I made a quick and easy quilt as you go used different themes spring/ summer and autumn/ winter. Saved time and very useful.
Take: one square of batting 101/2 inch square or slightly larger to allow for shrinkage.
". Square of summer fabric 111/2 inch and cut diagonally in half.
". ". ". Spring. ". ". ". ". ". ". ". "
Strips of summer fabric different or same widths .
Place triangle on back of batting pin or spray glue . Take the second triangle and position so diagonals are lined up above and below batting and pin, spray glue. Take a strip same pattern as triangle and think about quilt as you go, and right sides together at the diagonal.. (When you sew 1/4inch seam along diagonal you will also have seam on the triangle on other side.) when this done flip down and then place another strip on this one keep going to end of triangle.
Now turn over square and repeat with the other side.
Should have a triangle with stripes for summer one side and triangle with strips for spring on reverse..
Make as many as wish and the join with quilt as go border method.
Hope this makes sense.
I usually use a fabric that coordinates with the top of the runner. I guess I like the back to be a pattern, not solid. Everyone has their own preference.
i generally make mine *dual purpose* and put something on the back that makes it *reversable*---as in- if i made a Thanksgiving table runner there may be Christmas on the flip side- Halloween often has fall/thanksgiving on the other side- Christmas will have a more (generic) winter on the back-so it can stay out after the holiday but still wintery
Valentines may have spring flowers, ...you get the idea- what ever i'm in the mood for when i'm making it so it can be used longer-fit in...maybe a holiday on one side then just (home dec coordinating) on the other...
Absolutely make it reversible.
I too like to make reversable tablerunners....Spring and Summer, Fall and Winter and in coordinating colors so that the binding goes well with either side. Another plus is that the quilting from one side can make for an added dimension to the pattern on the back/reverse side.
I check my stash for something that will coordinate for color and use it for the back. If I don't have anything that will work, I use muslin or prewashed flannel.
If the table runner is for me...muslin on the back...gift..sometimes w/be scrapy backing.