I used the leftover fabric from the table topper to make this runner for another friend. It should look nice on her dining room table. It’s constructed on the diagonal – that’s how it’s possible to have the central “diamonds” overlap the triangles on the sides (with the addition of a narrow strip attached to the light strips to create the illusion of overlap).
Took a bit of fiddling to piece the top and I made some mistakes that I took apart and redid – which is why the two mid-side triangles are a different fabric! (They were meant to be the same as the other red/green fabric). In the end, however it all worked out with the fabric I had on hand.
I chose not to bind the runner, instead attached the back using a “pillow case turn” – I just didn’t have enough of any one of the prints to do a complete binding and the point was to complete the runner without having to buy more fabric and, besides, I like the neatness of the finished edge – nothing to distract from the basic elements.
Now back to the table topper – the pieces are all lined up on my sewing table ready to be chain stitched and the top assembled. It’ll take a couple of hours and it will be done, too.
That’s what I felt too so I went looking for ideas.
Here’s what you need:
Five 6.5″ squares
Two 3.5″ for the two ends
Light contrast: Twelve 5.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles
Twelve 3.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles
“Green Fabric” – two 6.5″ squares cut in half along the diagonal – 4 triangles; Four 5.5″ x 1.5″ rectangles; Two 5.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles (for end around small center square) & 3.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles
Remainder of side:
Twelve 3.5″ squares (mine are red)
Three 6.5″ squares cut in half along diagonal for 6 triangles
Six 5.5″ x 1.5″ rectangles to match triangles
Here’s where I found it: http://therecipebunny.blogspot.ca/2012/07/christmas-table-runner-and-tutorial.html
Karen provides a layout image showing how the pieces are connected which provided me with a shortcut – I didn’t have to draw it all out for myself.
And yes, I did use batting – a single layer of Warm & Natural.
Clever design in a lot of ways. Did you use any batting in it? A thin cotton or something? I like this. Son has asked for a table runner, and though I made a pile of HST I intended to use, I don’t feel very inspired by them.