Trim the Tree Mini Runner Pattern


Don’t look now, but Christmas is only a few weeks away. How are those gift projects going?

I’m always on the lookout for things to make as gifts. The Trim the Tree Mini Runner Pattern by Farmhouse Threads caught my eye for a couple of reasons: I love projects that combine quilting and wool and this seemed like a small enough project I might actually finish it!  All in all, it only took a couple of weekends of time grabbed here and there to complete it.
I used fabrics from a Royal Tea Stack (#7108) along with a scrap of Mirage Antique (#3856) as my ornaments; the brown batik background and wool pieces were from my stash.

Royal Tea Charms

The ornament blocks go together pretty quickly and then the handwork begins. Because of its petite size, this is a great grab-and-go project to work on in spare moments like waiting rooms, car trips, or watching TV.
Though not called for in the pattern, I chose to use Lite Steam-A Seam 2 fusible web to hold my wool pieces in place. The downside of this is that your needle has to go through that sticky layer, but for me the benefit of each piece staying right where I wanted was worth it.


I used matching floss to do a blanket stitch around all the pieces and then got more practice on my stem stitch (see older blog post here) while putting the detail on the little gingerbread boy.

His arms are a little hard to see.

His arms are a little hard to see.

A few French Knots, some backstitching for the ornament strings and snowman arms, and it was ready for some simple quilting.


My plan was to give this away to my BFF, but I’m having second thoughts.  (I guess we’ll see if she reads my blog post!)  I should have made two!



  1. Anita - November 19, 2014

    This turned out so cute Laraine!

  2. Ann - November 19, 2014

    Cute project – Love those small projects with hand work!

  3. Stephanie Dunphy - November 19, 2014

    Adorable. I love gingerbread folks and snow folks best during the holidays.

  4. Shari - November 28, 2014

    I love it! You can’t have it. Haha. It’s perfect! Thank you Laraine. Now I need to find a knitting project to make for you! Love your BFF.