Surf's Up: Quilted Table Runners Catch a Wave

9 Jun 2014

I live in a town near the ocean, and while we're not close enough to hear the surf, we always know it's there, beckoning.

Summers are relatively short in New England, so we have to take advantage of our proximity every chance we get.

To celebrate beach season, I think I'll whip up one of these Surf's Up quilted table runners by Marcia Van Oort. The hibiscus version brings the Pacific Ocean to mind (we lived in California for many years) while the vintage stripe version has an Eastern seaboard look to me. They are easy to piece and quilt.

This set of quilted table linens is featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Stitch magazine. (You'll find the downloadable quilted table runner patterns and templates for the surfboard and hibiscus at

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Easy piecing: Surfboard quilted table runners designed by Marcia Van Oort for Stitch magazine.
To make the basic quilted table runner:

1. Lay in order: Surfboard Top, cotton batting, surfboard back, right side up. Pin together.

2. Stitch around the surfboard leaving the bottom straight edge open. Trim down the front point seam allowance.

3. To aid in rolling the edge out after turning the surfboard, press just the backing seam allowance in toward the body of the surfboard.

4. Turn the surfboard right side out, making sure the batting is sandwiched between the top and backing. Roll out edge and press.

5. Turn in the seam allowance on the open end and slipstitch closed. Pin-baste the surfboard before quilting to hold the layers in place.

6. For the hibiscus version, quilt along the stitch lines (shown on the pattern) with thread to match. For the vintage version, stitch in the ditch on both sides of the navy stripes using thread to match.

Theses quilted table toppers will serve as a fun reminder that we should catch the waves while we have the chance.

Full directions and a materials list for this project (as well as many other quilt, home decor, and garment projects) are available in the Summer 2014 issue of Stitch magazine. Better yet, subscribe to Stitch, and keep the projects and sewing advice coming all year long.


P.S. What's your favorite summertime quilt or sewing project? Leave your comment below.

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