Life is like a bowl of bananas.

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Wait that’s not how it goes.

Well, it’s kind of how it goes around here these days.

So let me help you out. When things are bananas, make your piecing simple and grab some paper.

Triangles on a Roll

Or a roll of paper. Specifically, Triangles on a Roll.

And while you’re doing some paper piecing with this delightful roll of paper, do a tiny backstitch when you start on the outside edges, so that when you’re done, you have one long strip of paper to remove on the edge.

Stop at the red line

I had lots of little pieces to pull because even though I knew better, I sewed right to the edge of the paper. It’s alright. We’re all for crazy around here and my little monkey and I enjoyed some sunshine while I took care of all those little pieces.

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The end result is a nice braid of color!

My plan for this table runner came from the Antique Ribbon Tablerunner pattern from Fat Quarter Shop and It’s So Emma. I didn’t have a focal print in mind for the center so I chose to feature the braid between two pieces of Essex Yarn Dyed Linen.

Braided Table Runner

The leftovers have such promise. It’s tempting to plan a project that uses the paper to intentionally make lots of little starts and ends.


But for now, I’ll enjoy this little table runner.  And the bananas.  And my monkeys.  And the craziness of busy days!

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Fabric: Solids are Pepper Cory Peppered Cottons by StudioE and side pieces are Essex Linen in Black. Binding is Cotton Couture in Navy.

Pattern: loosely based on Antique Ribbon Table Runner Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma.

There’s a quilt kit and a video by Fat Quarter Shop, and you can get inspired by these other table runners on the blog hop!

Amy of Ameroonie Designs
Anorina of Samelia’s Mum
Cassandra of Cassandra Madge
Anita of Daydreams of Quilts
Stephanie at Quarter Incher

Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    I really like how the Essex Linen lets the colors of the braid shine and holds the space for them. Also, I always sew to the edge when paper piecing. Then again, I think I’ve done, what, 5 paper pieced things at this point? It does seem I have many tricks left to learn there.

  2. Rachel at Stitched in Color

    Oh my goodness, the gorgeousness! And you inspire me again. I was turned onto triangles on a roll years ago and never went all in to buy myself some paper. Silly. I love how you finished it with the linen. Perfect, simple, awesome.

  3. Peggy

    I bought some paper at quilt store in New Orleans back in summer. Store had a sample made up. I really have to try this now. Thanks for tip. 

  4. Terri Ann

    This is so lovely Daisy! I love the solids against the essex linen and your photos show it off beautifully.I must say picking off all that paper would probably make me loose my marbles though 🙂

  5. Janequiltsslowly

    I have some very old versions of triangle paper that is used just to make HSTs. Were you just using the paper as a foundation or actually sewing on the lines?

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