Classic to modern: table-runner patterns! (+ giveaway!)

Table Runners from Set the TableFor a new challenge, a perfect gift, or a stress-free sewing spree, a table runner is a great go-to project. What other type of quilt turns out such a quick, versatile, decorative, pretty, and practical result? You can hang them on walls and doors, drape them over couches and cupboards, adorn the foot of a bed, and add a punch of color just about anywhere. Oh, and you can use them on tables too!

When the popular designers in the new book Set the Table invite you to their tables, you’ll be inspired to freshen up yours again and again. Today we make introductions: meet popular designers and take a look at the traditional and modern table-runner quilt patterns they contributed to Set the Table—a great value of a book at just $16.99 ($11.99 for the instant-download eBook). Help yourself to a drink and a snack from the kitchen; then have a seat at the table and enjoy!


Confetti table runner by Natalie Barnes
“Confetti” by Natalie Barnes

Natalie’s friends organized a celebratory lunch for her most recent birthday. They led her to a table that was decorated down the center with a colorful sprinkling of confetti. Natalie decided to make her own “Confetti,” not only to remember that special day with special people, but to transform her own table into a celebration.

Visit Natalie at Beyond the Reef.

Jewel Chain table runner by Audrie Bidwell
“Jewel Chain” by Audrie Bidwell

Audrie loves working with bright colors and draws inspiration from traditional designs. Her runner is based on the simple, traditional Jewel Box block. The jewel-tone fabrics against a light-gray background create an illusion of sparkling gems that will add sparkle to any table.

Visit Audrie at Blue Is Bleu.

Stand Out table runner by Josee Carrier
“Stand Out” by Josée Carrier

With a former career in the engineering field and a current career as a stay-at-home mom, Josée says she’s found a great way to express her creativity in quilting and patchwork. Playing with value and contrast in “Stand Out,” she discovered a fun way to achieve a contemporary look using only solid-color fabrics.

Visit Josée at The Charming Needle.

Shake Up table runner by Thomas Knauer
“Shake Up” by Thomas Knauer

Thomas’s fascination with the year 1969 led to this project. This table runner takes two iconic objects from that period—the martini shaker and the Lava Lamp—as inspiration for an interplay of positive and negative space. The different forms coming together echo the mingling of generations and viewpoints around a dining-room table at the holidays.

Visit Thomas at Thomas Knauer Sews.

Improv Stripes table runner by Heather Jones
“Improv Stripes” by Heather Jones

Improvisational quilting leads to the creation of highly individualized, one-of-a-kind projects. Heather’s table runner is the perfect introduction to making quilts in an unplanned, spontaneous way—and the result will truly be an expression of your unique style.

Visit Heather at Olive and Ollie.

Calamity Cross table runner by Jenifer Dick
“Calamity Cross” by Jenifer Dick

The easy little block in this table runner was the result of random experimentation. Jenifer made a simple bordered-square block, sliced it in two, and added a darker strip. She then cut it in two again and added a second strip to make a cross. Voilà! You end up with a fun block, without the fuss of cutting and sewing lots of small pieces.

Visit Jenifer at 42 Quilts.

Reflected table runner by Angela Walters
“Reflected” by Angela Walters

Angela is well-known for her machine-quilting expertise, but what many don’t know is that her quilting career began at the side of her husband’s grandfather, who she paired up with to make her first quilt. Her geometric runner features solid fabrics, which will give a modern look to your table and let your hand or machine quilting take center stage.

Visit Angela at Quilting is my Therapy.

Game Time table runner by Candi Weinrick
“Game Time” by Candi Weinrick

Traditional with a modern edge, Candi designed this runner to rely on value contrasts more than print or color. Careful placement of lights and darks creates a checkerboard effect, giving the quilt a sense of fun and adding a feeling of complexity to a fairly simple design.

Visit Candi at Raccoon Creek Quilts.

Spring Blooms table runner by Amy Ellis
“Spring Blooms” by Amy Ellis

A three-time Martingale author, Amy created this pretty runner as a tribute to the first burst of springtime. Select beautiful floral fabrics that you love for the blocks and you’re on your way. This fast project makes a great last-minute gift too.

Visit Amy at Amy’s Creative Side.

Slices of Sunshine table runner by Jessica Levitt
“Slices of Sunshine” by Jessica Levitt

What could be happier than cheerful slices of your favorite yellow prints? Pairing them with crisp white brings the clean, bright look of summer to your table. It’s also a great opportunity to use up some of those scraps.

Visit Jessica at Juicy Bits.

Here’s another table runner by Jessica:

Chain Links table runner by Jessica Levitt
“Chain Links” by Jessica Levitt

Jessica’s modern table runner has extra-long dimensions so that it can hang over the ends of almost any dining table or sideboard. The simple, one-block design creates a fun, slightly off-balance look that will highlight a few of your favorite fabrics. Choose high-contrast colors to add real pop to the length of your table.


Set the TableHave you whipped up table runners for a special occasion—or for no particular occasion at all? Share your story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Set the Table eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Purchase your print copy of Set the Table today and you can instantly download the eBook for FREE.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Jean, who writes:

“I love to make table runners for various occasions, Halloween, Christmas, etc. This month I started an apple table runner for fall with appliquéd apples. I’d love to have this book, with all the great projects in it!”

Jean, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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