Summer in The Country an Island Batik Blog Hop

Kick back and relax – it’s summer

Thanks for stopping by today for day 4 of the Summer In the Country – Island Batik Blog Hop.
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Here you will find a

  • Tutorial for a Table Runner
  • Blueberry Muffin Recipe
  • Chance to win some lovely Island Batik Fabrics

table runner
Table Runner

Table Runner Tutorial

This table runner was inspired by my colorful and bright flower gardens.
It is created with Island Batik Fabrics and features the Flower Fields collection.

These fabrics will be arriving in shops this month!

“Don your favorite sundress, slip on your sandals and dance through the colorful Flower Field collection by Kathy Engle. The bright, cheerful hues are reminiscent of a sunny Spring day when the world is in full bloom. You can almost smell the lilacs, peonies and daffodils as your eyes drink in these beautiful colors!”: – Island Batik Website

This project will inspire you to kick back and relax. There is no pattern or predetermined size. This is meant for you to explore your creative side. Let go of all of the rules and enjoy the Island Breeze 🙂

This is what you’ll need

gather supplies
Fabric Supplies
  1. A Good supply of leftover Island Batik fabrics, that you can cut into strips from 8 – 12 inches wide – this is a perfect project for the Island Strips too!
  2. I used a variety of Island Batik fabrics for the background and the following from the Flower Field collection

  3. Fabric For Appliques
    I used Flower Fields – 111516106

  4. Fabric strips at least 1 1/2″ wide X 18 inches long

    I used Flower Fields – 111517099 and Flower Fields – 111501104

  5. Backing fabric several inches larger then the size you will need to make your project.
    I started with a piece of fabric 12″ wide X WOF

    The table runner shown is 8″ wide and 40″ long. The backing fabric I used is Flower Fields – 111516098

  6. Fabric For Binding –
    I needed 1/4 yd and used Flower Fields – 111505100
    Since this is a kick back and relax go with the flow summer style quilt...
    here is a quilt calculator you can use to determine how much fabric you will need to make your binding

  7. Fusible Webbing
  8. a Circular object to trace around for your applique
  9. Batting 2″ larger then finished project
    The batting used in this project is Quilters Dream Cotton Deluxe
  10. Thread for sewing, machine applique, and Quilting
    I used Aurifl thread for Machine applique and Quilting
  11. Rotary Cutter, Ruler, and Mat
  12. *Optional – some awesome music to work by :)!

Cutting fabric strips

*Do not use your long length strips here!
Cut your “scrap” fabric into varying widths from 1 1/4″ to 2 1/2″.
The lengths of the strips can vary – make sure your shortest width is a few inches wider then you want the finished width of the table runner. I used strips nine to ten inches long.

Sewing strips

Sew strips together in pairs. Press open.

strips to pairs
sew strips together in pairs…

Sew the pairs of strips together. Press Open

sew pairs together and 'sew' on
sew pairs together and ‘sew’ on

continue in this manner until you have your desired length.

continue piecing
Sew strips together until your runner as at your desired lenght

Don’t worry about the edges being even. This will all be trimmed after the piece is quilted.


    This is where you just let go! and use those long strips of fabric.

  • After your runner is pressed, make a short diagonal cut. (no longer then the length of your long fabric strips)
  • shor t cut
    make a short diagonal cut across the runner
  • Sew one of your long strips in between the fabric you just cut. Don’t worry about matching up the seams.
  • Sew one of your longer strips in between this cut
    Sew one of your longer strips in between this cut
  • Repeat this two or more times across your runner.
  • slices
    Add a few more “slices”


    I made three circular appliques for my runner and decided to place them over the diagonal strips.

  • Use a circular object that is large enough to encompass the fabric design you are using – in my case the flower field Fabric, shown here.
  • Island Batik - Flower Fields - 111516106
    Island Batik – Flower Fields – 111516106
  • Following manufacturers instructions fuse webbing to the wrong side of fabric.
  • Cut out appliques
    Decided on the placement you like
    Fuse them in place.
  • decide on applique placement
    Decide on placement of applique
  • Machine applique the appliques in place with a narrow satin stitch


finishing it up
finishing it up
  • With the diagonal cuts your table runner may look a bit crooked, we’ll trim that up after we quilt.
    This is why a backing larger than your finished size is needed.
  • Layer you backing (wrong side up) batting and quilt top together.
  • Using your favorite method for basting, baste the layers in place.

