This weekend I finished a few Christmas table runners. The first one is a pattern I have done in the past using a fat eighths fabric package. This one I cut the same sizes but from my fabric stash. (I am trying to use up all of my Christmas fabric so I can of course buy some more.)
|Fat Eighths Pattern|
I wanted a scrappy look with a fair amount of white to it give a bright feel.
|Keyhole Block Front|
This pattern is the keyhole block I have used on several projects in the past. (The Gift and The Scotty Dog)
I used all of my Christmas fabrics from my stash. It created a nice scrappy look with lots of red and green. I might just have to keep this one.
|Keyhole Block - Back|
I pieced the back to create a simple color block look. This way you get a two for one table runner.
After I created the first two table runners I was talking to a friend and she said she liked a narrow runner. This allowed for it to be in the center of the table and still have room for plates on each side. I thought about this and it made perfect sense. I have always used a runner on a table that was not my dining room table. So it did not occur to me that a narrow one would be necessary. Here is the narrow runner I made.
It measures approximately 11 1/2 inches wide. I used the subway tile brick pattern with only three fabrics. The multi colored fabric with the black background was a small piece I had in my stash. I added a green tone on tone and a red tone on tone fabric to accompany the small piece. Only using three fabrics seems to make a bolder statement.
When I added the simple black border it really made all of the colors pop! I think this would be a great pattern to use for a baby quilt. For the back I did not have enough of the multi colored fabric so I only used the red and green with a tiny strip of black on each end. This once again gives you a two for one runner.
With 23 days until Christmas you still have time to create a table runner for someone on your list, or for your own home.