Twisted Pole table runner pattern

twisted-pole-layoutI saw this online as a free pattern – disclaimer, I saw multiple versions so I’m not sure if there is an original owner to it.  It’s nothing more than half square triangles sewn together and then the pattern pops out because of the way you lay each square.

I haven’t made this yet but this could easily take a couple of hours or less depending on the method you use.  One of the fastest ways to knock this out is with matching or coordinating 10″ layer cakes because the cutting is already done for you.

A quick way is to take 12 red squares and 12 white or cream squares and match them right sides together.  Draw a line from one corner to another on the white one (because it’s easier to see) and then sew 1/4″ on either side of the drawn line.  You can draw that with whatever pen you want because the next step is to cut them apart so you’ll never see it.

Then, take another 6 red squares and 6 green squares and do the exact same thing that you did with the red and white combination.  You’re practically done at this point!

twisted-pole-sizeI showed the picture from EQ7 here so you can see the placement of each block a little easier.  It will be faster if you sew these together in columns.  I.e., sew all the red/white blocks to rotated red/white blocks and all the red/green blocks to rotated red/green blocks.  If you chain piece them it will go quickly.

But if you’re concerned with accuracy on hitting the points, then sew them in rows instead since you’ll be dealing with shorter 3-block units.  In other words, sew a red/white block to a red/green block and repeat until you’re through all of them and then go back and sew the remaining red/white block to the 2-block set.

In the example I showed here, I used 9″ blocks with a thin 2″ border all the way around.  That netted a table runner that is 31″ wide and 112″ long.  If your table isn’t that long – a standard kitchen table is 84″ for example – then you could make just 9 sets instead of 12 and that would get you to a finished 31″ x 81″ size.  Or if you wanted it wider, you can always sew a much wider border around or a second border.

twisted-pole-yardageFor example, if I went with 9″ blocks and made 9 and then had a 2″ as well as an outer 4″ border it would end up at 39″ wide by 93″ long.  And adding more borders and fewer blocks will really make it go fast!  This last picture may be a bit hard to read and it also may not help a lot if you make any variations, but based on 12 of the 9″ blocks with a finished 2″ border, it says I need 1 3/4 yard of the red and 1 1/5 (I’d round that up to 1 and a quarter) yards each of the white and of the green plus whatever you need for the backing and binding.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. thank you for sharing this. I’ve always wanted to make one of these..

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    1. Oh great! Glad it can be put to good use!

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  2. Pretty!! Thanks for explaining how to make it simpler than it looks!

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    1. If you make one, let me know!

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      1. That will be forever and a day from now! My quilt queue is WAY too long as it is!

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        1. That’s a long time!

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  3. Deb says:

    Simple but it will make a lovely runner!!

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  4. I really like the way this looks. I am not an accomplished quilter, but your directions are very clear – I’m going to try this at the beginning of the new year!.

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    1. Oh great! That makes my day to hear it! If I have time before Christmas I’m going to knock one out.

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