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Running Eighths Quilt


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This intermediate quilt pattern features a special fabric with 8 different coordinating patterns in every yard. In bright greens, this quilt looks perfect for spring decorating, but 10 colors are available.

Running Eight Quilt


  • Running 8ths - 7 yards

Cutting Instructions:

Section #1

  • Cut 24 - 2” x 6½” rectangles for Block A
  • Cut 2 - 4½” x 12½” rectangles for border
  • Cut 4 - 4½” x 16½” rectangles for border

Section #2

  • Cut 24 - 2” X 6½” rectangles for Block A
  • Cut 4 - 4½” x 16½” rectangles for border

Section #3

  • Cut 5 - 2½” x 44½” horizontal sashing strips
  • Cut 16 - 2½” x 12½” vertical sashing strips
  • Cut 4 - 4½” squares for border corners

Section #4

  • Cut 24 - 2” x 6½” rectangles for Block B

Section #5

  • Cut 24 - 2” x 6½” rectangles for Block A

Section #6

  • Cut 24 - 2” x 6½” rectangles for Block A

Section #7

  • Cut 12 - 5” x 6½” rectangles for Block B

Section #8

  • Cut 12 - 5” x 6½” rectangles for Block A
  • Cut 2 - 4½” x 26½” rectangles for border

Assembly Instructions:

  1. Join 2” x 6½” rectangles of Fabric #2, #5, #6, and #1 to make a Block A Unit. Repeat to make four Block A Units.
  2. Join the Block A Units to complete Block A (Fig.1). Make 6 Block A.
  3. Sew one 5” x 6½” Fabric #7 rectangle to one 2” x 6½” Fabric #4 rectangle to make a Block B Unit. Make 2 Block B Units. Use 5” x 6½” Fabric #8 rectangles and 2” x 6½” Fabric #4 rectangles to make 2 Block B Units.
  4. Join the Block B Units to complete Block B (Fig.2). Make 6 Block B.
  5. Refer to the quilt photo and diagram (Fig. 3) to sew the blocks and sashing strips together.
  6. Add borders to quilt center.
  7. Layer, quilt, and bind as desired.


Running Eight Quilt Diagram

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I have tried 6 ways to Sunday to copy, print or download this pattern, but no figures appear in the pattern. Anyone else have a problem with that. I understand the running 8ths okay, but like pauprint43 8397968 I am a bit confused regarding the directions as well and what 7 yards means in a quilt that only finishes approximately 52 x 66??

This is a neat pattern but the instructions were inadequate. Did not understand the Sections cutting instructions. What are the Sections? What does 7 yards indicate? The quilt layout could use numeric indicators in the border. Nice inspiration. I worked it up on my quilting software and this is what I discovered. Some of these are guesstimates since it's hard to tell which fabrics were used in the borders. The quilt finishes at approx 52 x 66". Each block is 12 1/2" unfinished. Fabric 1 requires 1/2 yard (blocks and border). Fabrics 2, 4, 5, 6 require 3/8 yard each (blocks). Fabric 3 requires 1 yard (sashes and border cornerstones). Fabric 7 needs 1/6 yard (or 1/8 if that's more comfortable) (blocks). And Fabric 8 uses 3/4 yard (blocks and border). Backing: Horizontal seaming requires 2 7/8 yards and Vertical seaming needs 3 11/16 yards. Hope this helps someone else that's interested.

I need to know the size after the top is made so that I know how much batting abd backing to buy. I like to buy them when I am buying the main fabric to cut down shopping and make sure everything matches.


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