I was looking to do something with a beautiful Moda Swiss Holiday charm pack I'd won in a giveaway earlier this year. I Googled charm pack quilted table runner ideas, and after following this link and that, I ended up on somebody's Pinterest page where I saw that this nice person had pinned my own Scrap Challenge Block.
This block is pinned in real life to my design board just to the right of my sewing table, but you know how it is when you look at something so often you don't even really see it anymore? Or how you can miss the forest for the trees, or, in my case, the trees for the forest? Yeah, I'm kinda good at that. I have had people I know wave at me from five feet away, but I didn't see them because I was looking over their heads to a vantage point 20 feet beyond. I did that on election day to my neighbor. I've done it to my niece at an adjoining restaurant table. And try explaining that you aren't purposely snubbing someone, just being your usual preoccupied/absentminded self. So embarrassing.
At any rate, it was nice to be reminded of that block in however roundabout a way. Let's call it serendipity. No really, let's call this table runner Serendipity. (My first idea was to call it Triple X, but on thinking of the kind of traffic that might generate, it seemed appropriate to reconsider.)
Here is how it went together (click on photos to enlarge).
Each block will have a grouping of 2 light fabric squares and 2 darker squares. I picked the large scale prints for my darker ones. I'm calling these the background squares.
In addition, each block will use 4 other squares for the corners. I used 2 almost "solid" squares and 2 small scale prints for these corner pieces.
You will make 3 X-shaped blocks for the table runner. In the below photo, you can see the groupings I used for each block, arranged in 3 columns from left to right. (Note that there are 2 identical charm squares stacked one on top of the other, which you can't really tell from the picture. Just remember to use 2 of every fabric shown.)
This is what you should have so far:
At this point, I laid out all the pieces into 3 blocks, just to make sure I had it fixed in my mind how to sew these together. I fiddled with the layout a little bit, swapping strip sets here and there until I was happy with the overall look of each block.
Now it's time to sew the units together. By unit, I mean one strip set, two background triangles, and two corner triangles:
Press these triangles out and then trim the overhang even with the strip set. I have rotated the block in this photo for trimming, but don't let that throw you.