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Using Northcott’s ‘Tis the Season fabrics for a Christmas table runner

by Jean Boyd

Yesterday, I showed you how to finish up your ‘Tis the Season wall quilt with a mitered border using striped fabric.

Here’s another quick project using fabrics from this new Northcott holiday collection. The gold metallic accents on these fabrics give a very festive look to this project. It would make a great gift for someone special!

This table runner is 16¾” x 39¾”. Again, before I made this quilt I did some planning using my EQ7 program so I could make sure my border design would work with the sections of the panel I was going to use.

Table runner using Northcott's 'Tis the Season fabrics

Table runner using Northcott’s ‘Tis the Season fabrics

Start by fussy-cutting a strip of 5 squares from the panel. Be sure to leave the green border plus ¼” seam allowance all around.

From gold paisley, cut 2 – 2″ x WOF (width of fabric) and 3 – 3″ x WOF strips.

From green paisley, cut 2 – 1″ x WOF strips.

Measure through the center of the squares and cut 2 – 2″ gold paisley strips that length for the top and bottom borders. You’ll probably get an odd measurement, but that’s just the nature of panels! Mine measured 30⅞” x 7⅝”. If you pre-wash your fabric, you’ll probably get a different measurement.

Sew on the top and bottom strips. Make sure the panel fabric is on top of the border strip when sewing. Then you can easily stitch along the green design line for precision piecing. Press seams toward gold strips.

First border ready to be sewn on

First border ready to be sewn on

Sew on the green design line

Sew on the green design line

Measure through the center again to get the measurements for the side borders. Cut 2 – 2″ gold paisley strips and sew one to each side.

Using the same method of measuring through the center, cut the 1″ green paisley strips and then the 3″ gold paisley strips for the outer border.

All borders are sewn on

All borders are sewn on

Now you’re ready to quilt and then add the binding. I like to use a ½” finished size binding for my quilts. If you’d like to try this, cut 3 binding strips 3″ wide from the green paisley fabric.

When trimming the quilt after the quilting is finished, make sure to leave ¼” of batting and backing all around the outside edges of the quilt.

Then sew on the binding with a ½” seam. You can see more details about my binding method in this QUILTsocial post.

I hope you’re enjoying using these Northcott ‘Tis the Season Christmas fabrics. Remember, this fabric is now available in your favorite quilt shops!

Be sure to come back tomorrow to learn how to make another table runner using the panel along with some different fabrics from this Northcott collection!

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: ‘Tis the Season wall quilt and its mitered corners

Go to part 4: Northcott’s ‘Tis the Season table runner – layout option 2


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