Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July - Table Runner Tutorial

Today is my turn on the Christmas in July blog hop hosted by Chrissy at Sew Lux Fabric. I am delighted to be sharing a tutorial for a scrappy patchwork table runner featuring flying geese and stars -- my two favorites!!

tutorial for christmas table runner flying geese stars the sewing chick

I am using this fat quarter bundle of fabric by Basic Grey for Moda called 25th & Pine and Moda Bella solid in bleached white. The binding is Moda Bella in cherry.

Christmas in July - 25th & Pine

Basic sewing skills and a knowledge of quilting are required for this project.
Finished size is 16 1/2" x 52 1/2", but the size can easily be adjusted by adding or taking away stars.


eight fat quarters of red and green print
1/4 yard  for star background - I recommend a solid or low volume fabric
1/2 to 1 yard for back (see section on Finishing)
1/3 yard for binding

1/2 yard quilt batting (18" x 54")

flying geese square up ruler (optional but helpful)

sewing machine, thread and basic sewing supplies

This tutorial uses the no-waste, makes four at a time method for the flying geese


Before cutting, consider how you want to place the prints. I wanted the geese in the sashing to have a red and a green print so cut an equal number of each.  I also wanted the stars to be all red or all green and cut accordingly.

from the red and green prints:
    13 - 5 1/4" squares for sashing geese centers
    68 - 2 7/8" squares for geese corners (ensuring there are 17 sets of four)
    14 - 4 1/2" squares (10 for corners and 4 for star centers)
from solid
    16 - 2 1/2" squares
      4 - 5 1/4" squares for star geese background

    cut four 2 1/2" strips x width of fabric


Each 5 1/4" square plus four 2 7/8" squares will create four flying geese that are all the same.

Place two of the 2 7/8" squares on opposite corners of the 5 1/4" square, right sides together. Draw a line from corner to corner.

Sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the line.

Cut on the line and press seams to the small triangles.

Place another 2 7/8" square on the remaining corner. Draw a diagonal line and sew a scant 1/4" on both sides of the line.

Cut on the line and press seams towards the print.

Trim off the "dog ears" or use a flying geese ruler to square up the unit to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2". There will be very little to trim off, if anything at all. I love my Bloc-loc ruler for this purpose - it has a groove on the underside that grips the seam allowance for no slip trimming.

Photo courtesy of Sew Lux Fabric

Repeat the process until you have 13 sets of flying geese (four per set) for the sashing and four sets for the star points.


Lay out four flying geese units, one 4 1/2" square and four 2 1/2" squares. With a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the pieces into rows, press seams to the squares.

Sew the rows together, seam allowances will nest at the corners. Press seams to the side.


To make the sashing, sew the four flying geese in each set together along the long edge, press seams away from the points.

Lay out the stars and surround them with the sashing units, following the picture (scroll down a bit) for placement.  In each corner, place a 4 1/2" square.

Sew the units together by first sewing a 4 1/2" square to each side of a flying geese row. Sew a flying geese unit to each side of a star block. You may want to re-press some of the flying geese seams in the other direction to ensure nesting seams with the star block. Then sew these rows together, matching the seams where necessary.  Press well.


The half yard of fabric for the back is not quite long enough. To remedy this, cut a 6" x  18" strip from two of the leftover fat quarters and sew to each short end of the backing fabric. Alternatively, cut a one yard piece into two half yard pieces and seam along the short ends. Cut the length to 56".

Layer the back with the top and batting. Quilt as you please - I chose to quilt in an all-over small stipple. The binding requires four strips x width of fabric, I like to use 2 1/2" strips.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! Check out the other stop on the blog hop today at traceyjay quilts, and see the rest of the schedule here. And remember, you can link up your Christmas in July creation on Chrissy's blog here, now through August 4th, for the chance to win prizes!

christmas table runner patchwork stars flying geese

tutorial christmas table runner patchwork stars flying geese

Happy Sewing,

Tessa Marie

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  1. Lovely job Tessa. I love that no waste method and block lock is a wonderful tool.

  2. Gorgeous of course but everything you do is!! I just might need one of these runners!

  3. So cute! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  4. Beautiful runner. Thank you for the great tutorial.

  5. This is such a nice pattern. I already have a friend in mind to make this for her birthday, hopefully I can get to it this weekend.

  6. I have had no enthusiam for Xmas projects till I saw this and yes hope to have it on my table on 25 Dec, many thanks a lovely runner

  7. This is a great project! I love this line and thank you for the tutorial.

  8. I am so in love with your table runner-- it is so pretty!

  9. Beautiful project Tessa and stars and flying geese are a favorite of mine too!


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