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Christmas Candle Table Runner

This quilted tablerunner features the designs from the Christmas Candle Redwork Sets for a small (4" x 4") hoop. This is a pretty simple and quick project, but it looks very attractive. It's great as a centerpiece for your Christmas table.

The finished size of the tablerunner is about 17" x 42".

For the project you will need:

  • 1/2 yard of light-colored fabric for the background,
  • about 1/8 yard of green and cream colored pattened fabrics each for the nine patch blocks,
  • about 1/2 yard of red fabric for the triangles and binding,
  • cut-away light-weight stabilizer,
  • rayon or polyester embroidery threads for embroidery, cotton threads for sewing and quilting.
You will also need fabric for the backing and low-loft batting.

Use size 12/80 embroidery needle for embroidery and 12/80 general purpose needle for sewing.

Cutting

Out of light-colored fabric for the background, cut

  • 8 squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".
Out of red fabric, cut
  • 6 squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" and
  • 3 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric.
Out of green patterned fabric, cut
  • 2 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric, subcut them into 3 strips 20" long.
Out of cream patterned fabric, cut
  • 2 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric.subcut them into 3 strips 20" long.

Nine-Patch Blocks

Take 2 green and 1 cream strip and sew them together lengthwise, as shown.

Subcut the new strip into 8 strips about 2 1/2" wide.

Take 2 cream and 1 green strip and sew them together lengthwise, as shown.

Subcut the new strip into 8 short green-cream-green strips.

Using the new short strips make nine-patch blocks of 2 kinds:

Alternatively, if you do not have long pieces of fabric, you can make the nine-patch blocks using 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares. The finished size of the block should be 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Assembly:

Using all the squares, sew them into rows:

Row 1: Green nine-patch square - light square - red square

Row 2: Light square - cream nine-patch square - light square - red square

Row 3: Red square - light square - green nine-patch square - light square- red square

Row 4: Red square - light square - cream nine-patch square - light square.

Row 5: Red square - light square - green nine-patch square.

Sew the rows together as shown:

Embroidery

Stabilize each block with light-weight cut-away stabilizer. Embroider one block at a time. Make an embroidery of Christmas Candles on the light squares.

Quilting and Finishing:

Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted along the lines of the embroidery and made stippling all over the background fabric. The red triangles were quilted in in parallel lines.

After the quilting is finished, press the piece with heavy steam and trim the edges -- first trim the short sides, the corners between the short sides should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Then place the ruler along the diagonal of all red squares and cut through.

Finish the raw edges with the binding.

The table runner is ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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