Christmas Cross Table Runner Pattern

Christmas Cross table runner

Christmas Cross table runner

The Christmas Cross table runner is very simple to make and I think it’s really beautiful – but I would say that, wouldn’t I!  I’ve used three blocks which are 16″ square finished size and added a red frame to it.

The table runner measures 18″ by 56″ and it takes 1/2 yard each of red, green and gold.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements for the Christmas cross table runner

4.7/8″ squares:  six red, six green

2.7/8″ squares:  twelve green, twelve gold

4.1/2″ squares:  six gold

12.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles:  three gold

2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles:  twelve green

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  twelve green

18.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles:  two red

1.1/2″ by 48.1/2″ strips:  two red

You will also need rectangles about 20″ by 60″ in both backing fabric and wadding.  Oh yes – about 170″ of binding as well.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

You need to make half square triangles with both the 4.7/8″ and 2.7/8″ squares.  Place two squares 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 triangles which are either 4.1/2″ or 2.1/2″ square.

Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Christmas cross table runner block layout

Christmas cross table runner block layout

Make the Christmas cross quilt block

As this is a simple block, I have shown the full layout rather than showing it in stages.  Place a 12.1/2″ gold rectangle in the middle with a gold square above and below it.  In each corner of this central section place a red/green half square triangle with the red on the outside.

Make the outer frame with green rectangles and green/gold half square triangles.  The top and bottom rows are made with 6.1/2″ green rectangles on either side and a pair of green/gold half square triangles in the middle.

For the sides lay down two 4.1/2″ green rectangles with a pair of green/gold half square triangles between them.

Sew the patchwork pieces across the row for all the rows except the middle one.  For this one you need to sew the two half square triangles at the ends together first and then sew the pieces across the row.

The block measures 16.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make three of them.

Add red to the sides

Add red to the sides

Assemble the Christmas cross table runner

Sew the blocks together in one column.  Sew a 1.1/2″ red strip to each side of the column.

Mark a curve on the corners

Mark a curve on the corners

For the ends of the table runner I chose to round the edges but you might prefer  just to leave them square.

Fold the red rectangles in half along the length so that all the corners lie together.  That way you make sure that you have the same curve on each corner.  Mark a small curve across the corner – I used a plate – and cut along the curve.

Sew rectangles to the ends

Sew rectangles to the ends

Sew one rectangle to each end of the table runner, with the curved edges at the ends.

That completes the Christmas cross table runner.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  This is done in the same way as for a quilt.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

I should add here that as there are curves on the corners I should recommend that you use binding cut on the bias but these are such small curves that when I bind it I will just use normal straight binding.

Here’s the video:

Trip to London

Wellington statue

Wellington statue

Last week my daughter managed to get hold of tickets for Live at the Apollo in London.  We had a wonderful evening and the next morning I took a walk around the Buckingham Palace area before catching my train back to Birmingham.  So much splendour!

The buildings are wonderful and I was particularly struck by how much parkland and greenery exists even in the middle of London.  Look at all those trees around the statue of the Duke of Wellington.

Wellington archway

Wellington archway

It was a sunny day and I couldn’t see the screen of my camera very easily so the photos of Buckingham Palace either show too much sky or too much pavement – but then I’m sure you’ve seen many images of Buckingham Palace already.

The English Heritage photo of the Wellington archway shows more detail than mine does – and it gives you the history as well.  Apparently it was built in the early 19th century and then moved towards the end of the century.  The archway is very imposing and again you can see the trees very close to it.

Midnight Star Table Runner Pattern

Midnight star table runner

Midnight star table runner

The midnight star table runner is a delightful project made using the midnight star quilt block.  It measures 46″ by 19″ and I have used 1/4 yard of white fabric, 1/2 yard of light blue and 3/4 yard of dark blue.  There are four quilt blocks, each one 9″ square finished size.

You may have noticed that I haven’t felt able to offer the special offer while I was packing up to move home, but as this is a small project the 10% discount on these fabrics is available on this week’s special offer.

Cutting requirements for the midnight star table runner

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen light blue

4.1/4″ squares:  eight dark blue, four light blue, eight white

For the borders you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ dark blue strips across the width of fabric and three 1.1/2″ light blue strips across the width of fabric.

I am planning to bind my midnight star table runner with the white fabric – this would require four 2.1/2″ strips of white cut across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the midnight star quilt block

The first part of making quarter square triangles is to make half square triangle units.  Place two squares 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 to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 3.7/8″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Make quarter square triangle units

Make quarter square triangle units

In order to convert these into quarter square triangle units, you need to repeat the above process, but using half square triangles instead of plain squares.  Place two half square triangle units with right sides together.  Both units should have the seam running in the same direction.  Mark a line along the other diagonal, crossing the first seam, sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line to give two quarter square triangle units.

Three different quarter square triangle units

Three different quarter square triangle units

That’s the basic technique, but obviously it’s which colour half square triangles that you use which will make the different quarter square triangle units required for this midnight star table runner.

So for the dark blue/white quarter square triangles you will need to make half square triangles from dark blue and white squares.  Place two of these half square triangles with right sides together, making sure that the dark blue of one is against the white of the other.  Proceed as above and you will produce quarter square triangles of dark blue and white.  You need to make eight of these and that will require four plain squares each of dark blue and white to begin with.

For the light blue/white quarter square triangles do the same but with light blue and white squares only.  You need to make four of these, so you must start with two squares each of light blue and white.

Third configuration of quarter square triangles

Third configuration of quarter square triangles

The third colour combination has two dark blue triangles, one white and one light blue triangle.  To make these you will need to make half square triangles using dark blue and white squares, as well as using dark blue and light blue squares.  Place a dark blue/white half square triangle right sides together with a dark blue/light blue half square triangle, making sure that the two dark blue triangles are not lying against each other.

