Hi, for the first table runner, please look at my reply to Brenda K. the second one is actually the pineaple pattern, (kind of like a log cabin). It's a spinoff this tutorial for placemats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14saknOwxik
I started out with a ten inch square, cut one inch off of each corner and then follow her directions. It's very easy.
My borders are 1.5 inches wide.
Let me know if you have any questions. THank you.