November 11, 2016

Table Runner from Blue Christmas Tutorial

I recently had the opportunity to teach machine applique using my Blue Christmas Machine Applique tutorial to my local traditional quilt guild and a neighboring guild. Wanting to give the students more options, I designed a table runner using the same applique motifs, a string of vintage Christmas lights.

Christmas vintage string of lights table runner
For the background, I found this harlequin diamond fabric in my stash by Blend Fabric.  The light bulbs are a tone on tone yellow gold and the sockets and strings are a RJR Cotton Supreme solid.  The red border is a Cotton and Steel print, Ornamentals in Cherry, from the Garland line.

Christmas lights table runner

I quilted it with using my walking foot and used the diamond grid in the background fabric as a guide.  I found it still necessary to mark the border to keep the quilting lines straight.  Aurifil 1147 light leaf green was the prefect match.  I quilted right over the applique and bias stems and it worked perfectly.

Threads for applique and quilting

The table runner measures 16 1/2" x 33" only because I was limited on the fabric.  It could easily be made the width of your fabric (using the same yardage given in the tutorial) or even longer.  I found a great backing in my stash.

Christmas table runner and back

The majority of the students choose the make the table runner and made great progress in class.

Quilt Stats:

  • Finished size:  16 1/2" x 33" 
  • Pattern:  Blue Christmas Machine Applique Tutorial
  • Fabrics: Background - Harlequin by Blend Fabric; Border - Ornamentals by Cotton and Steel
  • Thread: Applique - Mettler; Quilting - Aurifil 1147 light leaf green
  • Quilting design:  Straight line with walking foot on my Bernina 153
  • Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
  • Completed: November 2016

Linking to Finish it up FridayFinished or Not Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Fabric Frenzy Friday and Show Off Saturday.


  1. I loved your table runner.
    So cute.
    The quilting is perfect.
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial
    Have a wonderful weekend

  2. I'm sure everyone enjoyed your class, because that table runner is beautiful. The fabrics you chose were perfect.

  3. What a great pattern to teach the class, it's so cute!

  4. Oh I love it. Another great item using your Blue Christmas pattern. Very festive and pretty.

  5. Do you teach very often Paige?
    This is a really cute project. Just enough of a challenge but not overwhelming. Now you have something new to decorate with for the holidays. :-)

  6. The next time you teach this class I want in! Great runner and twist on your Blue Christmas pattern.

  7. Wow, the crosshatch quilting really helps the background print to pop. What a fun table runner and I hope it was a fun class. :)

  8. so lovely!! The diamond fabric really look stunning. At first I thought it was woven. Perfect runner for festive season :)

  9. Lovely Paige, and the quality of your work is beautiful, as always.

  10. Sweet quilt! It's going to dress up your table beautifully!

  11. Wonderful work! Thanks for linking up to Finished or Not Friday!