A Quick Finish Table Runner

Tuesday morning I pulled myself away from quilting S3’s quilt. I was getting a bit stressed and overwhelmed and decided I needed to do something holiday related. Hubby is home all week, so it was a good time to turn on some fun music and put up the Christmas tree.

We decided to do a little sweeping and dusting before bringing out all the decorations, so we were busy little bees for a bit. We listened to Christmas music for as long as we both could stand it and then switched to some 70’s tunes while hanging ornaments on our Christmas tree. All in all, a fun morning.

When we were putting everything away I decided the coffee table needed a festive table runner. I have been hoarding a charm pack of 25th and Pine for a while now, but today was the day to break that baby out and sew something fun!

25th and Pine Table Runner

It was so quick – I had the entire thing finished in about 2-1/2 hours. After laying out the squares in the pattern I wanted, I sewed them together in columns of three, then two columns together, etc. Wham, bam, top is done! I had this snowflake print in my stash from I’m not sure where but it makes the perfect backing.

25th and Pine Table Runner Charm Squares

I used two layers of Warm and Natural batting for a little extra loft for the quilting. The top is quilted with Superior Metallic thread, a variegated silver, red, green, and blue, and the bobbin thread is Superior Omni in Natural White. I made sure to use a bigger needle and slowed down a bit while quilting and the metallic thread worked like a dream. It gives the runner the perfect little bit of sparkle. You can see another project here that shows a better picture of the thread.

Here are some close-up shots of the fabrics in the charm pack:

25th and Pine Table Runner

25th and Pine Table Runner

You can see a bit of the thread in the middle, far left piece of fabric. And look at those sweet deer!

Binding was quick – I sewed it on by machine. I’ve only ever sewed binding by machine one other time. It is by no means a perfect job, but turned out much better than I expected. I can see why putting binding on by machine is an attractive option for some quilters.

Making this runner was a fun distraction and I love how fast it was. I hope you are having some fun finishes this week! 🙂

I’m excited to let you know I am now an affiliate for Connecting Threads and they are currently having an end of year fabric sale with fabrics marked 20-60% off. So, if you are in the mood to scoop up some great deals, I hope you’ll head on over to their website. I have already ordered and can’t wait to show you what I’ll be adding to my stash!

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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13 Responses to A Quick Finish Table Runner

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  2. infopubs says:

    What a super cute runner! The fabric is great and the simple pattern allows it to shine and be festive.

  3. It’s hard to go wrong with 25th and Pine, and now you get to enjoy the whole line in table-runner form every holiday season!

  4. What a sweet finish! Sounds like you and hubby are having a wonderful time together. Have fun 🙂


  5. Jasmine says:

    I love quick finishes. This is super cute.

  6. Lara B. says:

    You’ve inspired me Beth! I too need a break from a big project and would love to make a little something for Christmas! Your runner turned out so sweet. I love 25th and Pine too! And simple patchwork squares always have such sweet charm to them. Love your idea of adding a bit of sparkle with your quilting too.

  7. Bonnie in Va says:

    How fun to start and finish a project so quickly. I’ve been binding with the machine for both sides for a while now. A lot of the quilts I make are for donations. Until just recently one of “my” quilts would have been hand sewn. Except sometimes it takes me forever to hand sew the binding. My last queen size quilt for me I did both sides by machine and thought it looked just fine. It’s not a show quilt and nobody is ever going to be looking that closely at it! And, with all the practice it looks darn good anyway!

  8. Your runner is adorable!!

  9. Very cute I’m working on fast projects right now, too. Pillowcases, bags, trying to get it all done asap!

  10. Kate says:

    Very fun and cute table runner. The variegated thread is perfect.

  11. Tish says:

    Sometimes we just need a quick finish. I know I need one soon 🙂 The metallic thread was the perfect addition to this little holiday table runner.

  12. Diane says:

    Sometimes a quick project is such a spirit lifter. Those little spur of the moment creations that cut in line when you have a nicely ordered, prioritized to do list are really fun. They often become favorites because you did not angst over them. They are like a snow day or playing hooky. Love your table runner and especially like your choice of metallic variegated thread. You are inspiring me to be braver and branch out.

  13. That is a cute and fun table runner, Beth. I love the peak of the metallic thread that we get in the last photograph. 🙂

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