Modern Aztec Quilted Table Runner - DIY Holiday Table Decor

Modern Aztec quilted table runner featuring holiday prints for DIY Christmas table decor | Shannon Fraser Designs #holidaytabledecor 

I’m not sure what was in the water back in August, but it was a month where I was clearly feeling all the Christmas vibes! 

Not only did I design the Irish Vortex quilt pattern that was very much influenced by the holidays, I also started working on this Scandi holiday version of my Modern Aztec quilt pattern

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Red, coral, cream and black holiday quilted table runner folded on the table - great DIY holiday project | Shannon Fraser Designs #DIYHoliday

I seem to be a on a table runner kick as well (check out the Figure Eight and Sonata projects for more table runner inspiration)! But they’re just so perfect. They’re small projects, so you can whip them together nice and quick. Since they’re smaller, you can also test out different quilting techniques. Plus, you don’t need a lot of fabric, which makes it a perfect scrap buster! That’s a win-win-win in my books! 

Red, Corral, Cream and black and white fabric pull for Modern Aztec holiday quilted table runner - Scandinavian style DIY Christmas | Shannon Fraser Designs #fabricpull

Which is exactly what I did here. I love these Scandinavian inspired prints designed by Heather Rosas for Camelot Fabrics. These scraps have been hanging out in my fabric stash for years. The last project I made with them are these holiday quilted mug rugs I gifted to friends and family that Christmas. 

There were some fun Art Gallery Fabrics’ *Raise the Volume low volume prints leftover from my Modern Heart quilt I made for the Modern Sewcialites blog hop. I don’t often work with low volume prints, but I love how they add subtle movement and detail to the final design. 

Coral, red, cream, black and white and essex linen Modern Aztec quilted table runner | DIY Christmas table decor | Shannon Fraser Designs #tablerunner

Quilting detail on the holiday scandinavian style Modern Aztec quilted table runner | Shannon Fraser Designs #quilting

Modern improv quilted backing using red, coral, essex linen, black and white print on the back of the Modern Aztec quilted table runner | Christmas table linen | Shannon Fraser Designs #tablerunner

The backing was the stumbling block in getting this one done (well, and other quilty priorities too!). I really wanted to use more Raise the Volume prints, but I didn’t have enough. I then thought of just backing her fully in my favourite *linen, but for some reason it just didn’t feel right. Then, out of nowhere, I decided to pull the scraps leftover from piecing the top and just started to play. All of a sudden, I was inspired, having fun and quickly pieced the backing together. Aren’t those the best kind of sewing sessions?! 

The batting is also a trimming scrap that just fit. I have quite a few of those, so I anticipate more table runners in the future. 

Bird and floral detail in Scandinavian holiday print featured in the Modern Aztec holiday quilted table runner | Modern holiday decor | Shannon Fraser Designs #christmasquilting

Holiday Modern Aztec quilted table runner folded on the table | Christmas quilting project | Shannon Fraser Designs #tablelinen

Despite starting this in August, she hung out on my design wall and sofa for months. So, I had little time to get this one quilted up before bringing her with me during the holidays to finish up the binding by hand. I focused on straight line quilting using my fave *50wt Aurifil Thread. The quilting follows the layout of the chevrons, which is one of the design elements I love most of the Modern Aztec pattern. What I was really excited about was finally getting to use that black and white striped print as binding. Ever since I purchased this during a big sale, I’ve been itching to use her – and I just love how it turned out. 

Large quilted table runner featuring red, coral, black and white and scandinavian style prints in the Modern Aztec table runner | A quilted Christmas | Shannon Fraser Designs #quiltedtablerunner


Here's the full list of materials featured in the Holiday Modern Aztec Quilted Table Runner: 

Heather Rosas prints from her Folklore collection (sadly, no longer available)

*Waves of Echo from Raise the Volume 
*White Noise from Raise the Volume 
Boxes in Black from Camelot Fabrics Heirloom collection (no longer available), but *this print would work perfectly too!
*50wt Thread for piecing and quilting 


Modern Aztec quilted table runner Scandinavian holiday version in red, coral, essex linen and black and white | Shannon Fraser Designs #tablerunnerpattern

She got finished just after the holidays, so no quite in time to use her this past holiday season. But I guess that just means I’m way ahead of the curve in my 2019 holiday planning! 

In a pinch, I think the colourway could also be used for a Valentine’s Day celebration! Or, with the tulips and birds featured in the prints, it could even bring a feeling of Spring to your home décor. 

Either way, the Modern Aztec table runner pattern is super versatile – check out the following quilted table runner versions for more inspiration:


I have a huge love for Scandinavian design and feel this table runner is a great combo of that influence and modern quilt design. Hope you love it too! 

The Modern Aztec quilt and table runner patterns are now available!    

Happy quilting! 



PS I’ll be knocking this one off my Q1 FAL 2019 list


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