Holiday decorating is so much fun! I needed some extra pieces to add to the Quilt Along runner. I wanted to do another runner for the little bookcase table in the kitchen, along with something for the kitchen counter. I have this adorable kitchen inspired print in Christmas colors, and I wanted to use more of it this year. Last year I did the Christmas Candle Wrapper with it.
This year, I cut strips of red and green fabrics to coordinate with the print. If you want to make this project, just find a focus fabric and cut a piece 8 inches x 32 inches. Then you’ll need 18 red squares and 18 green squares three inches each. I started with 3-inch strips.
Sew the strips together, then cross cut 3-inches wide into two-square doublets. You’ll need to unpick a couple.
Sew those together for a two color border. Two green squares and one red square were sewn together, then sewn to the ends. The side borders begin and end with red squares, 15 on each side.
When I read this post on Connie Campbell’s blog Freemotion By the River on her cute Fast and Easy Table Topper, I knew it was a great design for the countertop. All it takes is six pinwheels, two small squares, and one big square cut into triangles. Click on the blue project title to go to her blog for the directions. I made up some quick pinwheels and assembled this little project in under an hour, using those same prints.
I loaded them onto the longarm frame together with the quilt along runner. Both runners got the Deck the Halls panto.
I put a snowflake panto on the pinwheel mini quilt. I wanted a large motif for the center, so I had to start by lining it up with that big snowflake where I wanted it on the piece. Quilting it was really fast since it is small. I think I would have liked this to be a little denser, like Connie did hers.
I cut the same red fabric binding for all three projects to make it simpler. They were stitched on one by one.
I had a nice Sunday stitching down the binding on the back while watching the football games. The little runner covers the book table in the kitchen. More Christmas cookbooks are set out, these from my Gooseberry Patch collection.
Connie’s Pinwheel Fast and Easy Table Topper was on the kitchen counter.
But I also like it on the pub table with a woodland Santa and a little tree. Maybe I just need to make another one!
Next up is a Christmas Hexagonal Table Topper, downloadable instructions with a template available on that post.
I still have lots of Christmas fabrics, and I am really inspired right now.
Plus there are all these fabrics too, what I didn’t use on the ornaments. More tables to decorate too.
I am going to try a new-to-me technique on the next project, and I’ll have that for you soon! Are you sewing any holiday themed projects?