Beginners Pinwheel Table Runner Quilt-Along: Finishing

Pinwheel Quilt Table Runner

Quilt along with us and learn how to make your very first quilt project! In this video series, Christian Tamez will teach us how to make a pinwheel quilt table runner. This is the final portion of the quilt-along and includes instructions for finishing the quilt.

Project TypeMake a Project

Quilt Size14 inches wide x 38 inches long

Time to CompleteA week or two

Primary TechniquePieced



Materials for this project are listed in the Introduction to the quilt-along.

For this part of the quilt-along, I have installed a walking foot into my sewing machine and also a size 90 quilting needle.


Cutting directions and tips for choosing fabrics are outline in the Introduction to the quilt-along.

Instructions for the top of the table runner are included in the Piecing portion of the quilt-along.

Clean up the edges:

Using a rotary cutter and a straight-edge ruler, trim away any excess from either side of the table runner.

Attach the batting:

  1. Place the table runner, right side down on your work surface. Take both layers of batting, and place them right on top. Pin in place
  2. With a rotary cutter and straight-edge ruler, trim away any excess batting, using the edge of the table runner as a guide.

Attach the back:

  1. Flip over the entire project, making sure to keep all the layers intact.
  2. Lay the one piece of fabric that measures 14" x by 38" right sides together with the front of the table runner. Pin in place.
  3. Flip project back to the batting side. Trim away any excess material using the batting as a guide with a rotary cutter and a straight-edge ruler.
  4. Using pins, mark a place on one of the sides of the table runner where you will have any opening through which you can flip out your project. The opening should be about 3-4 inches wide.
  5. Sew around the entire border of the project with a 3/4" seam allowance except for the 3-4" opening. Back stitch at the beginning and ending of sewing.
  6. Flip project out through opening and remove all pins.
  7. Fold in the area for the opening and pin shut. Topstitch around entire project with a 1/2" seam allowance.

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