Fun For Christmas!

On this very windy snowy day

I thought a bit of fun was in order. This Christmas runner can be made in a very short amount of time – to give away to a friend or to put on your Christmas table.

The red and neutral squares are cut 4-7/8″ , cut in half diagonally for triangle squares that finish at 4″.

Triangle squares are put together flying geese style and then sewn together in a runner.

This runner has 8 rows and all the reds and all the lights are assorted fabrics.

Here’s one that’s all matched up.

The runner will measure 8″ wide by however long you choose.

Lay the finished runner right sides together with backing and sew around the entire thing leaving an opening to turn.

Turn right sides out, close opening by hand and press. Voila! A sweet easy table runner for Christmas giving.

Of course you could layer it with batting and backing and then quilt it and bind it but now you’re running into lots of time. Try this method on one runner and see how you like it. We have made these runners in all colors for different times of the year.

Connie came to the farm early to avoid the limited visibility – at times I can hardly see the barn or the highway even though we probably didn’t get even an inch of snow! Next comes bitter cold!

On a different subject – did anyone watch the finale of Madam Secretary last night? I’ve enjoyed this Sunday night show and am sorry it has ended but I loved how they ended it with past characters making an appearance. Such a happy ending!

Now to my chair to put my leg up because I’ve really been on a roll this morning. It’s hard to quit but my legs do get tired quickly and I will feel more like working after I’ve elevated both legs for awhile! Onward!

36 thoughts on “Fun For Christmas!

  1. MartyCae

    Madam Secretary is a wonderful show! I love the wedding and agree that the guests were the icing on the cake!

  2. Joyce from NY

    Didn’t watch Madam Secretary, football made it come on so late that I went to bed. The table runner is great, i’m going to have to try one. Thank You!

  3. Carmen Montmarquet

    Mary, you are an absolute genius!!! I love this and i have many red/neutral flying geese already sewn up for a project i did not use them for, so this is going to be perfect, just perfect!! Thank You so much for sharing this brilliant and fast idea!!!
    Carmen

  4. Kathy Hanson

    What a neat, fast holiday table runner! Thanks for the pattern. We got a bit more snow here with some icy parts to it as well but it is pretty. Glad you are getting your leg up and resting some, I know how hard it is for you to decide to sit down for awhile when you are ‘on a roll’ but very smart! Stay warm and cozy!

  5. Donna Sproston

    This was one of the first Country Thread kits I ever made. It has been a bit every time I gifted one to a friend. Your cold is headed out way! Good quilting weather!

  6. Kathy in western NY

    Great idea Mary for using more of the red & cream scraps I am using for my snowball quilt. Thanks for sharing and I will break out of my comfort zone just like I did creating your Bulleyes quilt and not add batting to this. I am working on binding for one of my UFO’s and doing a charity quilt in between. Hope all our comments give you something to read while you sit down and rest.

  7. Launa

    Mary,
    Thanks for the great, fast idea for a hostess gift or an any time gift! I liked your SPLIT SQUARES easy pattern as well and have it planned for a 5” charms pack of new MEMOIRS line. Will be good for spring with the new 2020 color of the year, yellow, in the charms.
    Rest your leg, try to nap when you can.
    It’s sunny here so far today…melting snow off trees!

  8. Carla J

    We don’t have snow, yet, but pea soup fog so bad lights are needed to be seen. Drove 4 miles to run an errand and couldn’t see the traffic lights unless you are almost to them.
    Rain overnight, temps cooling, snow by midnight and supposed to keep getting colder for the next two days. Almost winter in west Michigan

    1. Marilyn

      Love the easy tablerunner. I’ll get to it soon . I love Madam Secretary. Fell asleep. My daughter is in labor and I’ve got two granddaughters and three dogs here. It’s been a crazy day and night just waiting to hear when Harrison makes his appearance!

  9. Sharon Lowy

    It looks that way here in Illinois without the snow….such a gray day. I am so glad you are doing so much better.❤️

  10. Lynn Handberg

    Thanks for the easy-peasy cute runner, Mary! I think I will have to give it a go. I had to go to Mankato from Maple Grove this a.m.for a deposition where the witness was confused and went to the wrong courthouse in the wrong city – so I spent 2 hours driving down there in no-so-much-fun snowy roads, then came back much easier and was home by 3:15. No testimony taken by the attys, but had a nice chat with the interpreter while waiting for the witness to not show up. That is the life in a nutshell of a court reporter in Minnesota – but I have loved the flexibility of my job over the last 38 years.
    But I really love making quilts. I am also an organist/pianist at my church and have been playing liturgy for almost my entire life – started at age 13. I know you also play for your church. I enjoy the Christmas season very much with all the old favorite hymns.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Lynn Handberg – when I tell people I’ve been playing for church for over 60 years, they don’t believe me. Our roads were impassable this morning – zero visibility. Lots of time on the road for somebody not to show up – yikes!

