn’t pick up on it…. I do love the table runner though! And yes, the pets always like to help.

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