Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Charm Pack Table Topper!


Today I'd like to share a quick and easy table topper I made yesterday from a Moda charm pack, 2 yards of 1/2" (or 5/8") ric rac, and 7/8 yard of fabric for backing and binding. I used a Hartfield charm pack and some Moda Simplicity for my backing/binding. Before beginning:
*Choose eight charm squares that will make up your eight four-patch blocks *Choose one charm square and cut into 4-2 1/2" squares for the corners of your border *Choose an additional 8 charm squares that you will cut into 16 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles for the border
*Choose 8 charm squares and trim to 4 1/2" square for the alternating blocks
*Cut 4 - 18" lengths of ric rac...Now you're ready to begin!

My "inspiration" for this project was this fun sheet I found here on the Moda website. (They also have a file like this with ideas for how to use a layer cake).



Pair up the 8 charm squares for the four-patch blocks into four groups of two. Place them right sides together and sew a scant 1/4" seam on two opposite sides. Then you will cut these sewn squares in half.




When you press them open you will have eight pieces that look like this (only 6 are pictured).




Next you will nest each matching pair of sewn fabrics together and again sew on the two opposite sides.





Again you will cut your pieces in half. I love to use two rulers to make sure my cut is even...with the pinked edges of a charm square this helps to ensure an even cut!




When you press these pieces open you will have your eight 4-patch blocks!




Next, sew your 4-patch blocks together with your eight 4 1/2" trimmed squares to create four rows of four blocks...alternating 4-patch blocks with the squares.





I pressed everything towards the squares so that the four-patch blocks would be flat.






At this time you should also sew the 16 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles together on the 2 1/2" edges. Make four strips with four rectangles in each strip.




Now the fun really begins! Attach the ric rac to all four edges of your 16-block center. I lined up my ric rac with the edge of my quilt and basted using a 1/8" seam.



After all four edges have the ric rac attached, you can attach a rectangle strip to the left and right sides of your quilt. I used a pin at each seam intersection.



When you press the sides open your quilt will look like this:




Next you'll want to attach the four 2 1/2" squares to each end of the remaining two rectangle strips.




Sew these to the top and bottom of your quilt...and press the ric rac flat towards the center of your quilt.




Now you are ready to layer with batting and backing...quilt...and bind! I machine stippled my quilt and used 2 1/4" strips for my binding.



Your table topper will measure approximately 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" when you are finished!




Hope you get to sew today!


63 comments:

Stephanie said...

So pretty and I just love the little touch of ric rac!

Rachel and Christian said...

Cute! I love how it came together...I must admit I was skeptical of the color choices but it looks fabulous. And I never knew you could do that with ric-rac. I might have to go get me some of that!
Rachel

rachel griffith said...

love, love, love it!!!
all of it!!!

and hartfield is SUPER pretty.
i'm working with it right now to make a tablerunner tutorial.
{for mother's day}

Dawn said...

It looks great...thanks for sharing!!!

RachelJane said...

Oooh...I like this Sherri! Thanks for the idea. I'm starting to think I need to buy some ric rac.

Anna said...

I was just looking for inspiration to use up one of my charm packs - and this is perfect! Thanks!

- Anna at sy.lugnagatan.net

Quilt Nut said...

LOVE THIS! i may have to do one today lol!!

Molly said...

Oooh, this is so nice. I have been looking for a pattern for my DQS6 and I think I found it! Thanks for sharing this--it's adorable.

Anne said...

It's darling...thanks for the tutorial.

Nedra said...

Fun tutorial. Thanks!

Sew Many Ways... said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love the fabric and the ric rac looks so cute.
~Karen~

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

what an adorable table topper!! Thanks for showing us your 'mad sewing skills'!! I think I may just have to make one!! :)

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

That is so cute! I love it and I have some charm packs that I need to use.

bernie said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! Definitely goes on my to-do list!

Jackie Russell said...

Cute topper. Love the rick-rack!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love it, love how the rick rack peeks out, thanks for the tutorial.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Super cute. I love the rick rack around the border. I made a table topper lately(just a stitch here and there, trust me It should have only taken me one day) for my tea swap partner and I wish I had seen your idea before I made mine. I like the fabrics, too.

lissa said...

That is beautiful! Shows the fabrics wonderfully.

Vicki said...

fI am SO making this one for Lexie's table. I want to do a square one for her. I love the purples in the fabric. Also, thanks for the "quilting for dummies" measurement sheet!

Solstitches said...

How pretty. I'd like to try this.
Thanks for the tutorial.
Margaret

Stina said...

Thanks for the wonderful inspiration... and a tutorial too..
Love it!! :o)

Carol said...

Wonderful! I love it!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Sherri...that table topper is just gorgeous love the rick rack that looks so good.

ivoryspring said...

