Table runners + mantel quilts: key to straight edges

From Skinny Quilts and Table Runners IIDecorating with quilts—heck, just plain decorating—becomes instantly easy when you’ve got a stash of table runners and mantel quilts at the ready. Surroundings feeling a little stale? Bring out a table runner to introduce a punch of color. Eager to celebrate a change of season? Drape a small quilt over a side table to quickly signal the time of year. Living room lacking a focal point? Lay a narrow quilt across the fireplace mantel to create drama.

Fun to make, easy to store, and a delight to use: table runners and mantel quilts are versatile tools in any decorating repertoire.

Below, you’ll learn from Eleanor Levie the secret to keeping the edges of any quilted table runner straight and even. Then you’ll find inspiration in a dazzling roundup of patterns for table runners, companion wall hangings, and mantel quilts. We’ve collected quilts for tables both small and large, rectangular and square. Plus, you’ll find mantel quilts for a variety of occasions.

Whether you want to make an easy table-runner pattern or an heirloom-quality labor of love, just look below for ideas to get you started.


How to Make a Table Runner with Perfectly Straight Edges

From Skinny Quilts and Table Runners II, edited by Eleanor Levie

Only the rare quilt with long edges will come out perfectly even. If you want to get it in shape—and get results that look downright professional—then you’ve gotta block your quilt. Here’s how: Spray the quilt with water and lay it on a large ironing surface that’s marked or taped to indicate the proper dimensions all around. Freezer paper, cut to the right size and shiny side up, works perfectly for Skinny Quilts! Gently stretch the edges of your quilt as needed to correspond with your desired dimensions, and pin them to the surface at 2″ intervals all around. Steam press or let dry naturally and thoroughly. Leave the pins in for at least 24 hours.


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A Fresh Look at Seasonal Quilts

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Country Threads Goes to Charm School

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Quilts for Mantels and More

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Do you have a table runner or mantel quilt you love? Or is there a special one you want to make? Tell us about it in the comments!


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