Scrappy Pinwheel Table Runner Quilt | New Quilters

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Red and white quilts are a perfect fit for your table on so many occasions: Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and pretty much any other day if you really like red, like me.

A scrappy little table runner quilt like this is a quick way to use some of your scrap pile of reds and/or whites to dress up your holiday or everyday table top.

You can sew together this small quilt in just a few hours. The fabric provides all the excitement you need to set a pretty table, so you can do minimal quilting and still have it look great. (I simply stitched in the ditch between the pinwheel blocks.)

This quilt is made entirely from half-square triangles. If you don’t know how to make them, they’re easy! Click or tap here to see our tutorial.

Scrappy Pinwheel Table Runner Quilt Pattern


Size: 18″ x 54″ (46 x 137 cm)

Fabric You Will Need

  • Twenty-four 6″ squares of solid white cotton quilt fabric, or 2/3 yards if you want to cut your own squares from yardage.
  • Twenty-four 6″ squares of a variety of red fabrics that look good together.
  • Binding: 1/3 yard, cut into four 2-1/2″ width-of-fabric strips.
  • Backing fabric: 1-1/4 yards (this allows for an extra 2″ of backing fabric all around the quilt.)
  • Batting: One 20″ x 56″ piece of a thin quilt batting/wadding such as cotton or bamboo.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Make the half-square triangle blocks: Combine each white square with a red square and make each set of two squares into half-square triangle blocks. The 24 sets of squares will make 48 triangle blocks. Learn how to make half-square triangle blocks.
  2. Use a ruler and rotary cutter to trim each block to 5″ square.
  3. Using the photo above as a guide, lay out the blocks into four rows of 12 blocks each. Take some time to look at the layout and move blocks around until you are pleased with how the blocks are arranged.
  4. Sew the blocks into rows, using scant 1/4″ seams.
  5. Press the seam allowances in each row in the opposite direction from the ones in the next row. This will make it easier to sew the rows together.
  6. Sew the rows together, nesting the seams together where seam lines join. I like to pin at all the joins to make the seams align as perfectly as possible.
  7. Batting and backing: Cut the batting and backing fabric to 20″ x 56″. If you use regular-width quilt fabric, cut two pieces lengthwise (parallel to the selvage edges) that measure 20″ x 45″, then sew the two pieces together along the 20″ sides, with right sides of fabric facing each other. Trim the pieced backing to 20″ x 56″. If you use extra-wide backing fabric, you can simply cut the backing to size.
  8. Layer and baste the quilt top, batting, and backing. Learn about basting.
  9. Quilt the layers together. The only machine quilting I did for this table runner was stitching in the ditch.
  10. Binding: Cut four strips that measure 2-1/2″ x the full width of your fabric, from selvage to selvage.
    Make the strips into quilt binding, then sew the binding to the quilt. Learn how to bind a quilt with no hand sewing.

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