February 23, 2017

Celtic Twist quilt block tutorial: Luck o' the Irish quilted table runner

Welcome some Luck o' the Irish into your home this St. Paddy's day with this elegant Celtic Twist table runner. My mother was Irish, so I have a strong affinity for anything Celtic. I particularly love Celtic knots. So, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, I completed my Celtic twist table runner for my coffee table. I'm a big fan of neutrals and used the Woodland Wonder fabric line by Sarah Summers.

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Luck o' the Irish Table Runner 

celtic twist table runner

I love the warm neutral tones in the Woodland Wonders fabric design and couldn't wait to use it to cheer up our living room. All those little woodland creatures are adorable.

Celtic Twist Block Tutorial
I've provided a tutorial for how to create the 17" x 17" Celtic Twist block below. It may look complicated but it's simple to put together and there are  No Y-seams and No templates to worry about. The block consists of two 6 inch blocks (one is a snowball block) and two different sized triangles. That's it! If you want to print this tutorial, there's a Printer Friendly button at the end of this post.

Finished Measurements: 17' x 17" (42.5cm x 42.5cm) 

Materials to make the Celtic twist block shown above:
  • [8] 5" x 2" dark
  • [8] 5" x 2" light
  • [4] 2" x 2" dark
  • [4] 2" x 2" light
  • [4] 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" medium print
  • [1] 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" large print
  • [1] 7-3/4" light solid
  • [2] 7" light solid

Below are the four sections needed to complete the block.

Let's get started . . .

1. First arrange you fabric pieces to ensure you have the correct colour placement. You'll need [2] 5" x 2" dark; [2] 5" x 2" light; and [1] 3-1/2" square medium print to make one 6" block.

2. Place the square and first piece right sides facing and start stitching 1 inch from the top of the square.

3. Flip and press the first piece. Place the next piece right sides facing and stitch to end.

4.  Flip and press the last piece you stitched. Place the next piece right sides facing and stitch to end.

5.  Flip and press the last stitch pieced. Pull back and pine the first piece sewn on and pin back. Place the last piece right sides facing and stitch to end. Flip back and press.

6. Fold back the first piece as shown and stitch to just past the starting point of your first stitches.

7.  Press completed block.


1.  To make the four corner triangles, cut [1] 7-3/4 square. 
2.  Cut the square diagonally to each corner to make four triangles.


1.  Pin one [1] 2" square with right sides facing on opposite corners of  the 7" square and stitch as shown. Cut a 1/4 inch seam allowance from each corner square, flip and press back.

2.  Cut from corner to corner parallel to stitched corners to make two triangles.


1.  Cut [1] 6-1/2 inch square and [4] 2" squares. Pin one 2" square with right sides face on each corner of the larger square as shown.

2.  Cut a corner inch seam allowance from each corner square, flip back, and press.

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