Quilt Runners

Very creative bed runner from the book, Make Your Bed by Leslee Evans.

Quilted runners for beds can be made more quickly than a full-sized quilt and they add interest to a plain bedspread or coverlet. They can also provide extra warmth for your feet. Make them to match your throw pillows for a very attractive style.

Because a quilt runner is a quick project, it is often a great choice for beginning quilters. Choose a simple pattern and enjoy the adventure of learning a new craft.

Cotton prints and solids are easy to sew and are the fabrics preferred by most quilters. Innovative, colorful Amy Butler prints are wildly popular with quilters. Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Broadcloth is an excellent choice when you need a solid color for quilts. Quality broadcloth is also an ideal choice for the back of a quilt runner.

In the excitement of choosing your fabric combination, don’t forget that a quilt also needs thread and batting. Batting is the padding layered between the top and bottom of the quilt. Batting is available in several thicknesses and many types of fiber.

The thickness of quilt batting is referred to as loft. A low loft batting is suitable for a quilt runner. Polyester quilt battings such those available from Quilter’s Dream and Mountain Mist are ideal for quilt runners. The crib size batting from Mountain Mist is low loft and a convenient 45″ x 60″. Polyester batting is economical, easy to quilt, and hypo-allergenic.

Make a simple quilt runner this month, and stash it away for a holiday gift.