Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Comfort and JOY with Connie and her Christmas Tree Table Runner Tutorial

First off I want to thank Madame Samm for inviting me back again! I'm Connie from Quilting by the River and I hope you will stop by my blog where I have tutorials and lots of projects going on all the time. Now I want to share with you a fast Christmas runner that could still be made before the holidays.
The size is 10 x 36 and is made using 2 - 1/2 strips of fabric.
Here is the layout of each block, can you tell I am a visual person?

I used 3 different prints for each tree. You are going to make easy half square triangles by cutting your background fabric and tree fabric into 2 - 1/2 inch x 2 - 1/2 squares so let's get started.
  • Cut 2 - 2 1/2 x 2 - l/2 blocks of each tree fabric and 8 - 2 - 1/2 x 2 - 1/2 background fabric
  • Place the tree fabric right side up and the background fabric right side down on top of it
  • Draw a line diagonally across, this will be your stitching line
  • Stitch the seam
  • Press the seam toward the tree print and trim off the 2 back pieces
Now that you have your half square triangles (HST's) we are going to add the rest of the pieces.
  I have marked the sizes on the photo so you can save this to your computer for easy reference. I used a 1/4 inch seam.
Here are the tree limbs ready to be sewn into a block.
 Completed block is 10 1/2 x 10 x 1/2
 Make 3 blocks, I switched the color order on the middle tree.

 Cut 2 background strips 2 1/2 x 10 1/2 and 4 - 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 squares from binding and sew the squares to the ends the same way you did the HST's. Then sew them together. You will need 2 sets of these.
Sew the sets to both sides of your center block.
Now sew the other trees to the center piece.
I used muslin for the backing and Warm & Natural batting. My binding was 2 - 1/2 inch strips.
I did a free-motion stipple quilting on the background.

The runner looks a little funny on my table but that is okay as this is going to my daughter and she has a long buffet in her dining room, I hope she likes it! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and if you have any questions just let me know. I also have a Give-away  going on right now so come and visit! Thanks again Madame Samm for having me here!

52 comments:

  1. Great table runner and excellent tutorial. Thanks Connie.

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  2. I'm putting this one for my list to make during 2012! I want to start a notebook of projects that just didn't get done this year. Procrastination is my middle name...but I come by it genetically. Great tutorial. Thank you.
    Beckie in Brentwood,TN

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  3. Great Connie! I wish I wasn't FMQ impaired.

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  4. Connie a big thankyou this runner is gorgeous i will be making this one for sure

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  5. thanks connie, I follow u anyway but this tutorial is so lovely, my 4 year old asked when I was making it...for xmas 2012 I think :O)

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  6. Love this runner Connie!! Great tutorial..TFS!!!

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  7. I like this one! Hope you weren't trying to keep it a secret, does you daughter know you blogged over here???

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  8. Great table runner. Will make nice presents for me, my daughter and granddaughter. Thanks!

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  9. Toll, wenn alles klappt liegt Weihnachten so ein hübscher Läufer auch auf meinem Tisch. Danke.
    Liebe Grüße Monika

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  10. So pretty, Connie. Maybe I can make one for myself, even for THIS Christmas!

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  11. I love your table runner. I wouldn't use it myself, and am trying to think how to adapt it so I would use it!

    Maybe a Christmas pot holder?

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  12. I love it! I have some free time in my schedule tonight, maybe I'll take some fabric to work with me, and cut it out...shhhh don't tell. Thank you!

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  13. Connie, this is a wonderful project...just in time! An excellent tutorial. Well done and thanks!

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  14. Connie, this is a wonderful project...just in time! An excellent tutorial. Well done and thanks!

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  15. This is a really cute holiday runner! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  16. super cute table runner Connie! Love it!

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  17. Awesome table runner. No time for this Christmas but a good project for next Christmas. I am sure my sisters would enjoy receiving one of these next Fall in time for their decorating. Thanks so much!!

