Modern Table Runner


Designer: LaVerne Zuk

IG: @vernerific


This modern table runner finishes in a day and livens up any table, dresser, or kitchen island. With the right fabrics and quilting, it's easy to make one for every season.

Tools Needed:

OLFA 45mm RTY-2/C Quick-Change Rotary Cutter, Aqua

OLFA QR-6x12 6" X 12" Frosted Acrylic Ruler

OLFA RM-MG 24" X 36" Green Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat


Fabric Requirements:

6 coordinating fat quarters

16x38 backing fabric

16x38 batting

coordinated binding/facing strips


Finished Size: 12x34 trapezoid


Block Construction:


  1. Spray starch and press the fat quarters.


  1. Stack the 6 fat quarters and cut two 2 1/2 inch strips for a total of 12 strips. Separate into two piles of 6 colors.


  1. Arrange each pile of strips and sew together using a 1/4" seam to create two 13x22" striped rectangles. 


  1. Press the seams in alternating directions so that your seams nest later.


  1. Fold the rectangles along the 22" edge, right sides together, and sew the rectangles closed to make tubes. Finger press the last seams.


  1. Starting with one tube, line up a ruler along the short side of the tube and cut six 2 1/2" tubes of squares.


  1. Lay out the tubes, rotating each tube one square to the left. Use a seam ripper to open the tubes at the left-most seam. Lay out the strips so that each color alternates. 


  1. Sew the strips together to make a square. The seams will nest together so that the squares line up easily.


  1. Spin the seams when pressing to reduce bulk. For more details on spinning seams, see Bobbie Gentili's Instagram Highlights @geekybobbin.


  1. Repeat steps 6 through 10 for the second large tube to make a second block.


  1. Cut one block in half on the diagonal. FIt the triangles to either side of the whole block, taking care that the pattern continues.


  1. When sewing the triangles to the block, pin for accuracy since the seams will not nest. Press seams open.


Fun Tip: use the leftovers to add interest to the backing.


Quilt and Bind/Face

I prefer to face the table runner so that it lays more flat. For facing instructions, visit Cotton & Bourbon for a free PDF how-to guide.



Fun Tip: use the leftovers to add interest to the backing.