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!


11 Comments (leave a comment)

  • love the maple & acorns mantel quilt! I have just moved, and it would look lovely on the mantel. Plus more seasons, of course!

    —Lynne on September 23, 2013
  • I hae only made 1 table runner for myself so far and I love the floral fabric I used But every time I put it out I realize I didn’t finish sewing up the side seam, It is getting thread bare so I will have to add a new one on my ToDO LIST.

    —ELIZAJANE on September 23, 2013
  • love the book, Quilts for Mantels and More. Made the Snowman mantel quilt. Gonna make the one with acorns & leaves for the mantel, as I just love everything fall! . All the patterns are great!

    —Marge on September 23, 2013
  • I love autumn and colored maple leaves! My fireplace mantel is lined with my horse statue collection and the colored leaves skinny quilt would add a nice touch….horses in autumn.

    I had left over pieces of a 4-way Bargello which I turned into a tablerunner. It compliments my decor and partially covers a table.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on September 23, 2013
  • I would love to make a quilt for both of my mantels. I have lots of runners but nothing for the mantels. You have inspired me.

    —Chris on September 23, 2013
  • I love making table runners. I have lots of them in use in our home plus I have given lots of table runners as gifts. My favorites are any that I made for Fall. Love the colors and the season.

    —Renea on September 24, 2013
  • I love the different mantel covers for the different seasons they would be fun to make

    —Sandra Davidson on September 27, 2013
  • Skinny Quilts and Table Runners II is just gorgeous. I have never been inspired to make one until I went through the quilts in this book. Very different and worthwhile!

    —Juliet Wood on September 27, 2013
  • Thank you so much for all of the tutorials this week. I need to make a mantle quilt.

    —Janie on June 19, 2014
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    —Kim Lan Quavh on August 10, 2014
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