Simply lovely, Sherri! Your lightning speed in completing projects always impresses me!

Maybe we can be "quilt buddies" in working on the Jane Austen quilt...

Kaaren said...

Excellent tutorial on how to make this darling table topper. Thanks for sharing it with us Sherri. I love the colors as well.

belinda said...

Your runner is lovely....the design
and ric rac are great...I appreciate the tutorial...you did a
good job!

Terriaw said...

I love the block ideas at the bottom of that cheat-sheet! Great way to use the charm packs - your table topper looks great!

Linda said...

Such a lovely topper, and I adore the chest you have it displayed on.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!!!

Mary Ann said...

Wow, great idea for a charm pack!!
Your table-topper is beautiful!!
Thanks for sharing!
Mary Ann

Nana said...

This is precious and the brown ric rack brings it all together. Thanks for the tutorial.

Linda said...

It's beautiful! I love table toppers, and the ric rac just adds so much. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings from Kindlelight Blessings,

Linda

acecraig100 said...

Cute, Cute, Cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great tutorial - I haven't used ric rac before and it looks perfect on this topper.

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Lovely project and the ric rac adds so much the the project. Thanks for sharing with all of blog world.

Pat

jacquie said...

i love the ric rac...i need to get some and use it more often. it's such a special touch.

Glenna at Hollyhock Quilts said...

Hi Sherri--

Thanks for the blog visit and note! I'm cutting feedsacks like crazy!

Darling quilt you made there! As you know, me and rickrack are a true love match!

Please keep in touch---

Cheryl said...

LOVE IT!!!! I was in need of a quick and easy project. Thanks so much...not off to dig through the pile of collected charms!

Annette said...

That is really pretty. I am going to try it. Thanks.

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

Sherri!! YOU WON!!! Woo hoo! Congrats! I can't wait to hear from you!

Sheri Howard said...

Let me know when you make something out of your honeybun of Patisserie, I would love to see it!

belinda said...

Did.You.Get.Some.Sewing.Yet.

Carrie P. said...

It is beautiful. Love the touch of rick rack.

kcenya1950 said...

I just found you. I saw your older post about Village dry Goods in Brigham City. I love that little shop and always stop there when heading to SLC. How lucky you are to have seen their things and attend the retreat. Thanks for the tute, your topper is cute and springy

Eileen said...

I just love how that ric-rac adds something special! Thanks for the tutorial.. the table topper is so lovely.

Sherry said...

Hi Sherri. Thanks for the tutorial. What a cute table topper & I love the touch of ric rac!

Shasta said...

This is beautiful Sherri - and how sweet of you to share instructions. Gorgeous!

Darlene said...

This is absolutely adorable. Love the ric rac! Two years ago I made quite a few toppers with charm squares using a similar technique - so much fun to make!

Quilt Hollow said...

I think this may be the first time I've seen your blog! I've been missing out on some beautiful things! I've marked it to return to. I love, love, love the ric rac on the charm quilt. It really is eye catching! I've got some old looking red....you've given me ideas! Thank you so much!

Peddlecar Quilts said...

Sheri this little quilt is so cool, and I have charm packs that I don't know what to do with!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Sheri Howard said...

Nice tutorial, thanks! I love ric-rac probably because I am from the generation that used it on everything YEARS ago! No, my Patesserie project is not from a pattern....yet...I hate that I can't show the whole thing, but if I show what I am sewing, it is probably a book or pattern. Soon!
Thanks for your support.

Mel said...

I love it!! I don't know why I didn't catch it before now when I've been visiting your blog!

I'd love to put a link to it on my blog, is that ok?

Elly D said...

This little quilt is beautiful! I love it! Thank you for taking the time to make and share a tutorial for it. Elly

Lurline said...

That's it - the printer is going to start in a minute - lovely tutorial, thanks!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Deborah said...

Terrific tutorial! It seems to be easy, but...I'll try. Deborah

DianeH said...

Thanks for the tutorial a very pretty topper - I have just the charm pack to use. Cheers.

Elizabeth *^..^* said...

Thank you, thank you!! New to quilting and got a free charm pack with no idea what to do with it! Well you certainly changed that. Thanks! Brilliant tutorial.

Izzy said...

I found your tutorial a couple of weeks ago and loved it so much that I decided to make two of them with some leftover charm squares I had. If you'd like, I have photos of them posted on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

Shawna said...

So cute!

Shawna said...

So cute!

Shawna said...

So cute!

Ирина said...

absolutely stunning!! nice colours

Starla said...

A friend of mine has gifted me charm squares a number of times, and I never knew what to do with them. Found this today, and am going to use one pack to make this for my daughter for Christmas. Thank you.