Sew a table runner fit for the season using foundation piecing and machine appliqué. Fabrics are from the Winter Village collection by Lynette Anderson for RJR Fabrics.
Christmas Cottage
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Designer: Diane Nagle of Peddlecar Quilts


  • 5" square tan print (tree units A and C)
  • 1 yard ivory grid print (tree units A–D, appliqué foundations, hourglass unit)
  • 9×21" piece (fat eighth) olive green print (tree unit A)
  • 18×21" piece (fat quarter) light green print (tree unit B, hourglass unit)
  • 9×21" piece (fat eighth) green print (tree units B–D, chimney appliqués)
  • 9×21" piece (fat eighth) green star print (tree unit D, window appliqués)
  • 10" square gray print (house appliqué)
  • 1/2 yard red print (house appliqué, inner border, binding)
  • 9×21" piece (fat eighth) light red grid print (roof and heart appliqués)
  • 5" square white stripe (door appliqués)
  • 5/8 yard ivory novelty print (outer border)
  • 1-5/8 yards backing fabric
  • 28 ×65" batting
  • Lightweight tracing paper or other foundation material
  • Freezer paper
  • Fabric glue stick or basting glue
  • Clear monofilament thread

Finished table runner: 19-1/2 ×56-1/2"

Finished blocks: tree, 3×6-1/2"; house, 12" square

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for Patterns E–J.

Designer Diane Nagle used a freezer-paper method to create pieces for machine appliqué. Instructions that follow are for this technique.

1) Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions. Cut out freezer-paper shapes on drawn lines.

2) Using a hot dry iron, press freezer-paper shapes, shiny sides down, onto wrong sides of designated fabrics, leaving at least 1/2" between shapes; let cool.

3) Cut out each appliqué shape, adding a 1/4" seam allowance to all edges. Clip inner curves.

4) On each appliqué shape, run fabric glue stick or basting glue along wrong side of seam allowance. Fold seam allowance onto freezer paper and finger-press; let dry.

From tan print, cut:

  • 2—2" squares for C1 pieces
  • 2—1×2" rectangles for A1 pieces

From ivory grid print, cut:

  • 1—13-1/4" square, cutting it diagonally twice in an X for 4 triangles total (you will use 2)
  • 2—12-1/2" squares for appliqué foundations
  • 2—4" squares for C7 pieces
  • 8—3×5" rectangles for pieces B5, B6, C5, and C6
  • 2—3×4" rectangles for B7 pieces
  • 8—2-1/2 ×4" rectangles for pieces A8, A9, D8, and D9
  • 2—2×4" rectangles for A10 pieces
  • 8—2×3-1/2" rectangles for pieces A5, A6, D5, and D6
  • 8—2×3" rectangles for pieces B2, B3, D2, and D3
  • 2—1-1/2 ×4" rectangles for D10 pieces
  • 8—2" squares for pieces A2, A3, C2, and C3

From olive green print, cut:

  • 4—4" squares for pieces A4 and A7

From light green print, cut:

  • 1—13-1/4" square, cutting it diagonally twice in an X for 4 triangles total (you will use 2)
  • 2—5" squares for B4 pieces

From green print, cut:

  • 2—5" squares for C4 pieces
  • 2—1×3" rectangles for D1 pieces
  • 2—1×2-1/2" rectangles for B1 pieces
  • 4 of Pattern J

From green star print, cut:

  • 4—4" squares for pieces D4 and D7
  • 8 of Pattern H

From gray print, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern E

From red print, cut:

  • 5—2-1/2 ×34" binding strips
  • 1 of Pattern E
  • 4—1×42" strips for inner border

From light red grid print, cut:

  • 2 each of patterns G and I

From light red grid print, cut:

  • 2 of Pattern F

From ivory novelty print, cut:

  • 4—3-1/2 ×42" strips for outer border

Foundation-Piece Tree Blocks

  1. Click on "Download this Project" above for Tree foundation patterns A–D. Using a pencil, trace two of each foundation pattern onto tracing paper or the foundation material of your choice. (Or print the patterns onto lightweight paper.) Cut out each foundation roughly 1/4" outside dashed lines to make foundation papers.

2) Using your favorite method and the indicated pieces, foundation-piece tree units A–D (Diagrams 1–4).

Christmas Cottage d4

3) Trim each tree unit on dashed lines. Each tree unit should be 3-1/2 ×7" including seam allowances.

Appliqué House Blocks

1) Fold an ivory grid print 12-1/2" square in half twice. Lightly press folds to create a foundation square with appliqué placement guidelines; unfold.

2) Referring to Appliqué Placement Diagram, arrange prepared E–J appliqué shapes on a foundation square, working from bottom layer to top. Glue-baste or pin pieces in place.

Christmas Cottage APD

3) Thread your sewing machine with neutral thread in the bobbin and clear monofilament thread in the needle. Set the machine for a tiny zigzag stitch. Working from bottom layer to top, machine-appliqué around edges of each shape to make an appliquéd house block.

4) Trim ivory grid print foundation (and any underlapping appliqués) from behind appliqués, leaving 1/4" seam allowances. Lightly dampen glued edges. Peel away freezer paper and discard. Place appliquéd block right side down on a towel-topped pressing surface; press.

5) Repeat steps 1–4 to make a second appliquéd house block.

Assemble Table Runner Top

1) Referring to Diagram 5, sew together two ivory grid print triangles and two light green print triangles in pairs. Join pairs to make an hourglass unit. The hourglass unit should be 12-1/2" square including seam allowances.

Christmas Cottage d5

2) Referring to Table Runner Assembly Diagram, join one each of tree units A–D in a row. Repeat to make a second tree row. Press seams in one direction.

Christmas Cottage qad

3) Join tree units, appliquéd house blocks, and hourglass unit to make table runner center. Press seams in one direction. The table runner center should be 12-1/2 ×49-1/2" including seam allowances.

4) Cut and piece red print 1×42" strips to make:

  • 2—1×49-1/2" inner border strips
  • 2—1×13-1/2" inner border strips

5) Sew long inner border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add short inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border.

6) Cut and piece ivory novelty print 3-1/2 ×42" strips to make:

  • 2—3-1/2 ×50-1/2" outer border strips
  • 2—3-1/2 ×19-1/2" outer border strips

7) Sew long outer border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add short outer border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward outer border.

Finish Quilt

1) Layer table runner top, batting, and backing; baste.

2) Quilt as desired. Diane machine-outline-quilted 1/4" from many of the shapes in the table runner (Quilting Diagram). She stitched a diagonal grid in the outer border and roof appliqués, and added details such as smoke to the chimney, panes in the windows, and a sidewalk in front of the door.

Christmas Cottage QD

3) Bind with red print binding strips.

Christmas Cottage