  • Quilt as desired. (I used machine quilted with a free motion (no pattern) quilting).

  • Trim the edges even and Bind.
    I used a double fold binding since this is a table runner that will probably see frequent washings!

Now for that blueberry muffin recipe!

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffin

This is made with all organic ingredients and no white flours or refined sugars.
It is best eaten with a day or two but can be frozen for later if you find it has dried out a bit, well then it is perfect for my Breakfast Parfait recipe

For a chance to win these lovely Island Batik Fabrics


  • Just Comment Below
  • August 31: Comments are now closed.

    A winner will be chosen randomly from the comments below.

  • You must have a US mailing address!
  • winner will be announced on August 31

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88 replies to Summer in The Country an Island Batik Blog Hop

  1. Beautiful runner! I love the colors you chose.

  2. I Love The Fabrics and Tutorial! Thanks For This Great Giveaway!

  3. Love the ablerunner! And those blueberry muffins….yummy! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  4. Great tutorial, and your color choices are yummy! Thanks for the chance at free fabric.

  5. I love those colors, so bold and bright!

  6. Love your table runner! Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. So easy and yet so pretty too. thank you and Yum about the muffins. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  8. What luscious colors! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Nice tutorial and I’m definitely going to try that muffin recipe. Thanks for the give away!

  10. Thank you for the tutorial. I like the colors.
    Blueberry muffins are the best.

  11. I love those batik colors in the runner. Thanks for the tutorial. They’d make a nice cheery addition to my home! Hope I win!

  12. Love how you added the flower as an accent. This is a very nice runner.

  13. I just love those bright colors in your table runner. Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

  14. What a cute runner! Thx for the opportunity!

  15. beautiful table runner thanks for giveaway.

  16. What a pretty table runner! Love these colors of fabric!

  17. I love, love batiks! I like the way you made this runner. So pretty!

  18. I like easy table runners. Those colors definitely say summer. Thanks for the tutorial and the recipe.

  19. Love the runner, scraps and randomness plus batik falls right in my wheelhouse. great giveaway thanks.

  20. All make me drool the table runner the fabric and the muffins

  21. Love the table runner. A nice way to use up smaller pieces of fabric. Thanks for a chance.

  22. What a beautiful table runner!! Thanks for adding the tutorial and the delicious recipe.

  23. That runner is just perfect for something I want to make for fall. Thank you! Thanks also for the chance to win the beautiful batiks. I think I’d add a few of mine to make another table runner!

  24. Beautiful table runner. Would love to be able to make this.
    Peggy Gibbs

  25. Love those purple and pink batiks

  26. Thank you so much for this incredible giveaway!

  27. That is fabulous. I love the slices to break up the strips. The fabrics are beautiful too.

  28. Such a pretty summer runner, great tute!

  29. Love runners, and love batiks-your project is a great combination of these! Thanks for sharing!

  30. This looks like a fast, easy – and fresh – summer time table runner, and it’s a technique I may be using sooner rather than later. Thanks for sharing!


  31. Love your table runner. I really like the slash of fabric through the strata.

  32. Great post – thank you for all the inspiration. I love that you offer a recipe for day-old muffins! And oh, those delicious looking batiks!

  33. Simple but sew pretty. Island Batiks really do make a project stand out!!

  34. How pretty and all those colors make me smile.

  35. Love the table runner. The Flowers are the perfect touch.

  36. Thanks for the awesome table runner tutorial and the blueberry muffin recipe.

  37. What a quick and easy tablerunner, it would be great for a quicky gift too. Thanks for the tute!!

  38. Oh,I love your table runner. Great job! Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Your muffins sound delicious! I need a new table runner, thanks for the tutorial.

  40. Beautiful runner! I wasn’t sure about those cuts you made, but I like the end result. Thanks for the blueberry muffin recipe!

