Diamond Stars Christmas Table Runner
Hello Dear Friends and Readers, welcome to todays post. Christmas is rapidly approaching, so I will not take up too much of your time with a preamble. I have always wanted to make a new Christmas runner and somehow this has eventuated with the inspiration of the previous post which was this Diamond Star Quilt Block Made Easy
Just so you know, I did not use specific Christmas fabrics, I just used things I already had, but of course you can use specific Christmas fabrics. It is 5” Charm Squares friendly.
When cutting up the blocks I saved the pieces which are cut from the end of the centre Diamond portion of each block to make the border. Of course one could make a plain border if preferred.
Here is an article about stars and Christmas.
So lets gets started on todays project!
Please read all instructions before commencing
All seams based on 1/4“
Finished runner size 22 3/4” x 67”
Requirements for the Diamond Start Christmas Table Runner
48 of assorted 5” x 5” red squares
48 of assorted 5” x 5” green squares
24 of 1 3/4” x 1 3/4” centre squares in a beige print for the star centres
96 waste ends of the diamonds (saved from the cutting of the blocks
5 of 5” x 5” beige squares cut once on each diagonal to reveal 20 setting triangles for the borders
4 of 3” x 3” beige squares cut once on the diagonal to reveal 8 corner border triangles
5 of 2 1/4” Width of Fabric strips for the binding
Backing fabric approximately 71” x 26”
Batting of choice approximately 71” x 26”
Constructing the Diamond Stars Table Runner
Make the Centre Panel
Using the red and green 5 “ x 5” squares construct the 24 Diamond Star Blocks Diamond Star Quilt Block Made Easy
Trim all the blocks to 8” x 8”
Remember to save the 96 waste ends of the diamonds when cutting the blocks to use for the 12 Broken Dishes Blocks for the end borders.
Assemble the blocks into a 3 x 8 configuration and stich together taking as much care as possible to match and nest the underlying seams.
Here are the blocks all together. Press.
Make the two Broken Dishes End Borders
Using 8 each of the waste ends of the diamonds, assemble them into a Broken Dishes block. For more information on Broken Dishes blocks see this post Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy
Repeat to make 12 Blocks in total. Each Block should measure 3” x 3”.
Using the previously cut beige setting triangles, lay them out in between the border Broken Dishes blocks. Add the four corner triangles to the ends of each border set.
Sew the setting triangles to each side of the Broken Dishes Blocks making sure to line up the right angle edge of the triangle with the corner of the Broken Dishes Blocks. lastly add the Corner triangles. for a more detailed explanation see The borders of this quilt. Country Roses Four Patch Quilt Pattern
Attach a completed Broken Dishes border to each end of the runner.
Lay out the backing, batting and runner on top. prepare for quilting. I just stitched in the ditch around the Diamond Stars. and then around the Broken Dishes blocks.
Sew all the binding strips together. Prepare binding strips for quilts – Tutorial
Attach to the perimeter of the Diamond Stars Table Runner Quick Bind Every Time – Tutorial
This is a lovely wide runner which will easily host a good amount of hot dishes for the centre of the Christmas table. Not bad from scraps.
As a side, it would also make a lovely bed runner if you feel so inclined.
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