Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Christmas tree table runner tutorial

Christmas tree table runner tutorial
by Rachel Janssen
December, 2009
Christmas tree table runner tutorial

The inspiration for this design came from Denyse Schmidt’s Roots quilt.
Table runner measures 3 ft long x 14 inches.

Step 1:
From cotton fabric (use up your scraps!), cut the following pieces:

Green scraps for tree branches (5-6 different greens):
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 6”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 5”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 4”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 3”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 2”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 1”

Brown fabric for tree trunk:
cut 2 rectangles 1.5 x 13.5”

Yellow fabric for wonky stars (5-6 different yellows):
cut 2 middle squares 1.5” sq.
scraps to make star points (I just used scraps but you might want to cut triangles)

Background fabric (I used white fabric from the thrift store):
cut 3 rectangles 2.5 x 14.5”
cut 36 rectangles 1.5 x 7”
cut 4 squares 1.5 x 1.5”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 2.5”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 3.5”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 4.5”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 5.5”
cut 4 rectangles 1.5 x 6.5”

Step 2:

Stitch together tree branch + background piece to make equal-length strips. Press.
tree branch + background
      6”                 1.5”
      5”                 2.5”
      4”                 3.5”
      3”                 4.5”
      2”                 5.5”
      1”                 6.5”

Piece together each branch of trees with a 1.5 x 7” background piece. Add 1.5 x 7” background piece to top (or bottom) so each side has white strip at top and bottom of tree. Press.

Determine layout (so different greens are next to each other and across) and piece tree sides together. Press.

Step 3:
Make wonky star points. (for additional help making wonky stars, please see this tutorial).
Stitch star points on to one end of 4-1.5 x 7” background rectangles.
Stitch star points on to one side of 2-1.5 x 1.5” background squares.
Stitch star points on to one end of 2-1.5 x 13.5” brown strips.

Piece middle star square to top and bottom star points (brown on bottom if your middle square has directional design). Press.

Stitch 1.5 x 7” background strips to top of side star points (on background strips). Piece this to top of tree side blocks. Press.
(There are different, probably easier, ways to assemble these trees-this is just how I put them together).

Step 4:
Piece brown vertical strips (with wonky star parts) to tree side blocks. Press.

Stitch 2.5 x 14.5” background strips to bottom of each tree. Piece 2.5 x 14.5” background strip to top of one tree then the other side of that strip to top of other tree. Press.

Table runner quilt top is now finished!

Christmas tree table runner tutorial
I quilted mine with (semi) straight lines through the strips.

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments. This is my first time writing a tutorial so I hope it makes sense!

11 comments:

  1. This is great and is at the top of my to do list for next year ! Thanks!!!

    - Donna
    kindredcrafters1.blogspot.com

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  2. I love the design. It would look really nice on my dining room table!

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  3. This is beautiful!! Bookmarking it now!!

    -Kelli
    theselvageyard.blogspot.com

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  4. This look very cool ! I definetly have to make one for X-mas. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. This is an adorable tree pattern! I am using your tutorial to make a block for a Christmas Bee I'm in :)

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  6. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
    JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR TO MAKE FOR MY DAUGHTERS WHO WANT SOMETHING FUNKY :-)
    THE TUTORIAL IS VERY WELL EXPLAINED!!!!
    SO MUCH BETTER THEN MOST OF THE BOUGHT PATTERNS THESE DAYS ...:-)
    THANKS SO VERY MUCH!
    Sophie Australia

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  7. My daughter will absolutely love this one!! I think I'm gonna make a couple!!

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  8. What a great idea!!Now to find the time to make this!Mahalos :)

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  9. Thanks for the tut very pretty....

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  10. Just made one, this week. Great directions, went together fast. Thank you!

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