  11. Sue in Oregon

    That’s a cute one, Mary. I have some of those same prints. I still love the small ones.

  12. Nikki M in Tx

    Your fault Mary, another project….Love it…have some blocks already made ( planned overs…just didn’t known what for), so plan to make one tonight for hostess gift. Have a luncheon attending Thursday. Thank for sharing so much with us. Just watched weather forecast and possible snow predicted!!!!!! Will believe it when I see it!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Nikki M – this is an easy, fast project and you won’t even know you changed gears! Hope you get it done for the hostess gift!

  13. mary jane

    Yes, winter has arrived today. We, here in Hudson WI, got some snow early this morn and lasted until about noon. Was hard to figure out if the snow was still coming down OR just being blown around. The temps and wind are making it very cold and glad to be home and warm..But it is Winter time in the Mid west and that is why I live here…..
    Thanks for the runner pattern and info, I am still working on #12…that and all that goes along with the Christmas holiday and the things we love and look forward to, I might get to it, I love easy stuff ! One could make some hot pads with this pattern also to go with the runner.
    Good to hear things are going better in your recovery from surgery, also good is that it is winter and one has to stay indoors, feet up, cat in lap, TV for viewing…sounds good….enjoy and keep safe everyone..

  14. Diane and Squeak in a Central Ohio

    Thanks for the reminder, Mary. I think I can finish one for a hostess gift for a party on Tuesday. I bought that kit from you at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OHio a few years ago. You were doing punch needle. Nice memory😃. You and Connie have a place to stay if you ever want to come back to it. We have room and are only about 45 minutes away.
    We DVR’d Madame Secretary and will watch it tonight. I am happy you gave a teaser and not the whole show—thank you. 😺. It was 54 here today, but will be 25 tomorrow! Brrr.

  15. Jo in Wyoming

    We had 12” of snow one day, then the horrible wind the next day. It has caused the snow to really pack. But yesterday was 50 and today about 40…no wind👏👏👏.
    I finished my Christmas shopping, next getting ready for mailing. All the cold and snow really puts me in the spirit for Christmas. Getting recipes out, dishes down and a ribbon for all the ducks. Tree, lights and music.
    So, let’s all hum some carols.

  16. Shirleyann Van Dyken

    Nope, we watch God Friended Me on Sunday night. Best show ever. I hope the TV people keep it on for a looong time.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Anonymous- I had knee replacement surgery and will soon have the other one done, too.

  17. Cathy

    Love the Tablerunner. I can see how versatile it could be. You can send some of the snow to southern Indiana. I swear I am living in the rain capital of Indiana!

  18. Teresa

    Thank you for the table runner project, Mary. I’m glad you’re getting back to life as usual and I’m sure you’re looking forward to getting the other knee done as well.

  19. Jan VanDeWalle

    Thank you for the table runner project, Even I can pull that one off without a pattern 😉 Very foggy here this morning but got sunshine this afternoon, I even got out side for a while. Fog is back now and they say we will get rain tomorrow.
    Glad to hear that you are healing and getting around well now,
    Made fruitcakes right after Thanks giving they are mellowing now and need to get them wrapped for giving. My in laws all like them and my husband and neighbors so my gift of love to them. I am not a big fan myself. Have an easy recipe made with applesauce. Merry Christmas to all.
    Jan in Oregon

  20. patti leal

    thank you for the easy runner pattern. will be quick to make. i so enjoy your sharing. love the stories of the animals. i have one cat now. he’s around 5, have had him for three years. he might have been 2 when i got him (not the 3 they told me). i loved watching ‘madame secretary.’ glad to ‘see’ you are doing so well. hugs, patti in florida

  21. Sunflower from Michigan

    Thanks for the pattern, may try that. Rainy day here in southeast Michigan but upper 40s so not so bad. My husband and I are taking our adult kids and my daughters fiancée to the Florida Keys on Wednesday. Looking forward to the sunshine and being together. Our first vacation since we both retired.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sunflower- NO! The Florida Keys? In cold December? Oh,how fun! Are you all staying in a house together? Make sure you send us a picture to post here on the blog!

  22. Carolyn Boutilier

    Cold and snow coming our way Tuesday evening . Shopped today for ingredients to make a Festive Cherry pound Cake for a Christmas brunch with friends on Friday. I found red cherries but not green cherries., so will settle for just red cherries and pecans. I picked up everything I need to start my cookie baking this weekend. I love that table runner and will make it and like the idea to make it in different colors for the seasons. Thank you for sharing this design. Are you still going to PT? I went for 2 months and did some at home for a long time.
    Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Virginia

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn Boutilier – I went to PT for 6 weeks and then asked to be done! I have the list of exercises to do at home but if I’m honest I haven’t done them yet. I was very motivated to be mobile again and they agreed to dismiss me.

  23. Paula In Texas

    Stay safe in the COLD! I have Garner on my weather watch, so I check your temps every morning. I think of you and your sweet animals on these chilly days.

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