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.

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.

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  1. Alma K Croix says:

    Was able to do a “British Sampler” Tour recently. Your country is beautiful. Loved the flower boxes everywhere!!

  2. Carole Yoxall says:

    Really love this beautiful pattern Rose,. I think the individual 16″ squares will also make great place mats for the Christmas table to accompany the runner .A great project Thank you xx

  3. Hai Rose.It is simple but elegant design. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Rose. Your table runner is lovely. I may try my hand at making one some day. So far I have cut out 4 Sunbonnet Sues (dress/bonnet/hand/shoe and have 5 more to go. Thanks to you I will be able to get them done faster. I found your Autumn Fruit Applique Quilt and the Owl and the Pussycat and others and was happy to find how you appliqued with the Misty Fuse and the Goddess sheets. I already had a package of fusible web and started using it after I read your blog. My great great niece is 10 months old and her first words were “hoot hoot” so I will be making the owl and the pussycat after I finish Sunbonnet Sue. I have already cut out the owl and the cats.

    I read your story on Wellington and found that the Beef Wellington dish may not have been named after him after all. It was all very interesting.

  5. Hi Rose – thank you for this. I think it is lovely and would make a beautiful gift. Will have to try to think of someone to give it to, but then I may just keep it for myself. Thank you.

    Glad you enjoyed your trip to London and your wander round a couple of statues. I wrote my thesis on public statues and public art in London.

    I look forward to hearing about your next trip. Take care and all best Janny

    • Hi Janny. That must have been a fascinating subject to research. Did you live in London at the time? I love Birmingham but I certainly enjoy my visits to Birmingham. I’m off again on Friday for a school reunion.

  6. Sheila Lymn says:

    Hi Rose and at last this weeks mail has come through and wow it is lovely although the green does look blue ! can I order the fabric in my usual way please ?this is a definite to make for Christmas ,Thank you for the history of the Wellington Arch way I found it most interesting and hope you picked lots of berries yummyum
    love as usual Sheila xx

    • Hi Sheila. I’ll post your order tomorrow. Lots of lovely blackberries. The ones that I didn’t eat are now in the freezer, to be used in the winter.

  7. Sue Craighead says:

    Thank you Rose for this lovely pattern. I always enjoy your news bits on your quick trips. I still have my dream of visiting your beautiful country.

  8. Thank you, this will be a great gift to a pastor.

  9. I agree, it is beautiful! The paisley fabric actually looks gold in the finished runner. I found the seats at The Apollo very uncomfortable.

    • Hi June. I don’t remember that – I just remember the hoops we had to jump through to get in. The tickets are free but you have to arrive really early to be sure of your ticket. Then we had quite a bit of time to spare – one or two glasses of wine were consumed!