As the festive season takes hold, we would like to share with you a free table runner pattern designed just for Quilting Focus. This Christmas themed table runner is modern, easy and totally Christmassy and will look great as the centre piece of any table spread, whether it be a traditional roast dinner, an outdoor barbeque or a cold ham and salad spread.
By Charlotte Scott
36cm x 93cm (14in x 36 1/2in)
All fabric is 100% cotton, 110cm wide (42in) and prewashed and ironed.
24, 5in squares of mixed, low-volume fabrics (background)
7 scraps of turquoise fabrics, about 5in square (holly leaves)
Small scraps of red fabrics (holly berries)
50cm (20in) red polka dot fabric (backing)
25cm (9in) turquoise print fabric (binding)
(Stoneware by Jane Shaw, available from Opua Arts Studio and Gallery)
2m (2 1/4yd) red jumbo ric-rac
Paper backed fusible web
Small sharp scissors
Fabric basting glue
Rotary cutter, cutting mat and rulers
Sewing machine with free-motion quilting foot and walking foot
General sewing requirements
If the low-volume background fabrics are not pre-cut, then cut 24, 5in squares.
Click on the link and print out the appliqué pattern at 100% scaling: It’s Christmas! applique pattern
Trace the holly leaf shape onto the paper backing of the fusible web seven times and trace the holly berry 18 times, leaving about half an inch between the shapes.
Cut out the holly leaves and berries roughly.
Using a hot, dry iron, fuse the holly leaves onto the wrong side of the turquoise fabrics and fuse the berries onto the wrong side of the red fabrics.
Cut out each shape carefully and precisely, set aside.
Sew the 24 low volume background squares into eight rows of three.
Press the seams of each row in alternate directions.
Sew the eight rows together, nesting the seams. Then press the seams between the rows in whatever direction they prefer.
Arrange the holly leaves in a zig-zag pattern down the centre front of the table runner. Arrange the berries in groups of three at the point of each zig-zag.
Once happy with the layout, remove the paper backing from each shape and fuse in place.
Arrange a length of jumbo ric-rac running lengthwise, either side of the holly leaves. Glue baste in place.
Note: designs on this table runner are appliqued and quilted at the same time to make it a quick and simple project.
Press the backing fabric well and lay it right side down on a firm flat surface. Secure the edges with masking tape.
Centre the batting on top and smooth it flat.
Press the table runner top well, remove any loose threads and lay it right sides up on top of the batting.
Baste using your preferred method. Remove tape.
Attach the free-motion foot to the sewing machine, lower your feed dogs and free-motion quilt about 1/8in inside the edges of the holly leaves and berries. Use a contrasting thread and repeat it twice for a loose and sketchy look.
Use a cream thread and free-motion quilt a flowing design down either side of the holly leaves and the ric-rac.
Set up the sewing machine for walking-foot quilting and stitch about 1/8in inside the edges of the ric-rac to secure it down. Use a matching thread.
Using a rotary cutter and ruler, square up the table runner.
Cut three 2 1/2in strips across the width of the turquoise print binding fabric.
Join the strips end to end using a 45-degree seam. Trim the seam allowances, then press the seams open to reduce bulk. Press the binding strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.
Starting half way along one side of the table runner, aligning the raw edges and leaving a 10in tail for joining, sew the binding to the back of the table runner (this is in preparation for finishing the binding entirely by machine). Stop ¼ inch from the first corner, backstitch then remove the table runner from the machine.
Fold the binding strip out at a 90-degree angle from the corner, then fold it back down so it aligns with the next side neatly.Continue stitching right from the end of the table runner. This will form a neat mitred corner when the binding is folded over to the front. Repeat with the next three corners. Leave a 10 inch gap between the binding beginning and end.
Trim back the tails of the binding strips until they overlap by the width of the original binding strip (2 ½ inches) plus ¼ inch (total 2 ¾ inches of overlap).
Unfold the binding tails and overlap them perpendicular to each other, right sides together with a slight overlap of 1/8 inch, you will have to fold up your quilted table runner a bit to achieve this. (In the photo two different coloured binding strips were used for demonstration purposes).
Pin to secure then mark a diagonal line from corner to corner. Stitch along the line, remove pin then flatten out to test whether it fits the table runner neatly. If it does, trim the seam allowance and finger press open.
Fold binding strip over the raw edges of the table runner and pin the folded edge so it sits just over the stitching line of seam that holds it onto the back. The corners should naturally form a mitre.
Machine sew binding down 1/8 of an inch from the folded edge. This will catch the inside edge of the binding on the other side and leave a neat finish on both sides.
Done! Now use your beautiful new table runner to decorate your Christmas table and have a happy festive season!