A quilter’s holiday home isn’t complete without festive Christmas Table Toppers gilding every surface! These five little quilts are delightful to sew and a wonderful way to display quilty creativity in your home. It’s never too early to start sewing for Christmas – so, let’s get stitching!
String Stars Table Runner
Shining green and red stars on a stark white ground create this stunning runner designed by Tessa of The Sewing Chick blog. Strip pieced with a simple technique, these pretty stars are fun to make. They’re just right for scraps or fat quarters! Tessa advises a variety of lights and darks to alternate when piecing your strips. She finished with a background of white, but if you’re using light colored prints, you may want to choose a dark red or green solid fabric. It would be fabulous stitched in midnight blues, too! Tessa’s excellent step by step photos include easy tips for matching triangle points and spray basting for easy quilt sandwich assembly. Click here for the String Stars Table Runner tutorial.
Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher
If you’re going to have crumbs, you might as well stitch up a fabulous crumb catcher, right?! Clever Julie of The Crafty Quilter blog designed a Christmas Table Topper sure to please Santa when he stops by for his cookies. You just might find the best presents ever under the tree this year! Half-square triangles form a pinwheel design accented with square-in-a-square blocks and setting triangles. Julie’s patient instructions and links to supplemental tutorials will walk you easily through her design. Her binding tips for the multi-cornered topper are marvelous, but you may want to consider the addition of quilt clips for all that corner stitching! At 15”, Julie’s crumb catcher would make terrific placemats, too! Click here for the Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher tutorial.
Pomegranate Table Topper
A bit of old world charm and a hint of tradition make this beautiful Pomegranate Christmas Table Topper perfect for your holiday home. Traditionally a winter season symbol of prosperity and good fortune, these “humble” pomegranate appliques were designed by Lara for her book – Crafted Appliques: New Possibilities. In her tutorial for the Buzzin’ Bumble blog, Lara includes two versions of her elegant pomegranate design. One is stitched in separate motifs, and the other is “joined” as a wreath around the 18” topper. You’ll love the great quilting tips like how to use a tear away paper for easy machine quilting. Look for six PDF files of applique motifs and quilting designs linked in the post! As Lara suggests, this design would be just right for a table topper or tree skirt, too. Click here for the Pomegranate Table Topper tutorial.
Mini Trees Table Runner
An elegant, modern design with a hint of Scandinavian style creates the beautiful table runner I found on the Sew Kind of Wonderful web site. Sisters Jenny, Helen and Sherilyn are talented designers with a flair for crafting simple, yet wonderful quilting patterns. Their tutorial includes encouraging tips for curved piecing with excellent diagrammed steps. You’ll start by cutting 5″ squares, so this Christmas Table Topper is perfect for Charm Squares if you’d prefer a scrappy look. Make your tree “branches” equal lengths or follow the sisters’ helpful hints for fashioning a variety of sizes. Click here to visit the Sew Kind of Wonderful free patterns page, then scroll down to the second row for the free PDF.
Christmas Spin Table Runners
Over on the Bernina of America blog, Sharon of Lilabelle Lane Creations shares a unique Christmas Table Topper. It’s three-dimensional, origami style is fabulous! Her post includes directions for a centerpiece table square or a rectangular table runner. Sharon’s confidence inspiring, detailed steps and assembly instructions make this delightful project thoroughly enjoyable! You’ll create pinwheel blocks to surround your chosen center fabric. Try different arrangements until you have a design that pleases and warms your holiday senses. Assemble your top, press, sandwich with batting, finish with binding and celebrate! Click here for the Christmas Spin Table Runner tutorial.
A table topper decked Christmas will make the love shine bright in your home this year! Mistletoe, a cup of cheer, presents under the tree and your handmade décor. That’s what a holly, jolly, quilted Christmas is all about!