Ladder Quilted Table Runner Pattern


Ladder quilted table runner

Ladder quilted table runner

I have made the ladder quilted table runner big enough for the table in a banqueting suite, I think.  The trouble was that I was using strip piecing and I just wanted to use up all the fabric that I had pieced.  Hindsight being a wonderful thing, I could have just made two sensibly sized table runners.

I was going to call this the weave table runner because I thought that it gave the effect of the green line of squares weaving under the cream fabric strips.  I realise now that to do that I would have to have taken the green over the cream for every other strip – making it a more complex pattern.  As it is, it takes no time at all to make and is probably the simplest project that I have sewn for a long time.  It looks more like a ladder than anything else to me.

By the way, I know that it looks like blue fabric in the middle, but the fabric is  actually more green than anything.  The finished size of the ladder quilted table runner is 12″ by 56″.

Cutting requirements for the ladder quilted table runner

One 4.1/2″ strip each of red, green and brown fabrics, cut across the width of fabric

Six 2.1/2″ strips of cream fabric cut across the width of fabric, cut into ten 12.1/2″ lengths and two 56.1/2″ lengths

Sew the three strips together

Sew the three strips together

Making the ladder quilted table runner

Sew together the strips of red, green and brown to make a three-fabric panel.  Press and then cut across the panel at 4.1/2″ intervals.  This will give you strips of fabric 4.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ made of one square of each fabric.  I managed to cut nine of these from my panel – it was using all of these that led me to make such a long table runner!

Alternate the cream and coloured strips

Alternate the cream and coloured strips

Sew these nine strips together with ten 12.1/2″ strips of cream fabric, so that you have cream at the top and bottom and also alternating with the coloured strips all the way down.  To provide a bit of interest for the eye, I flipped the coloured squares so that in one row the red would be on the right and in the next row it would be on the left.  The green obviously stayed in the middle for all the rows to give some continuity.

Sew a cream strip to each side

Sew a cream strip to each side

Sew a 56.1/2″ cream strip to each side of the ladder quilted table runner – and that’s the top finished!  You can see why I think that it’s the easiest table runner that I have ever made.  It can now be layered, quilted and bound as for any quilt.

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  1. dear Rose – if you have gone over and under you could have called it woven ladder. I think this is lovely and simple and very effective especially as it could adapted to follow the seasons or the colours of a room. Thank you.
    all best Janny

    • Hi Janny. That’s a good idea. I would make a woven ladder except that everyone seems to be attracted by the simplicity of this pattern, so I’ll stick with it.

  2. Gail Ammons says:

    Love this quilt and love the colors. Think i might make this one for my mother. Thanks Rose.

  3. Thanks for this tutorial. It’s very useful for my learning process. I’m a beginner and I enjoy a lot your tutorials.

  4. This is Beautiful Rose, I can’t wait to make one in spring colors !! Thank You So Much !!

  5. Like it Rose nice and easy