  41. Thank you for the tutorial! I would love to give the table runner a try! And the muffins!

  42. The fabric makes the project for sure. The runner is wonderful but those Batiks are just terrific.

  43. These batiks are gorgeous and I love the table runner. A great idea to be able to see so many fabrics at once!

  44. Gorgeous fabrics and I love your tablerunner! Thanks for the muffin recipe, too.

  45. Love your bright and summery runner. Muffins sound delish… Blueberry is my favorite.

  46. What a gorgeous tablerunner. I love batiks. And the muffins look yummy too! Thanks for sharing!

  47. Thanks for the tutorial and the muffin recipe.

  48. I love the way you embellished the runner with the applique.

  49. I love how you used the large print as an embellishment- brilliant way to include those fun, big prints in a small pieced project! Thanks!

  50. Wow, the runner is beautiful! I love that it could be made in so many different color schemes and with any kind of embellishment. I would like to make one in bright summer colors with applique birds on it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and for the chance to win!

  51. Love those batiks! Colors are so beautiful and the table runner is so unique.

  52. Love your table runner. And, will have to try your muffins. They sound scrumptious. Thanks

  53. Love the hint of lime green with the other fabrics. Your muffins look really good right now. Might have to get out my baking things!

  54. Thank you for the awesome tutorial. I just bought two jelly rolls that would be perfect for this runner

  55. Very pretty fabrics in your table runner. Love the colors. Thank you for the tutorial and great looking recipe as well.

  56. What a cute table runner and those muffins sound yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  57. Oh, those colors just sing to me! So rich and deep and mesmerizing! How unique to add a diagonal strip here and there in the strips. That is so creative and one I will keep in mind.
    I am definitely going to try the Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins, too. I am cutting out white flour, so this sounds perfect!

  58. Thank you for the Tutorial! Love the Runner! & the Muffin Recipe too…sounds tasty! Yum!
    Thanks too, for chance to win the beautiful fabrics!! 🙂

  59. Those muffins look great on that yummy table runner!

  60. Love your runner! The colors are great too! Would love to win the fabric, Thanks

  61. Beautiful table runner and great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

  62. I love the Flower Fields Batik table runner. The fabrics are luscious! I ‘m planning to make table runners for my five SILs for Christmas. This one would surely be a winner!

  63. What a lovely runner, the fabrics are so vibrant. Thanks for the giveaway x

  64. Loving the design and the colors you used for your beautiful table runner. Batik fabric is my favorite to work with because of the tight weave and the vibrant colors and designs. Thank you for the great tutorial.

  65. Thank you for the pattern and recipe, as I collect both. Thank you for this fun giveaway

  66. I haven’t bought or sewn with any batiks yet so I’ve been enjoying this blog hop. They sure look lovely. Nice and simple table runner pattern that even I could sew up in a short time.

  67. Adele, that is a nice table runner. Love the colors!

  68. Hi! Nice to meet you!
    Love the purple flower batiks!
    Question about the muffins: I’m allergic to eggs. What would you recommend to replace them with in your recipe?

  69. Very sweet runner, and thanks for the muffin recipe.

  70. Yummm thank you for the recipe. Ohhh la la your table runner is gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial.

  71. Thanks for a great giveaway! Beautiful table runner!

  72. Very cute project! I love the colors.

  73. The batiks are beautiful. Your table runner looks fun to make.

  74. lovely fabrics and i love improv piecing. muffins sound yummy. thanks for the giveaway.

  75. Wow – cool runner. Just love the Flower Field fabric! (and the blueberry muffin recipe!) Thanks for sharing!

  76. I love batiks and this table runner is a great way to showcase them. Thanks for the tutorial and for the opportunity to win. Make it a good day!

  77. Nice tutorial, pretty table runner.

  78. I love how the flowers look on your runner. Blueberry muffins are one of my favorite things. Thanks!

  79. Love the runner. Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway.

  80. cute runner! (count me out of course)

  81. Just beautiful. This runner looks fun to make. Thank you for the instructions

  82. I love batiks and I love the table runner. Thanks for sharing…

  83. Thanks for the chance to win these beautiful fabrics. Your table runner is so cute and I really love your approach to making it.It’s more of a “Do your own thing” technique which I am very good at.LOL Thank you so much for sharing.

  84. How cute and easy! Nice way to get creative juices flowing! Oh and hose color choices are just my style! Hope you pick me! Have a great day!!

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