I needed an easy table runner as a gift for a friend. I had Moda's Peace on Earth layer cake set - so I based the design off the 10" squares. It went so quickly I made two, this one for myself, my friend's is below.
I laid 5 squares on point and cut 8 squares almost in half - .5" off center. The remaining portion went into my triangle remants for HST. Assembly was simple row piecing and I attached the backing pillowcase style to avoid binding.
Because it wanted it to drape more like a tablecloth I did not use batting. I stitched around the edges and 1/4 inch from the seams for top stitching.
For fun I added Christmas fabric as the backing - no piecing, just a fun fabric that will make a quick buffet cover during the holidays.
My friends version has deeper coolers and I used browns of the layer cake set with red and green for hers, while mine paired the aquas.