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  18. FBULOUS RUNNER AND GREAT TUTORIAL!

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  19. I love this....I just have to do it.....

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  20. Good Morning Connie....I am sew darn impressed with you and all of our guests this week..YOU all have sew much to do and yet YOU and our delightful ladies keep coming and wowing us...I am wowed...thank you for continuing to inspire us all..I love this runner..your details and photos are done perfectly. x

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  21. Cute table runner for the holiday season. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Love it. Wish I had time to make one this year.

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  23. I love this runner! And it could really be "out" all winter! Can I possibly make 5 of these before Christmas?! EEEEKK!! Wonderful tutorial! thanks for sharing!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  24. Great table runner Connie. I really love this and it appears to be so easy; even for me. haha I guess this is where having a great stash of fabrics in all shades of many colors would come in really handy. If not for the lack of different shades of green, I might have tried doing this today. It's been printed though so if I do find that I do have the fabrics, maybe I can get some done.

    Thank you so much.

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  25. Very festive! :) Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us.

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  26. Such a lovely runner Connie...great tutorial too...Merry Christmas

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  27. Such an easy to follow tutorial! I really want to do this for next year. No time left this year. LOL.

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  28. Connie! Great job on this -- I will definitely be making one of these. Very, very cute!! :)

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  29. Connie, thank you! Now to pull out some green fabrics!

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  30. Oh Connie, I love it! Think I can even squeeze one in before Christmas. Thanks so much!

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  31. Oh Connie, I love it! Think I can even squeeze one in before Christmas. Thanks so much!

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  32. Oh Connie, I love it! Think I can even squeeze one in before Christmas. Thanks so much!

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  33. This is sweet! And I love the clear cut instructions and the many photos1

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  34. I love it! Great design and great tutorial!

    Jennifer :)

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  36. I love this but am confused by the directions and the pictures for the half-square triangles. Do you put them one on top if each other, draw a diagonal line then stitch 1/4 inch away on both sides, cut on the drawn line to get two triangles? I just can't figure this out. Please help. Thank you.

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  37. Great work Connie. I just knew this post was going to be great...AND IT WAS!!

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  38. Sew lovely! This is going on my to do list. Thanks for the easy tut.

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  39. I love these Christmas trees! O' Christmas Tree, O' Christmas Tree,... please sing along :)

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  40. Hi...just to say that I love all your work and blogs...and thank you for coming to my blog as well!! I haven't been able to work much this year do to lots of things!! I also work on translations and that always take over things, but I was also down because of something that after my head...so good now and all well!! but all I could do is read and not work as much!! planing now for next year!! but I wanted to wish you a happy Christmas and lots special times with family and friends and thank you for all your beautiful work!! and wish that next year will be good to all of us!! love!

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  41. I like this! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

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  42. Great tutorial...love how the binding is the same as the triangles, and really sets off the trees so nicely! Thanks for sharing this with us - love it!

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  43. Connie this is a great table runner - I know your daughter will be thrilled with it. blessings, marlene

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  44. Thanks everyone for the sweet comments you have left and thank you Madame Samm for having me again!

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  45. That is a cute table runner...thanks for the tutorial. I know I'm asking a lot...but I want a tutorial for adding the text on top of your photos so nicely...great job :)

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  46. I love this, it's just the idea I've been trying to find. Thank you so much. It's going to look wonderful on my entry table.

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  47. Thanks for this Connie, it is too cute. But one tiny correction is in order. This has to be 10x38, not 10x36. I drafted it in EQ7 and no way will it work at 36" wide.

    If everyone cuts the strips per your directions it will come out right, but if they're trying to make it 36" wide, they'll have to do some trimming.

    I like the suggestion of potholders, I'm going to try those too!

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  48. http://plantcityladyandfriends.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-winning-table-cloth.html

    The above is how I adapted this design for a round table cloth. It helped win for the most beautiful table at the church's Christmas Tea on Dec. 7, 2013. Love this quilting blog!

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