Saturday, November 21, 2009

Table Topper Tutorial

Well, I've been busy this week with pattern testing and bindings...but I did want to share the instructions for this fun table topper with you. I didn't take enough pictures while I was making the Verna topper, so I made another using my Martinique squares. I actually constructed the topper a little bit differently the second time, so I'll provide directions for both methods. The Verna topper was actually constructed by making four blocks and then sewing them together, while the Martinique topper was put together in rows, making one large block. The borders are exactly the same for both quilts, and the finished measurements for both quilts are identical. The four block method is a little bit more time-consuming...and requires a little more precision in lining up points; however, I like the look of the four block topper a little better.

What you need: For both quilts you'll need one pack of 40-2 1/2" squares from a Moda Bake Shop Sampler Box, and 1/2 yard of background fabric. Cut 2-2 1/2" by width of fabric strips of background fabric for borders. For the four block method you'll also need: 8-2 3/4" squares of background fabric cut in half once diagonally for corner pieces, 8-4 7/8" squares of background fabric cut in half twice diagonally for side triangles, and 16- 2 1/2" squares of background fabric for alternating squares.
For the row/single block method you'll also need: 2-2 3/4" squares of background fabric cut in half once diagonally for corner pieces, 5-4 7/8" squares of background fabric cut in half twice diagonally for side triangles, and 25-2 1/2" squares of background fabric for alternating squares.

Cut your side and corner pieces as directed.


For the four-block method you will choose 9 print fabrics for each block and lay out alternating with background squares. Repeat four times so that you have four blocks put together in pleasing color combinations. You will have 4 print fabrics left over...save these for the border corner posts.



Go ahead and lay out the side triangles and corner triangles (corner triangles not pictured here). Don't worry that the triangles seem a little large...you can trim them later.


If you are using the row/single block method...lay out the whole quilt at this time using 36 colored squares and all of the background squares and triangles. You will have four colored squares left over...save these for the border corner posts.


Now the construction is the same...start sewing pieces together in rows using a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Don't sew any of the corner triangles yet (there will be 16 corner triangles to add for the four block quilt and 4 corner triangles for the other one). Press all seams towards the sampler box squares.



Next you'll sew the individual rows together. Each block in the four block quilt will have 5 rows. The single block quilt will have 11 rows to sew together. For the single block quilt I sewed six rows together; I then sewed the other five rows together before sewing the two halves together into one piece. After adding each row, press to one side.
For the four block quilt: after each block has all five rows sewn together, sew the corners onto each block. Each block now needs to be trimmed. Line up the 1/4" line of your ruler with the outer point of each colored square and trim. Repeat for all four sides of all four blocks. You will then sew the top two blocks together and the bottom two blocks together--sorry, no picture for this (press seams open now--this will help the triangles to lay flat). Then sew the four blocks together again pressing seams open.
For the row/single block quilt: After all 11 rows are sewn together, add the four corner blocks. At this time you will use a 24" ruler to trim all four sides. Line the 1/4" line of the ruler up with the point of each colored square and trim as described above. Be sure to leave 1/4" of fabric around all edges so that the points of your colored squares won't disappear when you add your borders.

Now measure your topper through the center (in each direction) to find the measurement to cut your border strips. This measurement should be close to 18". Lay out your border strips and the remaining four colored squares. Sew the left and right border strips to your quilt, pressing towards the borders. Then, sew the squares to the left and right sides of the remaining two border strips. Again, press towards the border fabric. Then, sew the top and bottom border fabric strips to the top and bottom of your quilt. Press towards borders, and you're done!


Now you're ready to layer, quilt, and bind...unless you want to add an additonal outer border (I'm going to wait for yardage to come out in both of these lines so I can add a border and binding from the line).


Your finished topper should measure about 22 by 22. I hope these directions were okay...if you have any questions at all, please feel free to e-mail me! I have a couple of other designs in mind for some of my other Moda Sampler Box squares...I'll share them with you as well! Have a great day!

32 comments:

Darlene said...

Very, very cute. A couple of months ago I wrote a similar pattern for a local quilt store. The owner wanted something her customers could make with a variety of prints - this is perfect for anything fabrics. Awesome tutorial, Sherri.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Don't you just love it when things just seem to flow and go together :-)

Nedra said...

The fabrics really make that table topper cute, Sherri. Fun tutorial.

Carol said...

Cute! Thanks for making a tutorial. I have my sampler box and I can't wait to use your tutorial and make my mini quilt.

Cara said...

Can't wait to see what other things you do with your sampler box.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Great instructions! This would also be a good way to use a charm pack and make a bigger quilt. Love the fabrics you used.

MGM

Amy said...

Thank you for the table topper tutorial. It is really cute and much appreciated!

badlandsquilts said...

Very cute!

Sheri Howard said...

So very sweet. Thanks for going to all that work!

Beverly said...

Love the look of this ... hoping I can find the time to pull one off for Christmas since Thanksgiving is way too close!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks Sherri - this is so cute with those little squares.

Joy said...

What a great tutorial Sherri, thanks for sharing with us all!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Carol said...

Very cute! Can't wait for what you do with the other squares...Great tutorial.

Stephanie said...

Cute as can be! Thanks for sharing.

Libby said...

Great Pattern! Thanks for all the work that you put into it for us! Looks like alot of fun!

Simone de Klerk said...

Thank you so much, Sherri, for this great tutorial. I will try to make the top this week!!! Not sure which sampler I will use, but that is fun, so I will have a closer look at them (O:
Do you mind if I link this tutorial on my blog?
Have a lovely Sunday!

Simone de Klerk said...

PS: I'm looking forward to your other designs (((O:

Anne Heidi said...

Oh it is sooo cute! Thanks for the tutorial :-) I'll definately be making at least one of these!

Amanda said...

This is too cute! Thanks for sharing!

The Quilt Buddy said...

I am loving it!

Kaaren said...

Great tute, Sherri. Thanks for sharing.

Chocolate Cat said...

Oh thank you! I can't wait to try this, I am going to have to start stalking the postie waiting for my sampler box to arrive!!!

Dawn said...

The table topper is darling. Thanks for sharing.

Messy Karen said...

i like it!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh thank you so much for sharing!!

Janet said...

Very cute and would make a nice doll quuilt too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us all.

Sinta Renee said...

How nice of you to make up the tutorial Sherri! It is so sweet in your new fabrics but would also look good in holiday fabrics and make a good little gift also!

Cindy said...

This appears like it might be a fun little project for a tabletopper. Thank you so much for your tutorial that is easy to follow and understand.

Happy Thanksgiving. Eat and enjoy!

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Diane said...

Super cute! thanks so much for putting together the tutorial

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I LOVE that quilt and that fabric. Darn it I do not need to be buying anymore fabric but.......I LOVE IT.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I've been trying to decide what to do with my sampler box, and this is just great!