Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Tree Runner Tutorial

Pin It I have a fast Christmas runner that could still be made before the holidays that could go along with the little mini Christmas tree mug rug I posted yesterday.

This is the same tutorial that I posted yesterday at Sew We Quilt where I was a guest blogger.
Christmas Tree Tutorial at Freemotion by the River
The size is 10 x 36 and is made using 2 - 1/2 strips of fabric.
Cutting diagram of Christmas tree tutorial at Freemotion by the River
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
  • You will end up with one half square triangle block
HST tutorial at Freemotion by the River
Now that you have your half square triangles (HST's) we are going to add the rest of the pieces.
Tutorial at Freemotion by the River
  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.
Putting the tree together at Freemotion by the River
Here are the tree limbs ready to be sewn into a block.
Putting the tree together at Freemotion by the River
 Completed block is 10 1/2 x 10 x 1/2
3 trees for runner at Freemotion by the River
 Make 3 blocks, I switched the color order on the middle tree.

piecing at Freemotion by the River
 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.
Putting the runner together at Freemotion by the River
Sew the sets to both sides of your center block.
Now sew the other trees to the center piece.
Putting the runner together at Freemotion by the River
I used muslin for the backing and Warm & Natural batting. My binding was 2 - 1/2 inch strips.
Quilting on runner
I did a free-motion stipple quilting on the background.

Table runner tutorial at Freemotion by the River
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.

Table runner tutorial at Freemotion by the River
Table runner tutorial at Freemotion by the River

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31 comments:

  1. Connie, your tutorial is wonderful! You are a definite pro with your explanations and pictures...a gorgeous table runner and love the mug rug as well!

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  2. Beautiful Connie! Your daughter will love it. You do an amzing job on your tutorials too!

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  3. The table runner is so cute - I really like the fabric you used for the trees.

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  4. The table runner is adorable! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial :)

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  5. This table runner is so adorable!!! I love it!!! Thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial. I need to get one of those rulers for the HST :) That would save me some serious time :) Thanks for linking up :)

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  6. Fabulous idea for the pine tree runner. It is so nice of you to share it as a tutorial.

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  7. Hi, Connie, the Christmas tree runner is beautiful. And thank you for doing a tutorial on it.
    Merry Christmas

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  8. Oh, this is so gorgeous! I have some green batiks that would be just perfect to make one of these too... thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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  9. Your table runner looks lovely!

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  10. Cool table runner, Connie! I like that you used different fabrics for the tree to give it more depth. Thanks for the tutorial -- I'll definitely be back to use it, but it may not be for this year. :) Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

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  11. Great tutorial and the runner is really pretty! Thank you for linking up to TGIFF!

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  12. Great tutorial! Love the pines as we live in the middle of pine trees! I may need to put this one on my list!
    Thanks for linking up to the Minutes for Me Linky Party!
    Have a great weekend!

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  13. That a great tutorial and table runner. Very cute.

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  14. The tree table runner is just adorable. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  15. wow, your talent is fantastic! i found you through the art blog hop,Check out my blog!

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  16. C'est très joli... Merci de nous expliquer comment faire ....

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  17. I found your tutorial for this beautiful Christmas Tree runner at Madame Samm and I have finished it yesterday evening. I love it and it is laying just in front of me.
    Thank you and Happy Christmas to you.

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  18. The runner looks fabulous too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  19. I love this. I wish so much I had time to make it. The quilting is absolutely PERFECT.

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  20. Connie, I love your creativity and especially this Pine Tree block! I posted your site on my facebook wall. Our church quilters are going to have "Christmas in July" and this is a super block for us! We make lap quilts for Veterans, Child Protective Service, Elder Care & Domestic Violence homes and your ideas will stitch up into lovely, comforting quilts.

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  21. I love the tree table runner. I was trying to figure out what I was going to make this year. Now I know. I thank you for the pattern.It is darling.

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  22. This is great. Going to have to get hot spot so I can show this to my mom she doesn't have internet

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  23. It,s simple and eye catching! Your tutorial is so clear. Thanks, Connie!

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  24. Thanks, Connie. A real eye catcher. Thanks for the great tutorial. Barb

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  25. Gorgeous (as always!) Connie. What a festive and sweet table runner! Hope you don't mind if I share this, with a link back, on my facebook page at http://facebook.com/sewfreshquilts

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  26. Hello Connie!
    That is a wonderful clear tutorial! Thank you so much!
    Esther

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  27. Excellent tutorial, Connie!! Thanks sew much!
    P

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  28. This tree runner is very nice, it adds some more Christmas atmosphere to the house!

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