Dec 01 11

2011 Christmas Quilt Show

Welcome to the 2011 Christmas Quilt Show, coordinated by Darlene of the Sew Cal Gal blog! If you haven’t already been following this wonderful collection of Christmas and/or winter based-projects, you need to start hopping to all the different blogs that are participating in this show! Not only will you find loads of inspiration for making your own projects, but you can also win all kinds of great prizes. Make sure to head back to the Sew Cal Gal blog here to find out just what you need to do to participate!

I am blogging about a quickie Christmas table runner, shown below:

…and here’s another version of the same tablerunner done in some different batiks:

The intricate shapes in the tablerunner make it look like it would be tough to do, but it actually went pretty fast because I cut all the applique shapes using my Sizzix machine. This used 2 different Sizzix dies, #655222 and #656187, and you can see them below:

The flourishes are so delicate that I was worried about adding much thread work to them to finish the edges, so I stitched just inside their edges using Invisifil thread, which is super lightweight as you can see below:

I finished the edges of the flower petals using the EKG edge finishing design. I like to use a contrasting thread to make things a bit more interesting:

…and I quilted the background using a simple loop-d-loop quilting design. You can find a line drawing of that quilting design and many other quilting designs on my web site here.

What’s nice about this quickie project is that you can easily alter the “theme” of the tablerunner by swapping the fabrics into a different colorway. Here’s the same tablerunner stitched a few months later in “springtime” colors:

If you’d like to see that last tablerunner as it was being fused up, here’s a video that shows it being put together as the pieces were cut on my Sizzix machine and then arranged/fused to the background fabric:


  1. Sue Daurio Says:

    I’m such a huge fan of yours!! The runners are gorgeous!!

  2. sharon Says:

    Very pretty! Love the different ways to showcase the same die-cut.

  3. Christine M Says:

    Your table runners are beautiful.

  4. wilma Says:

    Those are so cute.

  5. Joanna Says:

    Your table runner is beautiful. I watched your video earlier this year and was prompted to get a Sizzix, and I like it very much. I love how the design works for any season.

  6. Kelly Jackson Says:

    I love how you used the different combination of dies to create your tablerunner. It is beautiful.


  7. Lesley Says:

    Your table runners are exquisite and the machine quilting adds a lovely finishing touch. Very pretty!

  8. Iris-Julimond Says:


  9. May Britt Says:

    Beautiful table runners

  10. Karen Says:

    Gorgeous table runners. Your stitching is beautiful. I love the way your have been able to change the appearance of each runner.

  11. Bonnie Says:

    WOW, all with a Sizzix die I will have to search their section more often when at JoAnn’s Thanks for the inspiration… Love all the table runners.

  12. Carrie P. Says:

    Very pretty. Thanks for showing the details close up. Great job.

  13. Sandy N. Says:

    I always love seeing your beautiful work!=)

  14. Nima Says:

    wow…gorgeous runner

  15. Jacque Says:

    So pretty – thank you for showing the different options that you can use. Each table runner looks so different with the different fabrics used.

  16. Mary C in WA Says:

    Nice variations of the Christmas Flowers! Thansk for showing the Sizzix.

  17. Mrs.Pickles Says:

    very nice!

  18. a1angiem Says:

    I think even I could make one of those! I have the flourish die already but not the flower. I should have added the clear thread onto my order…rats! I’ll look for it here in Canada. I haven’t used my big shot since the purple flower quilt. I love the runners… Very pretty idea…thanks for sharing!

  19. Ivory Spring Says:


    The runners are gorgeous! I love the flourishes you added as accents!

  20. Mary Says:

    They are really gorgeous. The certainly do look intricate. Beautiful work.

  21. SewCalGal Says:

    Oh Patsy, I do so love your Christmas table runner. I also appreciate the insights and inspiriation of using Sizzix dies to make beautiful projects. Those swirls are to die for, as is that Poinsettia flower too! Love it!

    Thanks for sharing in the Christmas Quilt Show and helping to make this a fun event.


  22. Marjorie Busby Says:

    Patsy, I love what you do with die cuts. Your work is always exquisite.

  23. Lynette Says:

    Those are so pretty. I love the stitching around the petals- wonderful.

  24. Teresa Says:

    Love the runner, never heard of that little machine before. Isn’t it great

  25. Judi Says:

    What a pretty runner! I especially like the scrolls. They add such a nice touch!

  26. Rachel Says:

    Beautiful work!

  27. Quilty Jen Says:

    Gorgeous, classy, and well done!

  28. Laurel Says:

    wow – this makes me want a die cutter even more. gorgeous.

  29. Rachel Says:

    Awesome quilt(s)! Love the blues. Thanks for sharing!!

  30. Jocelyn Says:

    Very very pretty!

  31. Michele Hester Says:

    More great designs Patsy!

  32. Janet Says:

    Beautiful runners!

  33. Heather Says:

    Beautiful, makes me want to try the raw edge applique!

  34. Barb N Says:

    You say it was simple and easy, and yet it looks very intricate and skillful. I’m going to check out the tutorial soon. Great job!

  35. Sally King Says:

    I just got a Sizzix. Your beautiful use of the die is lovely. Love the table runner.

  36. Michele Says:

    These runners are beautiful! I need to look into getting one of these cutters. Your quilting and stitching are lovely 🙂

  37. Karen O Says:

    Very pretty. Thank you for the info on how you made this and quilted it.

  38. Margaret Says:

    Beautiful table runners. Nice work.

  39. Kay Says:

    Very pretty table runner! Hope you have a Merry Christmas. My Mom is doing great 🙂