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Pickle Dish Runner

Designed by Darlene Zimmerman



The C, D and E templates from the Pickle Dish template set take the place of the A and B templates in the Double Wedding Ring template set. For each arc cut: 3C, 4 D, 1 E and 1E reversed for each arc. Piece the arcs as shown below:



Note: (Use a 45mm or smaller rotary cutter to cut the curved pieces.)

Step 1: Cut 10-1/4" strips for the center squares. Cut into the required number of 10-1/4" squares for the project you are making (see Size Chart). Using the widest curved edge of the Double Wedding Ring tool, align the line on the tool with one edge of the square. Cut the outside curve. Repeat on each side of the square.

Tip: You can fold the square in half and trim two edges at one time. Repeat for the required number of centers.

Step 2: Cut a 7-1/4" strip from the same fabric as the centers. Open the strip, then fold over 1-1/2" approximately and place line in the middle of the small melon on the fold. Cut. Repeat to cut the required number of melons.

Step 3: From the two colors you have chosen for the four-patch intersection, cut 2-9/16" strips. Using the 2-9/16" square at the bottom of the tool, cut the required number of squares.

Tip: 2-9/16" is just slightly more than 2-1/2".

Step 4: From a variety of prints, cut 2-3/4" strips. Use the "C" and "D" triangle shapes in the Pickle Dish template set to cut the required number of small triangle shapes.

Step 5: From two prints (or a variety of prints) cut an equal number of "E" shapes and "E" reversed shapes. An easy way to do this is to cut the E shapes with the fabric strip folded right sides together (as we normally cut from our strips).

finished size 18" x 43"

fabric requirements

  • Batik print (centers & binding): 3/4 yd.
  • Light Batik (background): 1/2 yd.
  • Assorted Dark Batiks: 1-1/2 yds. total
  • Batting: 20" x 46"
  • Backing: 1-1/3 yds.


cutting directions

assembling the rings

STEP 1 Assemble 20 arcs with the C, D and E reversed pieces as shown. Press the seams all one direction.

STEP 2 Add squares to 10 of the arcs as shown. Press the seams all the same direction.

STEP 3 Sew the arcs without squares to one side of the melons, matching and pinning the centers and the ends. Sew with the melon on top. Press toward the melon. Make 10.

STEP 4 Sew the 10 arcs with the squares attached to the opposite side of the Step 3 melons. Press toward the melons.

STEP 5 Sew the melon/arc units to the center square, matching and pinning the centers and ends.

STEP 6 Join the rings in a row to make a tablerunner.

finishing the tablerunner

STEP 1 Trim the batting and backing a few inches larger than the table runner. Layer with the backing wrong side up, the batting, and the quilt top right side up. Baste, then quilt as desired.

STEP 2 Before binding, hand or machine baste a scant 1/4" from the edge of the table runner. Prepare the bias binding by joining the ends with diagonal seams pressed open. Use a single, bias binding for best results.

STEP 3 Sew the binding to the quilt, easing the binding around the curves, and pivoting in the "V". Sew to the quilt with a 1/4" seam. Start about 4" from an inside "V" with an edge that has been turned under 1/4". Stitch until you reach the bottom of the "V", and stop with the needle down. Lift the presser foot, pivot the quilt and the binding to stitch out of the "V". With a stiletto or seam ripper, move any pleats that form out of the way, lower the presser foot and stitch out of the "V". Continue stitching in this manner, overlapping the beginning tail. Trim excess batting and backing evenly, then turn the binding under 1/4" and stitch down by hand on the back side of the quilt, forming a pleat in the binding at the "V".

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