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.
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.
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.
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).