Christmas Runner in Red

When I cut up the Christmas panel, I made three sections. The large wreath on the left was finished into a wall hanging, and you can see that process HERE. The smaller sections with the pine cones and greenery were finished into table runners. Each one was treated differently, so today, I’ll show the first runner.

Once again, I cut the sections to even numbers plus 1/2-inch. Both of the runners began at 22-1/2 inches long and 6-1/2 inches wide.

I cut the first border for it at 1-1/2 inches wide, and sewed it on all around. Now the runner is 8-1/2 x 24-1/2, still even numbers plus a half inch.

I made the next border a simple checkerboard from just two fabrics, a white snowflake tone on tone, and a green floral. I cut long strips 2-1/2 inches wide, then sewed them and cross cut at 2-1/2-inches to get the squares in rows. I then added an outer border cut 3-1/2-inches wide, following the Fibonacci sequence 1-2-3.

Loading it on the longarm, I used a dark red print for the back, and cotton batting.

I selected a golden taupe Glide thread this time for the top, and Bottom Line for the bobbin.

The pantograph is the same one as before, Christmas Bells and Holly.

Quilting goes very fast on small projects. Once again, I like that the thread color blends with the colors in the piece, and gives the white background areas a bit of interest.

Binding is the same fabric as the backing, a darker red print that blends well with the front. I made the binding, and did a test fit to be sure I didn’t end up with seams in the corners.

An afternoon of hand stitching while watching football, and it is done.

So there is the second piece from the panel. The third one will be a bit more involved, and I’ll show it next week. I think I’ll put this one in my upcoming sample sale. I need to purge some things out of the house.

Are you sewing for the holidays? What are you working on now? There are two slots still available in next Thursday’s Virtual Quilt Retreat – click HERE to see details and sign up.

21 thoughts on “Christmas Runner in Red

  1. Julie

    “Quilting goes very fast on small projects”! So true. Although I prefer to only work on one quilt at a time, sometimes I fit in a little quickie. I made somebody a little Christmas Tree mini this week.
    Now back to adding the border on the big quilt so I can start quilting this weekend.

  2. Debra Gutenson

    Beautiful! Can you explain the Fibonacci principle? I’m always wondering how wide to make borders. Thanks!

    1. For those not familiar with the Fibonacci Sequence, it is everywhere in nature, and makes a pleasing arrangement whether you are arranging flowers, or putting borders on quilts. The sequence is made by starting with 0 and 1, adding together the last two numbers to get the next one. So, zero plus one is one, then one plus one is two, then two plus one is three, and so on. So you get 0-1-1-2-3-5-8-13-21-34 and so on.

  3. This turned out beautifully. Such a cute panel, which is highlighted by the prints that don’t compete with the focal point and the checks which add interest. Great finish!

  4. Sue H

    So pretty! What a great idea and keeping it simple keeps the panel the star of the show. Wishing I didn’t already have plans or I’d be signed up for retreat. Maybe the next one!

  5. Joan Sheppard

    This would make a nice placemat for the times when I have a zillion plates. My boys still favor a long square plate as well. Love the versatility of this panel! I like white pillow cases with pretty flanges. This would be very pretty at the end of the pillow case!
    Thanks, it is really pretty.

  6. That is so pretty, Carole! I really like the way you added the borders – thanks for explaining your mathematical system, too. I hadn’t really ever thought how that would work for border measurements before! I’ll have to try it myself sometime.

  7. Your panel and table runner inspired me! I have no Christmas wall hanging and was debating whether I want to piece something…I’m going to consider some panels when I visit the quilt store. It won’t be done until next year, but that will be fine with me. That panels is just lovely, and the table runner in red is so festive, with such clean lines.🙂

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