This attractive, Christmas-themed set consists of a table runner and four place mats. You can also make the table runner by itself and use it as a wall hanging. This tutorial describes how to make the table runner. The place mat is described in a separate tutorial.
For the table runner, we used the applique designs Poinsettia and Candles for the mega hoop (10" x 12"), however the version for the large hoop (5" x 7") will work as well.
The finished size of the table runner is about 23" x 39".
For the table runner, you will need
If using whole pieces of the neutral-colored fabrics, out of each, cut
Sewing the Central Part:
Note: seam allowance is 1/4". Press every seam immediately after you make it.
If working with strips of the neutral-colored fabrics, take one strip of each fabric and sew them together lengthwise. Press the seams in one direction. Repeat for the remaining 6 strips.
On your working table, cut the new wide strips into 2 1/2" wide strips. For the table runner, you will need 22 strips in all.
Alternatively, sew your 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares into 20 strips with 6 squares in each strip and 4 strips with 3 squares each.
Take 14 of the 6-square strips and sew them together, flipping all even strips. Press seams.
Sew the red 1 1/2" x 28 1/2" strips to the long edges of the central part. Sew the 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips to the shorter edges.
Take 2 of the 6-square strips and rip the center seam to make 4 shorter 3-square strips.
Sew two 6-square strips and one 3-square strip together to form a 15-square trip.
Make another strip in the same way.
Sew the 15-square strips to the longer edges of the working piece.
Sew together a 6-square strip and a 3-square strip. Sew another strip in the same way.
Sew the 9-square strips to the shorter edges of the working piece.
Sew the 3 1/2" x 34 1/2" green borders to the longer edges of the working piece,
Sew the 3 1/2" x 14 1/2" green borders to the shorter edges.
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 in a freemotion style all over the quilt.
After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.
Finish the raw edges with the binding.
Your table runner is done. Enjoy!
The place mat is described in a separate tutorial.