So, you won’t be setting a Christmas table for another six months, so why talk about tablescapes in July? Because now is the time to start searching for the things you might want to add to your collection, or sew up a table topper or runner. The table topper here is quilted and covers the entire top of the table. I set my placemats and dishes on top of it. It is the sampler quilt I showed a few days ago. Quilted table toppers and runners make wonderful Christmas gifts for your friends and family.
Last year I wanted some forest green chargers for my tablescaping stash, and could not find any. Not one. No where. Not even in the online stores, or auction sites. I scoured the local thrift stores to no avail. I did score some gold ones one year, and those just had to do.
For thrift store junkies like me, you never know when you’ll come across something perfect. These paper napkins were 50 cents in the final markdown basket at the thrift store. The black background went perfectly with my holiday luncheon plates. The key is to keep your eyes open. The same thing applies to shopping at the discount stores, tag sales, and out of season sale tables. Another idea, use those spreaders you never use at the breakfast table for butter or my Black Cherry Creme on Popovers. Those little touches for your family will bring holiday cheer all season long.
And keep your options open for small things that make a centerpiece interesting. Lots of small items together create a low display that guests can talk over and admire like these birdhouses and Santa figures. I find more of these little Santa figures every year, just bought another one last week. They are sitting on another quilted table topper.
An integral part of most of my tablescapes are quilted runners or table toppers. One I use over and over is the one shown in the picture below, a simple hexagonal shape with rings of alternating values and colors in red, green and ecru.
If you would like to do a runner, here is a link to the quilted runner I did last Christmas as a quilt-along. Christmas Star Runner
Another very simple runner can be made with Christmas fabric as the center surrounded by squares. Cut a piece of focus fabric 8 inches x 32 inches.
Cut 3-inch strips of red and green fabrics to coordinate with the print. You’ll need two WOF strips.
Sew the strips together, then cross cut 3-inches wide into two-square doublets. You’ll need to unpick a couple. You’ll need 18 red squares and 18 green squares three inches each.
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.
Quilting it is simple, with King Tut thread of course. I cut the same red fabric into 2-1/2 inch strips for binding and stitched it in place.
I had a nice Sunday stitching down the binding on the back while watching the football games last fall. The little runner covers the book table in the kitchen. Christmas cookbooks are set out with it, these from my Gooseberry Patch collection.
I finally did find some green chargers, they came the last week of June! I’ll have them on the table this season.
I absolutely love King Tut threads, wonderful for quilting those table toppers and runners and your Christmas quilts. The thread is strong, with a nice finish, and quilts beautifully through any kind of batting. Superior is offering a prize of 4 spools of King Tut Thread along with a pack of Superior needles! This giveaway is open to readers in the USA. Superior Threads Education.
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