¼ yard fabric for background, ¼ yard fabric for border, ½ yard fabric for backing, scraps for flower blocks, scraps for flower centers, ½ yard cotton batting, 13 assorted buttons, embroidery floss
Cut 12 – 3 ½”x3 ½” from assorted floral fabrics for the flower blocks.
Cut 12 – 1 ½”x1 ½” from assorted yellows for the centers of the blocks.
Cut 12 – 1 ½”x1 ½”, cut 4 – 2”x6 ½”, and cut 2 – 2”x24 ½” from the background fabric.
Cut 2 – 2 ½”x9 ½”, and cut 2 – 2 ½”x26 ½” from the border fabric.
Cut 1 each – 13 ½”x27” from the backing fabric and cotton batting.
On all of the 1 ½”x1 ½” squares, draw a diagonal line on the wrong sided from corner to corner.
Using 12 of the yellow center squares, with wrong sides together, place the square in one corner of a 3 ½” square, matching raw edges.
Sew on the diagonal line. Trim the seam to ¼” and then press the piece away from the larger square.
With 12 of the background squares, repeat the steps above, placing the 1 ½” squares on the opposite corners, across from the yellow centers.
Make three flower blocks.
Join the three blocks together with the 2”x6 ½” background strips, pressing towards the strips. Add an additional strip to each end of the blocks to form the center of the runner.
Add the remaining 2”x24 ½” background strips to the top and bottom of the center. Press toward the strips.
For the borders, sew the 9 ½” strips to either end of the center, pressing toward the border fabric.
Add the remaining border strips to the top and bottom. Press and square up the runner with a large ruler.
Make a quilt sandwich by placing the table runner face up on a table. Add the cotton batting and then the backing fabric, right side down. Pin through all of the layers, matching all the raw edges.
Sew ¼” all around the edge of the runner, leaving a 6” opening on one long side. Clip the corners.
Turn right sides out and press carefully, pulling out the seams so they lay flat. Stitch the opening closed.
With six strands of embroidery floss, stitch buttons to the centers of the flowers, and five on each of the short ends of the runner. Go down from the top and bring your needle back up, tying a double knot to anchor buttons.
Press again and then put on a table on your porch!