Whirly gig table runner …

Because I love this table runner “pattern” so much, I’m guessing there might be someone else out there who does too. So while sharing a few more pictures of mine, I thought I might also add a few more notes to the Whirly Gig Tutorial” by Pleasant Home’s Jodi.

I knew I wanted my table runner to be shorter than the original shown. Jodi doesn’t say how long hers is, but a quick estimate and I knew it would be way too long for what I had in mind. I decided to make mine 3 blocks in length. All other measurements on the tutorial were followed and my table runner is 11.25×28 finished (not including the points).

I started with a fat quarter pack, so I cut (2) 5×5 squares of the orange/white polka dot and (1) 5×5 square of the multi-stripe. I used Kona cotton for my white blocks and followed Jodi’s instructions by cutting a strip 5×45.

I purchased the whirly gig acrylic templates from the Pleasant Home Etsy shop (you can send Jodi a note if you don’t see them listed). And followed her directions for creating the blocks.

However I clearly did something wrong as my blocks did not come out square, a few of the quarters of the blocks were longer in length, so I just trimmed all my blocks to 8.5×8.5 measuring 4.25 from the center seams for a centered/squared whirly gig.

Once I pieced all the blocks and the sashing, I backed it with cheap batting and added my free motion quilting to the whirly gig blocks only. I didn’t think I would like the free motion on the striped sashing.

I trimmed the batting and then added my prairie points to each end. Note to self ~ overlap the prairie points more and leave a 1/4 inch at each side for your SA. Then I layered on my backing, RS together and stitched leaving an opening to turn.

I turned, pressed and top-stitched. And then I kicked myself (again) for using cheap fabric from JoAnn’s. The multi-strip was all wonky, but oh well … I still love it! And I’m so glad I did a “trial run” because next up is creating one for a belated birthday present.

Have any of you tried this pattern? I’d love to see it (I’m sure Jodi would too … add it to her Pleasant Home Flickr pool).

Happy Creating!


  1. Super cute! I started a halloween one like this, but my blocks were wonky so I did pinwheels instead. I did not do the prarie points points as they scared me a little, but next time!

  2. This was very helpful as I also am going to attempt this runner :)

  3. So cute! Do you smile everytime you walk by it? I would. :)

  4. I am so far behind on blog reading. Can you tell? LOL It’s adorable! But I haven’t seen “yours” over at flickr??? ;o) Thanks for all the mentions.

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