Quilted Table Runners and More: Our Staff Picks

It’s the time of year when decorating the house becomes a high priority. Maybe it’s because, with the cooler temperatures (at least where I live), we spend more time inside, or maybe it’s because with the dropping leaves we need to bring some color and play into our homes. Either way, quilted table runners and other toppers are a great way to spruce up your dining room, hall table, breakfast nook, and so much more. Many table toppers can even be hung on the wall as mini quilts. One of the things I love about table toppers is that they are a nice, manageable size, so they can be sewn up quick—they even make great hostess gifts at all of those holiday parties. So jump in with me and some of the Quilting Company editors as we look at some of our favorites!
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“Through the Forest” • Lee Chappell Monroe

Through the Forest Table Runner

Associate Editor, Kristine Lundblad says, “This charming table runner is a beefy size and perfect for a large table. The trees and trunks are fused onto a background and this table runner can easily be made in an afternoon and on your table that evening if you do everything by machine. This makes a lovely hostess gift, too—customize the look to any color scheme or season.”
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“Let’s Talk Turkey” • Jenny Doan

Let’s Talk Turkey

Managing Editor, Anissa Arnold loves a more seasonal pattern. She says, “‘Let’s Talk Turkey’ is an oldie but goodie. I’ve been wanting to make this table runner for years and just haven’t had time yet. Maybe this will be the year! I love the simple, cute design and the fact that I could make this runner in a weekend.”
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“Autumn Cheer” • Tony Jacobson

Autumn Cheer

Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor has fall on the mind as well. She says, “I love this design with the star in a Carpenter’s Wheel. I can picture this table topper in all sorts of colors. Christmas colors, blue and white, or red and white … and what about something with a dramatic black background. Can I go home and sew now?”
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“City Pipes” • Vivika DeNegre

City Pipes

Vivika DeNegre, Editorial Director uses her quilted table toppers in lots of different ways. She explains, “I know this ‘City Pipes’ pattern says it is a wall hanging, but I use it on my coffee table as a runner. One of the things I like about the versatility of quilted accessories is that you can use them in many different ways. This pattern could add color to home décor as a wall hanging, table topper, runner, or just thrown on the back of a chair.
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“Welcome to the Table” • Paige Alexander

Welcome to the Table

And my favorite? I’ve jumped on the pineapple craze bandwagon. Pineapples symbolize hospitality and friendship. While normally associated with summer (piña colada anyone?) the colors of the pineapple transition nicely into fall as well—try pairing the yellow and green with a nice warm brown, or go non-traditional and make this cute topper in any color. I also appreciate that this topper is made using 2½” strips and half-square triangles. It should sew up in a jiffy! Or, you could even modify the pattern to create placemats! Grab this and many more lovely patterns in our table topper pattern bundle, available here. How do you decorate your home in the upcoming seasons? Share your photos in the comments below, or on our Facebook and Instagram! We can’t see what you will stitch up! Sew long, Katie Chicarello
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