This gorgeous quilted table runner with matching place mats comes from the Fabric Freedom site. I have used their basic design and just simplified it a bit to make it more easy to put together. The table runner measures 42.1/2″ by 18.1/2″ and the place mats are just under 13″ square.
To make the table runner and four place mats you will need 1 yard of Christmas ribbons fabrics, 3/4 yard of red and white fabric and the same of binding fabric. You will also need about 1.1/4 yards of backing fabric and the same amount of wadding.
Christmas ribbons fabric: eight 5″ squares, thirty 2.3/4″ squares, four 2.1/8″ strips across the width of fabric, three 2.1/2″ strips for the table runner border.
red fabric: twenty eight 3.1/8″ squares, four 2.1/8″ strips, three 1.1/2″ strips for the runner border.
white fabric: twenty eight 3.1/8″ squares, eight 2.1/8″ squares.
binding: eight 2.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric.
Quilt blocks common to both the table runner and the place mats
The red and white 3.1/8″ squares are used to make half square triangle units. Place a red and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units. Repeat with all the red and white 3.1/8″ squares.
Both the table runner and the place mats have one basic quilt block as the foundation of the pattern. This is made with a 5″ ribbon square in the middle, one 2.3/4″ ribbon square in each corner and two half square triangles along each edge. Sew the two half square triangles on the top and bottom to each other and then sew them to the central square. Sew the corner squares and half square triangles in a column for the sides and sew these to either side of the central block.
The next stage is again common to both the table runner and the place mats. Cut 2.1/8″ strips across the width of fabric in white, red, ribbon, white and sew them together along the length in that order. Press this panel and then cut at 7″ intervals to make squares. Cut these along the diagonal to make strip triangles – cut one square top left to bottom right and one from top right right to bottom left. This is really important.
Making the Christmas ribbons place mats
For each place mat use one of the basic quilt blocks and place a strip triangle along each edge so that the basic block is turned on point (like a diamond). You’ll need two of each kind of strip triangle – play around with them to make sure that they form a white stripe down each side.
Sew each triangle to the edge by placing the triangle right sides together with the edge and having a 1/4″ overlap at each end. You can see the small triangle point sticking out on the top right of the photo. As you can see in the right hand photo, the line of the triangle then continues right to the next edge of the square.
Continue adding a triangle to each edge. Press well and your place mat is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. I think it’s worth mentioning here that I normally press all seam allowances to one side but for this place mat pattern I pressed the seams open where the half square triangles are joined. It makes the seam a little more flat. They show as yellow in the photo.
Making the Christmas ribbons table runner
For the table runner you will need two basic squares and two half basic squares, together with twelve of the strip triangles. To make the half squares it would be lovely if we could just cut one square in half, but that doesn’t work because you cut the ends off the red triangles if you do that.
Instead I made two half squares using for each one a 5″ ribbon square, two pairs of half square triangles and three 2.3/4″ corner squares. I made them as shown in the photos, but realised afterwards that I could have just made two the same.
Sew the squares together to make a half block and then place your ruler across the shape so that your ruler lines up with the tips of the red triangles. Cut across this line to create the two blocks for either end of the Christmas ribbons table runner.
The Christmas ribbons table runner is sewn together in rows across the diagonal. The first row (top in the photo) is made using two strip triangles on the left and a half basic square on the right. The second row is a full basic square with two strip triangles on either side of it. Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows together.
The third row is made with a full basic square in the middle and two strip triangles on either side. the fourth and last row (bottom of the photo) is made with a half basic square on the left and two strip triangles on the right. You’ll have to fiddle around a bit with the strip triangles to get a white strip running all down each side of the table runner, but it does work – trust me!
The Christmas ribbons table runner borders
There are two borders to the Christmas ribbons table runner. Cut two 1.1/2″ red strips 15″ long and two 38″ long. Sew the long strips to the sides of the runner and the short strips to the top and bottom of the runner.
For the second border cut two 2.1/2″ ribbon strips 19″ long and two 40″ long. Sew the long strips to the sides of the Christmas table runner and the short ones across the top and bottom. Do check your own measurements before you cut these strips as they might vary a little – there are lots of places where a seam size or stretching might make a difference to the overall length and width.
Finishing the Christmas table runner and place mats
Both the Christmas ribbons table runner and the place mats are regular in shape so the finishing is the same as for any quilt. Lay the backing fabric right side down and smooth gently, lay the wadding on top and smooth gently again. Lay the patchwork on top with right side up. Pin or baste to secure the three layers and then quilt to join the layers.
The fabric and the design provide enough for the eye to look at, so for the quilting I just stitched along the seam lines (stitch in the ditch), working from the top. I’ve shown the back of them in the photos. When the quilting is complete, trim the excess backing and wadding and bind the table runner and place mats.
Here’s the video: