Friday, December 9, 2011

Comfort and Joy. With Dorian. A Christmas Tree Runner

Hello everybody, so glad to be back! Thank you Samm. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Dorian, and blog over at RidgeTopQuilts. Would love for you to come over and take a look around :)

When I asked Samm if I could be part of the tutorial month, I told her I was thinking of a table runner. I couldn't decide if I should do a rectangular one, or some other shape. Samm suggested a Christmas tree shape. Perfect I told her! So here we go...

We are going to make 5 different type blocks, 10 blocks in all. These are all made from scraps. So get out a bunch of green scraps and some pretty Christmas ones, or even some FQs if you have them about. Of course, you can use all the same greens and Christmas colors, if you like to work with yardage instead.

                                                                         BLOCK ONE

You will need 8 HST (half-square triangle) blocks. * You will be making HST blocks for 4 of the 5 blocks we are making. This is the way I do all of mine, and have put only one set of pictures showing the process.

One 3 1/8" x 18 1/2" green strip and one 3 1/8" x 18 1/2" white strip.
Lay them face down together. Mark squares every 3 1/8" down the strip.
Then mark diagonal lines.
Sew 1/4" on both sides of diagonal lines.

Cut apart on all solid lines. Press and trim to  2.5" squares.

You need 12 green 2 1/2" squares, and 3 white 2 1/2" squares.

This will make three blocks. Stack the pieces for the three blocks as follows.

Chain sew your columns together, then your rows, using 1/4". Press and trim to 6 1/2".

                                                                       BLOCK TWO

You'll need 8 flying geese blocks, 2"x 3 1/2".
Two- 3 1/2" white squares.
Eight- 2" green squares.

Here's how I do my flying geese.

Using two- 4 1/4" green squares and eight- 2 3/8" white squares.

1. Right side up, lay your green square on the table. Right side down, place 2 white squares in                  opposite corners, they will slightly overlap in the middle.
    Draw a line from corner to corner, and sew 1/4" on both sides.
2. Cut apart on solid drawn line. Open small triangles, and press.
3. Put another white square right side down, draw a line from corner to corner, and sew 1/4" on either       side.
4. Cut apart on drawn solid line. Open up triangles and press.
5. Trim to 2" x3 1/2". You will get four flying geese from this method.

This will make 2 blocks. Using your geese and your 3 1/3" white squares and 2" green squares. Lay them out as follows.

Sew columns together, then rows. As you can see, you can also make your center squares green, or one of each. It makes each block look a little different.

                                                                    BLOCK THREE

You are going to need eight- 3" HST blocks.
And ten- 2 1/2" green squares.

Make your HST's  the same way as for Block One. Using a 3 1/2"x 14" strip of green and a 3 1/2" x 14" strip of white. Lay them right sides together. Mark your square lines at 3 1/2". Draw your diagonal lines. Sew 1/4" on either side. Cut apart. Press and trim to 3".

Now lay one HST block right side up, and place another one right side down, making sure your colors are opposite, top and bottom (your seam lines will be matching).

Draw a line from corner to corner, the corners that are not seams. And sew 1/4" on either side.

Cut apart, press and trim to 2 1/2". These are called quarter square triangle blocks, or QST.             This will make 2 blocks. Lay your QST blocks and your 2 1/2" green blocks out, as follows.               

Sew your columns together, then your rows. Press and trim to 6 1/2".                                                      


You will need eight HST blocks. Made from one- 2 5/8" x 10 1/2" green strip. And one 2 5/8" x 101/2" white strip (I used a blue strip instead).   Plus another 2 5/8"x 10 1/2" green strip and one 2 5/8" x 10 1/2" red strip.

Mark your square lines at 2 5/8", draw diagonal lines, sew a 1/4" on either side. Cut, press and trim your blocks to 2". 
Lay your HST blocks and sixteen 2" green squares out as follows. Watch your colors, so they come out right. This makes two blocks. Sew your columns, then your rows. Press and trim to 6 1/2".     


You will need eight green and white HSTs, using strips that are 2 5/8" x 10 1/2".
Four green and white HSTs, using strips that are 2 5/8"x 5 1/4" and four red and white HSTs, using strips that are 2 5/8" x 5 1/4".

Mark your square lines at 2 5/8". Draw diagonal lines, sew 1/4" on either side. Cut, press and trim to 2".

Lay out your HST blocks as follows. Watch your colors! This makes one block. Sew your columns, then your rows. Press and trim to 6 1/2".

Sew your blocks together in rows, as follows. Mix and match your blocks, which ever way you want. Just so you have 1, 2, 3, 4 blocks in the rows.

 Setting triangles.

Cut ten- 6 3/4" x 4 3/4" rectangles. 
Cut five of the rectangles from right top corner to left bottom.  Make sure your rectangles are all right side up when cutting


Cut the other five rectangles from left top corner to right bottom corner.

Sew two of these together for the top.
Add one triangle to either side of each row.


You will need 27 -  4 1/2" squares, what ever color you want, or a mix of them.
Fold your square from one corner to an opposite corner.  Making a triangle. Then fold again from corner to corner, making a smaller triangle with folds on two sides and raw edges along the bottom.

Place one prairie point (PP) on your sewing machine with the opening towards you. Place another PP inside the first one, 3/4" of an inch in. Sew a 1/4" seam thru both triangles, stopping about halfway thru the second one, so you can add the third one. (I have a full tutorial on PPs here, if you need more pictures.)

You will need to sew them in rows of 4, 7, 11, and 15.

Lay your 4 PP strip on top of row one, place the top green triangle on top, right side down. Pin and sew a 1/4" seam. Sew your 7 PP strip between row one and row two, your 11 PP strip between row two and three, and your 15 PP strip between row three and four.

Lay your ruler along the edges, and trim off  the little points of the green setting triangles.

Quilt and bind as desired.

Hope you've all enjoyed my runner. Thanks again for having me Samm!


  1. Cute, cute, cute table mat! So many block possibilities can be used for this tree shaped holiday mat. Thanks for this inspiration!

  2. super cute dorie! another fun project to add to the list of "someday" hehe

  3. Dorian, this is so cute! And I love the shape...I can see all kinds of possibilities! Thanks for sharing...an excellent tutorial!

  4. Good Morning Dorian....LOVE THIS... a tree runner and a nice size too...very sweet indeed ...Your prairir points ...a delightful addition...thanks for dropping in and sharing a bit of you...

  5. Way tooo cute!!! Wonderful idea!!

  6. So cute!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

  7. This is adorable! Love the addition of the prairie points, too. This is a nice change from the "standard" shapes of table toppers!

  8. A very nice idea for an alternative runner. Thank you.

  9. I LOVE THIS!! I am going to have to make one right away!

  10. Nice runner! I like how you make each block look simple...especially the first one. i must try that technique.

  11. Dorian this is just perfect! I love that you used different blocks and that I actually know how to do them. :) blessings, marlene

  12. Thank you for the fabulous tutorial. What an adorable table runner.

  13. What a wonderful table runner and so different! I love the addition of the prairie points. It makes it look like rick rack...love it!

  14. Stop it!!! I just love this!!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Hi. My name is Ania. I'm from poland. I like your tree! Is so beautiful!!!


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