Here is another free tutorial for a project designed with EQ Mini Software by The Electric Quilt Company. This Holiday Table Runner uses one of the built in blocks colored with traditional Christmas colors to create a lovely item for your home decor.
EQ Mini is the new scaled down, simpler version of EQ7 quilt design software. This program was created for quilters who are just getting started using software for quilt design. EQ Mini will help you create, edit, share, and print patterns and yardage for your quilt designs.
Holiday Table Runner
Finished size is 12 1/2″ x 36 1/2″.
- 3/8 yd white cotton
- 1/8 yd green cotton
- 5/8 yd red cotton for blocks and binding
- 1/4 yd burgundy cotton
- 1/2 yard for backing
- 1/4 yard batting
- 24 — 2 7/8 ” squares
- 3 — 7 1/2 ” squares
- 15 — 2 7/8 ″ squares
- 3 — 2 1/2″ x Width of Fabric strips
- 1 — 14 1/2 x 38 1/2″ strip
Create the half square triangles
- This method will create 8 half square triangles at once.
- On the wrong side of the white 7 1/2″ square, mark the sewing and cutting lines. Mark from corner to corner and mark half and half as shown.
- Stitch 1/4″ away from the diagonal line, on each side of the diagonal line. You can see the stitching in the X shape in the diagram above.
- Cut the half square triangles apart on the marked lines.
- Press the seams open and then square up the half square triangle blocks to measure 2 7/8″ square.
Sew the block:
Hint: Because you need to match seams, be sure to keep an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance and make sure blocks are square as you sew them to keep things in alignment.
- Using the diagram above as a guide, arrange the pieces for your quilt block.
- Sew the pieces together in rows, then sew the rows together, aligning seams.
- Make three quilt blocks.
- Sew the three blocks together in a row, aligning seams to finish piecing the top of the holiday table runner.
- Make a quilt sandwich with the backing face down, then the batting, then your quilt top face up.
- Pin baste the quilt layers together.
- Quilt as desired.
- Sew the 2 1/2″ binding strips together and add to the quilt.
- Try some custom quilting like I did on this table runner, the smaller size makes it easy to explore free motion quilting.
- Try using holiday prints or even modern colors or even a blue color scheme to really change the look but still use the same block.
This Holiday Table Runner would look great on your table or make several to give as gifts this season. Why not look through the provided blocks in EQ Mini and find a favorite that you can turn into a table runner? There are so many possibilities. I would love to see pictures of your Holiday table runners. Just tag me on instagram @lormillerdesigns.
Looking for the EQ Mini Design Instructions? You can find them here: EQ Mini Friday Fun Holiday Table Runner.
For more projects and tips and techniques on using EQ Mini, visit my Electric Quilt blog series EQ Mini Friday Fun.
For more information on EQ Mini software, go to EQ Mini.
I am pleased to share that my original pattern for My Gingerbread House Pincushion is now available for sale. I have even added bonus instructions to make it into a soft tree ornament or a Gift Card Holder to hang on your Christmas tree. This adorable holiday gift idea might look familiar.
It was featured in Quilting Arts Holiday Magazine in 2014. It holds a special place in my heart because this was the very first original pattern that I had published in a Magazine.
I was inspired to grab my holiday scraps to come up with a gift idea for my small sewing group. Each year, we like to exchange home made gifts for Christmas. We are all quilters and since I am totally addicted to pincushions, the idea took shape to make a Gingerbread House.
I thought the jumbo white rick rack was a stroke of genius to mimic the snowy icing.
It made an adorable pincushion and I use some very easy techniques to piece it all together that make it a jiffy to stitch up in an afternoon. You can make multiples at once very easily. Finished size is 5 ” square.
One of the bonuses I added to the pattern is to create a soft ornament for your tree. You just add a ribbon hanger and only lightly stuff the little Gingerbread House.
The second bonus instructions included is to add a little pocket on the back of the Gingerbread House to make it into a Gift Card Holder. You can tuck in a couple of gift cards, a note from Santa or even a candy cane for fun.
You purchase my Gingerbread house Pincushion and more pattern as a PDF download by going to MY PATTERNS tab and following the link to My Etsy Shop!
Thanks for letting me share! Tag me on Instagram at lorimillerdesigns, I would love to see your version!
I am pleased to share my latest published work, mini mitten coasters! They are super cute, easy to stitch up and you can use some cute coordinating holiday prints or make them super scrappy with some leftover holiday fabric.
They are featured on page 34 of Modern Patchwork Gifts 2016. This is the third year I have been published in the holiday issue and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Even though this was basically a one block design, I still used Electric Quilt 7 to design it. This tool is really versatile and it really helps you to visualize your project before you stitch it up.
I worked on this little pattern back in March. I had a really cute snowman print that I started with. But sometimes the white of the snowman blended with the white of the background and I was worried that they would not photograph well. I headed off to a local quilt shop, Cristina’s in Rochester, Mi to try to find holiday fabric in March.
And I wanted some fabric that looked modern but still holiday. She had these lovely prints tucked in a back corner. They are Winter Wonderland by Free Spirit Fabrics. And when I saw that candy cane print, all I could think of was the perfect ribbing for a mitten. These little guys are totally pieced and stitch up really fast. You could make them in an afternoon.
I decided to do some straight line quilting and make it easy. I think it adds some nice texture. Then I put on that tiny binding. It was not as hard as I thought. My usual method for joining worked just fine.
Isn’t this little mitten just adorable? You can make them with some fat eighths and a fat quarter for the backing and binding or use up your holiday scraps.
These are the perfect hostess, coworker or teacher gifts. Add a mug and some tea or cocoa and you are all set. Happy Stitching!
I have the good fortune to again be published in the Quilting Arts Holiday issue. This time I am sharing my design for a little modern fancy cat pillow. Whether you want to make a nice pouf for your kitty or a fun pillow for a kitty lover, this pattern fits the bill. This fancy cat features cute coral bow ties, this coral color is so fun and I found some fabric with metallic accents. This would be also look pretty stitched up with red bow ties for the holidays too.
This issue is always filled with lot of inspiration and ideas for handmade gifts for the holiday season. I think the striped trees on the cover by Jennifer Heynen are just adorable.
Pillows are a great way to try out your quilting skills too. I used straight stitch walking foot quilting as seen here as well as free motion quilting. This pillow is an envelope style, so you can just cover a pillow form you already have if you want.
Even Cookie Cat approves of this fancy cat pillow. He is always helpful like that when I am trying to take pictures. 🙂
Check out this issue, it should be available now in US stores. Happy Stitching!
Today I am sharing some goodies made from one of my own patterns, the Christmas Holiday Elf Stocking. This little stocking stitches up in about 10 minutes and you can use it for everything from an ornament, a gift card holder, a holder for a message from Santa, or to decorate a package to even loading it with silverware to decorate your table. It takes very little fabric and the whole thing can be stitched on your home sewing machine.
There is just one pattern piece to cut out of two coordinating fabrics.
Here are some of my latest combinations. I did iron the fabric. 🙂
You stitch the top together and then fold it in half and stitch the rest.
One piece forms a lining and the contrasting cuff on the stocking.
You can add a ribbon hanger or even a jingle bell to the toe to make it extra cute.
I made six of these little elf stockings for my Holiday place settings. Doesn’t it look cute holding my silverware? I think I will add a candy cane too.