With the “big” holidays over, getting family and friends to gather around the table for food, talk, and laughter can become much more of a challenge. This time of year, it’s more important than ever to set a tempting tablescape, and a custom-made table quilt can be just the thing to make your kitchen or dining room a special place. Table quilts, whether runners, place mat sets, or toppers of other shapes, add a cozy, stylish touch that emphasizes a feeling of “home.” And because they are small projects, it’s easy to create a wonderful collection of table quilts for use all throughout the year. Let’s take a look at some fresh, new table quilt patterns for inspiration!
Country Garden by Diane Tomlinson is a lovely design that brings beautiful blossoms to any table. In just a few short sewing sessions, you can have this spring table runner ready for decorating and for enjoying during mealtimes. This pattern is available as an instant digital download in our online shop.
Angie Milligan designed her Farm Table runner to showcase prints from the Farm to Table collection by Windham Fabrics. Table runner quilt patterns are so quick – with just 3 basic star blocks to make, this little quilt can be ready in no time! It’s really the fabrics that make this design, so choose your palette carefully. Coordinate with your eating space, but be sure to include dark, light, and medium values and a variety of scale in the prints you use.The digital pattern is available here.
Rooster Parade by Colleen Tauke is a unique table topper quilt that’s so much fun to piece! Feature patches of a favorite novelty fabric as you piece the unusual wedge shapes that make up the quilt top. Colleen used fabrics from the Rooster Inn collection by Fabri-Quilt, but this design is easy to customize to your own decor, too.
If tracing and cutting out template shapes (included with the pattern) isn’t your favorite quilting technique, we have an optional acrylic wedge template set available for this design that allows you to rotary cut every patch. This versatile tool can help you create all kinds of other quilt designs on your own, as well.
The Rooster Parade table topper pattern starts with 7 assorted fat eighths, so it’s great for making with small pieces of fabric from your stash. And if you’d like to make your version extra-special, there are instructions in the pattern for adding hand or machine embroidery to the seams in crazy quilt style for the perfect finishing touch. The digital quilt pattern is available here.
While you’re making new table quilts, don’t forget to use fabrics from your stash to make cloth napkins. This is a great way to use extra fabric, and, since the napkins are reusable, they are eco-friendly. Napkins also make nice gifts and church bazaar items.
Start with 18″ squares of fabric for generous-sized napkins, or smaller squares for lunch or snack napkins. Serge the cut edges, or turn each edge under 1/4″ twice and then sew close to the folds. That’s it – you’re finished! You can also make double-sided napkins by sewing around 2 fabric squares right sides together, leaving a small opening for turning. Turn right side out, press, and stitch close to all edges, stitching the opening closed as you go. What could be easier?
For a patriotic table runner (Presidents’ Day, anyone?), check out this cute design by Jean Nolte. A super cool freezer paper technique helps you make the pieced free-form stars quickly and easily. Each block turns out slightly different, giving the quilt lots of personality and sparkle. My Patriotic Table Runner finishes at 20″ x 44″, nice for a medium sized table. Digital patterns are available here, and we also have a limited number of quilt kits available.
Now for a special surprise – ALL these table quilt patterns (and many more quilt projects) are included in the new Spring 2017 issue of Easy Quilts magazine! If you’re a subscriber, your issue is already on its way, so get ready to sew! You can also order print and digital copies of the magazine from our online shop.
Get started on a year-round collection of table quilts today, and share photos of your projects on the Fons & Porter Facebook page. We LOVE to see your work!
The Fons & Porter Team