Make an easy-to-sew table runner (or wall hanging!) with a few fabric rectangles, half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, and Team NZP’s FREE! No-Hassles Triangles Table Runner Sewing Tutural – below. With our step-by-step directions, and timesaving notions, we’re confident you’ll add the No-Hassle Triangles Table Runner to your stitching projects to-do list.

Made in the same style as the quilt projects featured in Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts, the triangle blocks and column strips(fabric rectangles) make for a fast, easy, and no-hassle assembly of this 21″ x 56-1/2″ table topper.

Notions, Fabrics, and Supplies:

Cutting Directions:

Green Fabric:

  • Cut one 21″ crosswise strip (backing).
  • Cut one 10″ crosswise strip (backing).
  • Cut one 5-1/4″ crosswise strip  (triangles).
  • Cut one 4-7/8″ crosswise strip (triangles).
  • Cut six 4-1/2″ crosswise strips (background).

Subcut the following  from the six green 4-1/2″ background strips:

  • Subcut four 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ squares.
  • Subcut ten 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ rectangles.
  • Subcut two 4-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ rectangles.
  • Subcut four  4-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ rectangles.
  • Subcut one  4-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ rectangles.

See green fabric Cutting Diagram Below:

Navy Blue Fabric:

  • Cut one 4-7/8″ crosswise strip (triangles).
  • Cut one  5-1/4″ crosswise strip (triangles).
  • Cut four  2-1/2″ crosswise strips (binding).

First Step, Building the Half-Square Triangle Units


  • Set theNo-Hassle Triangles Gauge to 4-1/2″ block size on the left side of the gauge.  The left side notes Half-Square Triangle sizes. The gauge tells you what size blocks to cut, 4-7/8″.

  • Cut 4-7/8″ crosswise strips of green and blue. Layer a 4-7/8″ green strip on a 4-7/8″  blue strip and cut six square pairs, measuring 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″.

  • Use a 1/4″ presser foot as a guide to stitch 1/4″ from the right and the left sides of the marked line.

  • Chain piece these half-square triangle shapes. Stitch one set of squares right after another. After creating a long “chain,” simply clip the threads to separate the units.


  • Take the stitched units to the rotary cutting mat and cut the two halves apart along the marked line.
  • Open and press the seam allowances to the darker blue side.

Second, Create the Six Quarter-Square Triangle Units

  • Set the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to 4-1/2″ block size on the right side of the gauge.  The right side notes Quarter-Square Triangle sizes. The gauge tells you what size blocks to cut, 5-1/4″.
  • Cut 5-1/4″ crosswise strips of green and blue. Layer a 5-1/4″ green strip on a 5-1/4″ blue strip and cut square pairs, measuring 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Place a blue and green square under the gauge and mark the diagonal line.
  • Stitch 1/4″ from the marked line, following the guidelines for the Half-Square Triangle Units, in the first step, above. Cut the units apart and press. These blocks should measure 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″.
  • Lay one Half-Square Triangle block on another, matching right sides. It is important that the diagonal lines lock. You’ll feel this “lock” as the seams meet.

  • Set the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to 4-1/2″ on the left side of the gauge.
  • Mark a diagonal line, perpendicular to the seamline.

  • Use a 1/4″  presser foot as a guide to stitch 1/4″ from the right and left sides of the marked line.

  • Chain piece the three units, stitching one right after another.
  • Use rotary cutting tools to cut the units apart.
  • Press the Quarter-Square Triangle Units.

Third, Arrange the Table Runner Rows

  • Arrange the table runner into rows as detailed below.
  • Stitch the pieces using 1/4″ seam allowances.

  • Assemble the runner by joining the rows to each other, using 1/4″ seam allowances.
  • Press the row seam allowances in one direction.

After all five rows are stitched, the No-Hassle Triangles Table Runner top is complete.

Create the Backing

Cut the backing piece measuring 10″ x 42″ into two pieces measuring 10″ x 21″ each. Use those two pieces and the larger piece, 21″ x 42″ to assemble the table runner back as described below, using  1/4″ seam allowances.

 Quilt and Finish the No-Hassle Triangles Table Runner

  • Layer the quilt backing, seam-side-up, the Pellon Fleece Batting, and the table runner quilt top–to create a quilt sandwich. Pin.
  • Machine quilt the table runner layers together with straight line machine quilt the table runner with The Ultimate Quilt ‘n Stitch Presser Foot.

The Ultimate Quilt ‘n Stitch Presser Foot by Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC for Clover

New! The Ultimate Quilt ‘n Stitch Presser Foot designed by Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC for Clover! An all-new presser foot with a built in stitch alignment ruler for guiding rows of parallel stitching. The New! Ultimate Quilt ‘n Stitch Presser Foot is ideal for parallel-line straight stitching, topstitching, and straight-line machine quilting! Premiering today at the NZP Blog!

  • Trim away excess batting and backing fabric.
  • Join the 2-1/2″ crosswise strips of  blue binding fabric, end-to-end, using 1/4″ seam allowances.
  • Press the binding strip in half, lengthwise.
  • Bind the table runner, using your favorite technique. Or, use Nancy Zieman’s Easy quilt binding instructions.

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

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Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks - Part 2 on Sewing With Nancy

Tune in and watch Nancy demonstrate how to make Half-Square Triangles and Quarter-Square Triangles.


Please share a comment below, and let us know about your next quilting project, for a chance to be the random winner of a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge from Clover.

The randomly selected winner of a NEW! I Sew For Fun  5-in-1 Sliding Gauge  from Clover, is Hannah W.

Her comment is: What a fun crayon quilt! My daughter and I are still in the midst of her doll quilt project. She also has a needlepoint project going…

2019 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge Hosted by Nancy Zieman Productions

Enter the Nancy Zieman Productions 2019 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge!

Join the 2019 NZP Table Runner Sewing Challenge by stitching a table runner and showcasing your sewing and quilting talents. Table runner entries may be any color palette, feature any sewing, quilting, or machine embroidery techniques, and must be a size that fits on a kitchen or dining table—use your imagination! Find challenge details in the October 1st NZP Blog Posting.


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Happy Quilting!

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