You need to make eight of these quarter square triangles, so you will need to use four dark blue squares, two white and two light blue squares to begin with.

I hope this is clear, but if not you might find it helpful to watch the video where you can see me actually placing the squares together for each quarter square triangle.

Midnight star quilt block layout

Midnight star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in three rows of row.  There’s a light blue 3.1/2″ square in each corner and a light blue/white quarter square triangle in the middle.  The dark blue/white quarter square triangles are placed in the middle of the first and third rows, and the three-coloured quarter square triangles are placed at each end of the middle row.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the midnight star quilt block.

Make four blocks.

First border

First border

Assembling the midnight star table runner

Sew the blocks together in a row.

For the purposes of the border, I’m counting the long edges as the top and bottom and the short edges as the sides.  The first border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 13.1/2″ for the sides.

Add the second and third borders

Add the second and third borders

The second border is made with 1.1/2″ strips of light blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 15.1/2″ for the sides.

And finally the third border is made using the 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue again.  You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 19.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the midnight star table runner.  It can now be layered, quilted and bound as for any quilt.  You can find full details of these steps in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

I am moving house on Tuesday – well I am if everything goes according to plan!  I’ve already written the pattern for next Friday, but I’ll be without phone or broadband for a week in my new house so please bear with me if I take a while to reply to comments and emails.  I’ll be making use of the broadband in places like Starbucks and the library.

Craftsy

Ladder Quilted Table Runner Pattern

 

Ladder quilted table runner

Ladder quilted table runner

I have made the ladder quilted table runner big enough for the table in a banqueting suite, I think.  The trouble was that I was using strip piecing and I just wanted to use up all the fabric that I had pieced.  Hindsight being a wonderful thing, I could have just made two sensibly sized table runners.

I was going to call this the weave table runner because I thought that it gave the effect of the green line of squares weaving under the cream fabric strips.  I realise now that to do that I would have to have taken the green over the cream for every other strip – making it a more complex pattern.  As it is, it takes no time at all to make and is probably the simplest project that I have sewn for a long time.  It looks more like a ladder than anything else to me.

By the way, I know that it looks like blue fabric in the middle, but the fabric is  actually more green than anything.  The finished size of the ladder quilted table runner is 12″ by 56″.

Cutting requirements for the ladder quilted table runner

One 4.1/2″ strip each of red, green and brown fabrics, cut across the width of fabric

Six 2.1/2″ strips of cream fabric cut across the width of fabric, cut into ten 12.1/2″ lengths and two 56.1/2″ lengths

Sew the three strips together

Sew the three strips together

Making the ladder quilted table runner

Sew together the strips of red, green and brown to make a three-fabric panel.  Press and then cut across the panel at 4.1/2″ intervals.  This will give you strips of fabric 4.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ made of one square of each fabric.  I managed to cut nine of these from my panel – it was using all of these that led me to make such a long table runner!

Alternate the cream and coloured strips

Alternate the cream and coloured strips

Sew these nine strips together with ten 12.1/2″ strips of cream fabric, so that you have cream at the top and bottom and also alternating with the coloured strips all the way down.  To provide a bit of interest for the eye, I flipped the coloured squares so that in one row the red would be on the right and in the next row it would be on the left.  The green obviously stayed in the middle for all the rows to give some continuity.

Sew a cream strip to each side

Sew a cream strip to each side

Sew a 56.1/2″ cream strip to each side of the ladder quilted table runner – and that’s the top finished!  You can see why I think that it’s the easiest table runner that I have ever made.  It can now be layered, quilted and bound as for any quilt.

Here’s the video:

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I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Wedding Rings Table Runner


 

Wedding rings table runner

Wedding rings table runner

The wedding rings quilt block makes a great table runner pattern.  I have used three of the blocks to make a table runner 15″ wide by 45″ long.  It is simple to sew and makes a very striking addition to any table.  I have used 1/4 yard of the gold and the black fabric, 1/2 yard of the ruby (that includes the binding) and 3/4 yards of white fabric.

Cutting requirements

3.7/8″ squares:  twelve each in gold and white, twelve each black and white

3.1/2″ squares:  fifteen white, twelve ruby

Backing fabric and wadding:  one rectangle about 17″ by 47″ of each

For the binding you will need three 2.1/2″ strips of the ruby fabric

 

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in gold and white as well as black and white.  Place two squares 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 will give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners of the squares.

Wedding rings quilt block layout

Wedding rings quilt block layout

Make the wedding rings quilt block

Lay the patchwork squares out in five rows of five.  There’s a white square in the middle of each edge and also in the middle of the quilt block itself.  Place one ruby square on each edge of the central square.  There’s a gold/white half square triangle in each corner with the white triangle on the outside and another one diagonally in from each corner placed between the ruby squares to give that ring shape in the middle of the block.  Place a black/white half square triangle either side of each corner, placed so that they form a line with the gold triangle.

Sew the squares across each row

Sew the squares across each row

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make three of these blocks and sew them together in a row to make one rectangle 15.1/2″ wide by 45.1/2″ long.

Layer the table runner

Layer the table runner

Finishing the wedding rings table runner

Lay the backing fabric with right side down.  Smooth gently and lay the wadding on top of it.  Smooth gently again and lay the patchwork down with right side up.

Pin to secure the three layers, quilt to hold them together and bind as for any quilt.

I have used colours to remind me of precious stones for the wedding rings table runner, but of course you could make it any colours to suit any occasion.

Here’s the video:

I have made up a few kits of this table runner – to include the printed pattern, all fabrics and wadding needed to make it.  Click here for details.

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