HST Pinwheel Table Runner tutorial

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I created this half square triangle pinwheel table runner using the leftovers from my Tassel quilt but this could easily be made with fabrics you have in your stash.

One of the easiest quilt blocks to make is the half square triangle and you’ll see it used in many ways in quilt patterns.

HST Pinwheel Table Runner tutorial on kitchen table

HST Pinwheel Table Runner tutorial

16″ x 24″


  • 3/8 yard of two different fabrics
  • 1/4 yard for the binding
  • 5/8 yard for the backing
  • batting

Many of you have told me that you have an AccuQuilt GO! cutter and dies as you have started having trouble rotary cutting. Using the electric cutter will enable you to continue cutting out your quilt projects.

I’ll share two different ways you can make this easy table runner.

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Be sure and use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Use an Accuquilt GO!

If you have an AccuQuilt GO! cutter, you’ll want to use the 4″ finished HST die or there is a 4″ HST die in the Qube Mix & Match 8″ set. The Fabric Strip Cutter for your 2½” binding strips.

Use the HST die to cut your half square triangles. You need a total of 24 of each color.

Rotary Cutting

  • Cut 12 – 5″ cream squares
  • Cut 12 – 5″ brown squares
  • Place each cream square on top of a brown square with right sides facing
  • If you are using batiks, you won’t have to worry about right/wrong sides
  • Mark a line diagonally down the center and stitch 1/4 inch on both sides.
  • Cut on the centerline; press toward the brown fabric.
  • Trim your blocks to 4½” using a ruler.
Half Square Triangle Assembly

Arrange 4 half-square triangle blocks into a pinwheel design and then sew together.

half square triangle blocks

Half square triangle blocks made into a pinwheel block – make 6 blocks that measure 8½”.

Half square triangle blocks made into a pinwheel block

Sew two rows of three blocks to create your table runner.

Layout the blocks for the table runner

Add your batting and backing to the table runner and quilt as desired. I used my trusty old vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine.

Still using my old singer sewingmachine

I just did rows of simple waves for my free motion quilting. If you look carefully you will notice that I try and avoid free motion quilting over the center of the pinwheel where there is a lot of bulk from the layers.

Closeup of quilting

The backing used the same Soil & Seeds batik fabric that I used for the border on my Tassel quilt. Isn’t it cute with the little boots, wheel barrels, and other gardening things!

Back of the table runner

After quilting, trim your table runner and add your binding. Cut two 2½” strips of fabric the width of your fabric, and apply it using my machine binding tutorial.

Table runner quilting

I have a couple more projects that I made using the same fabrics from the Tassel quilt and I’ll be sharing them soon.

I hope you have enjoyed this easy table runner tutorial and if you make one, please share it with me!

HST tablerunner on table

Here is another photo of my Tassel quilt that I don’t think I have shared before.

Tassel quilt pattern

Download a PDF of this tutorial – if you already subscribe to my newsletter you can sign in to my resource library and you’ll find this download under Table Runners.

HST Table runner

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  1. Patricia Carbery says:

    Love your tututorial and I look forward to your newletters

  2. Thank you for this tutorial.

  3. Sharon Luedeman says:

    Connie, I LOVE ❤❤ this Pinwheel Table Runner/Quilt Block Pattern. Thank you for the tutorial. I actually think I would like to make it and, maybe I missed it, but can’t find a pdf for the pattern, but maybe there isn’t one. At any rate, thank you sew much for your patterns and I enjoy reading your emails.

    1. Joyce Henrich says:

      I am also looking for this pdf.

  4. Connie, congratulations on another beautiful piece of art. I love the color choice. Simple but elegant. Thanks for sharing.

  5. peacemeal says:

    Love this new quilt and the colors are so warm and inviting. And they look so good as table add ons. We are married 30+ years and I still use placemats we got as wedding gifts. Time for new ones! Batik is my favorite – bought some in Amana Quilt Shop and nearly killed me to cut it. I need a Road Trip to Amana for more! Thanks for the pattern. Well done.

  6. Love this. Great idea for a gift or housewarming gift. Love the pics of your dog.


  7. Dianne Mann says:

    Thank you so much! I love it and wanted something smaller to work on between quilts. Love this easy pattern layout. I look forward to reading your fun filled posts every week. Thanks again and big hugs to Mr. Mickey.

  8. Very nice! I am going to try this week…

  9. Thank you Connie! Love this table runner.

  10. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    I always save those gifted HSTs!! I also really like it when a designer actually uses them…either in the borders of the quilt or a companion project! There have been times when I use the “gifts” to create a fabulous border that the designer didn’t think of!

  11. Elsie Davis says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful patterns