Free Table Runner Pattern From Modern Machine Quilting

Modern Machine Quilting is a fresh approach to fresh quilting!

Table Runner StyledClean lines, bold colours, contemporary designs–quilting has gone modern! And this book is the ultimate guide for creating modern quilts at home, all on a standard sewing machine.

From the start, award-winning quilter and teacher Catherine Redford guides you through every stage of planning, constructing, and finishing a quilt. Learn a multitude of crisp walking foot designs, including straight lines, matchstick, grids, serpentine, spirals, and more. Explore more than a dozen techniques and patterns for free-motion designs. You’ll find inspiration in the gorgeous quilt gallery, while the simple projects provide the perfect canvases for fun and useful quilting practice. And as you go, you can take notes on the roomy, workbook-style pages to make this book your own perfect personalised resource for Modern Machine Quilting.

The book is now available to pre-order. To give you a taste of what to expect in the book Catherine has created a bonus project for you.

A table runner is an easy-to-make decorative piece for your dining room. I like to change mine out according to the season. Vary your quilting motifs for some valuable practice.

Table runner tipsMATERIALS


I cut strips 2 1/2″ wide by the width of the background fabric and then cut my pieces from these strips, trying to be as economical as possible! Cut the largest pieces first


Note: All seams are .1/4″ (6 mm).

1. Cut the fabric:

From background fabric:

  • Eight 21/2″ (6.5 cm) squares
  • Ten 2 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ (6.5 Å~ 37 cm) rectangles
  • Two 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (6.5 x 26.5 cm) rectangles
  • Twenty-four 2 1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (16.5 x 6.5 cm) rectangles

From each of 6 coloured fat eighths:

  • Three 6 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (16.5 x 6.5 cm) rectangles

From each of 2 coloured fat eighths:

  • Three 2 1/2″ (6.5 cm) squares

From mixed colours/background:

  • Twenty-five 2 1/2″ (6.5 cm) squares for large block

From backing fabric:

  • Two 18″ x 34″ (45.5 x 86.5 cm) rectangles

2. Construct top:

Arrange twenty-five 2 1/2″ squares in a pleasing manner for the coloured block and stitch together in rows of five squares each. Sew the rows together.

Lay out all the other cut pieces as shown. (See diagram.) Sew the pieces into columns first and then stitch the columns together.

3. Sew the two backing halves together along their short ends and press.

4. Layer the top, batting and backing, pieces. Quilt and then bind with 2.” (5.5 cm) cut binding strips, folded lengthwise and sewn at .” (6 mm) on the front and then stitched to the back.

Modern Machine QuiltingDownload the PDF instructions for this modern bold table runner here.

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Nadine dabbles in a wide range crafts. If it's pretty and she wants to make it, she'll learn the technique to do so. She is also never without a cup of tea in her hands.