Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Christmas Garland Runner

I seem to be on a roll of finishes this month, and here is another. Dayna made several requests last summer and I do believe I've now fulfilled them all, though in the other day's conversation mention was made of her needing a heart quilt... She had requested two table runners, one in pink and another in traditional Christmas colours. You've seen the flimsy in the pattern release post. Well, here it is complete.

Dayna loves it. Mission accomplished!

As with the original runner for Make Modern magazine, I quilted this one with straight lines 1" apart. Unlike the original and her pink runner, this one was done on Avril, my longarm. I used a pale yellow Aurifil thread, which blends well with all of the colours. As with the magazine runner, I did a random snowflakes here and there, less than on the original so they're subtle.

The fabrics are vintage from my stash with one new one added, a leftover chunk from my Shine quilt. The background is a cream with gold stars all over it. It softens the look, I think, as compared to using a white. Unfortunately I had just enough for the background; I used a cherubs very similar fabric for the four borders. I used the gorgeous Canterbury Manor by Hoffman International to bind it. I'd bought it to make a Christmas kaleidoscope years ago, but I've gotten away from making kaleidoscopes, and although I hesitated, "Should I really use this beautiful expensive fabric for a binding?" I went for it, and I'm so glad I did. After all, use the beautiful fabric on Dayna's runner, or fold it up and put it back on the pile of Christmas fabrics in the cupboard?

I used a solid flannel as the batting. I've done this a number of times with runner and table toppers, and it works very well. The flannel was preshrunk, of course.

Here is the back, another vintage yardage from the Vault of Happiness, and the cloth label, which I made as an integral part of the backing.

So I'm 11 months early for Christmas 2024!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Rosebud Garland 
Size: 18,5” x 82.5”
Fabric: scraps and stash
Batting: Flannel
Backing: R.E.D. from Fabricland
Quilted: on Avril 23 846 stitches
Threads: pieced with Gütermann on my 1947 Featherweight; quilted with Aurifil cotton 2123, Bottom Line in the bobbin


  1. Beautifully finished! You picked some gorgeous fabrics for the background and backing.

  2. I love the addition of the snowflakes throughout the quilting. Congratulations on getting all caught up on Dayna's requests... well, I suppose you'll be thinking about a heart quilt now, though!

  3. What a wonderful finish! Dayna is one lucky girl....I do love the extra snowflakes in the quilting too. Dayna seems to be full of requests, which is the sweetest thing ever!

  4. Love the label as part of the backing! It’s a great Christmas tablerunner, without being overly Christmas-y! So modern!

  5. I love it! The label is so sweet too! I'm glad Dayna likes home made gifts. My daughter only asks me to repair clothing! LOL

  6. Hi Sandra! Your photo has inspired me to make a mantle skirt using your pattern. I can just picture it on our mantle, hanging down just enough to look like garland. Oh, yes! You know I'll share pictures and tag you when it is complete. Now to find just the perfect fabrics . . . and we're going to visit quilt shops on Monday so if I need something special . . . Well, you get it. Thanks, my favorite enabler. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Lovely finish. I love the straight line. I completely missed the stars and had to enlarge the photo to see them, as they are so subtle. It is a hard decision to use the pretty fabric but I try to make myself do it. Congrats on another wonderful finish.