Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Windmill - Free Table Runner and Pillow Case Pattern - Charm Pack

If you loved my Windmill Quilt Pattern, then you'll love the table runner and pillow case pattern too! This project is quick and easy, uses left over charm packs or if you have a favorite yardage or fat quarter trim them down to 5" squares and you'll be set!

Currently our dinning room is a Bear/Honey woodland theme in the colors black and golds. I had some left over prints in Joel Dewberry fabric which I did my honey comb wall hang from and I wanted to finally add a table runner. Lastly when it came down to the quilting I wanted to replicate one of the tiled patterns but I made it in a fat diamond shape just to throw it off a bit. I'd love to see your progress and finished projects! Tag me on Instagram #letsquiltsomething

Pillow Materials:  (Use a 1/4" seam allowance.)
  • 4 - 5" squares (must have two of each print to complete a pinwheel)
  • 1/2 yard - Background + Border
  • Backing for Quilted Top - 1 Fat Quarter
  • 1/2 yard - Backing (Envelope style)
  • Batting - 20" x 20"
  • 18" Pillow Form

Table Runner Materials:  (Use a 1/4" seam allowance.)
  • 6 - 5" squares (must have two of each print to complete a pinwheel)
  • 1 yard - Background
  • Binding - 1/8 yard
  • Batting - 20" x 48"

  1. First separate your 5” squares into two piles. (Note make sure one of each print is in each pile.)
  2. With only one pile of 5” squares you are going to cut into 4 – 2 ½” squares per 5” square. 
  3. With your background fabric cut 2  1/2" x WOF, sub-cut into   8  - 2  1/2" squares for the pillow and 24 - 2 1/2" squares for the table runner. Lastly you'll need 4 - 2  1/2" x 6  1/2" rectangles for the pillow and 12 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles for the table runner. 
  4. With your background fabric cut 5" x WOF strips, sub-cut into 2 - 5" squares for the pillow and 6 - 5" squares for the table runner.

Piecing a Block:

1.  With your 2 ½” print squares and 2 ½” background squares, you’ll lay one on top of each other, right sides together and sew at a diagonal on the center. Cut ¼” away from your seam and press open. Shown Below 

2.  With your 5” print squares and 5” background squares; draw a line at a diagonal on your background square. Place your print and background squares right sides together and sew ¼” away on both sides of the line you drew. Doing so will yield you two HST per print. Shown Below.

3.  With the smaller HST made in step one, sew matching pairs together on their side. Shown Below.

4.  Continuing on building your block made in step 3, sew a matching larger HST to the bottom of the smaller HST. Shown Below. 

5.  Lastly add a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangle to the left side of your block made in step 4. Block will be 6 1/2" square. Shown Below.

6.  With the smaller block made in step 5, use 4 blocks and sew a larger square together. Shown Below. (You may use 4 prints per block to make your whole block scrappy, or two prints per block like the windmill quilt pattern, or lastly use the same print through out the block shown on the patterns cover.) Block will be 12  1/2" square. Make one block for a pillow and three blocks for a table runner.

Finishing Your Pillow:

1.  With your finished quilt pillow block, add a 3 1/2" border to all sides and quilt it. Use 1 fat quarter and trim to 18” x 18” square for your backing and layer with batting to quilt it. Once finished Trim down to a 18” square block again.

2.  With two fat quarters cut a 18” x 21” rectangle. Fold in half so you’ll have a thicker 18” x 10 1/2” rectangle. On the fold sew ¼” away. (You may use a straight stitch or decorative stitch.)

3.  Lastly adding wrong sides together first lay your quilted pillow front, folded sides will aim towards the center of the pillow. (It should over lay each other, this will be your envelop backing) Sew a ¼” seam ALL around your quilt pillow square. You may use a blanket style stitch all around to secure it more if it will be under heavy use.

4.  Once finished you'll need to add binding strips to cover the outside raw edges. This will give you a nice decorative touch since the block is mostly background fabric. (Shown on the Cover)

Finishing Your Table Runner:

1.  Lay three blocks out accordingly.
2.  Between each block add a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip for sashing. 

3. Lastly add a 2 1/2" border all around your table runner.

4.  Finish your table Runner like a standard quilt. 

5.  Layer the backing, batting and table runner top to form a “sandwich” and baste together for machine quilting.  

6.  Trim Excess batting and backing fabric. 

7.  Lastly using 2 1/2” x WOF binding strips, use your favorite technique to complete your table runner.


  1. It look lovely. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. I agree! Love having the pillow and table runner. This is a perfect summer idea.