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).
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 says
Don't you just love it when things just seem to flow and go together 🙂
The fabrics really make that table topper cute, Sherri. Fun tutorial.
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.
Can't wait to see what other things you do with your sampler box.
Mary Grace McNamara says
Great instructions! This would also be a good way to use a charm pack and make a bigger quilt. Love the fabrics you used.
Thank you for the table topper tutorial. It is really cute and much appreciated!
Sheri Howard says
So very sweet. Thanks for going to all that work!
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 says
Thanks Sherri – this is so cute with those little squares.
What a great tutorial Sherri, thanks for sharing with us all!!!
Very cute! Can't wait for what you do with the other squares…Great tutorial.
Cute as can be! Thanks for sharing.
Great Pattern! Thanks for all the work that you put into it for us! Looks like alot of fun!
Simone de Klerk says
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 says
PS: I'm looking forward to your other designs (((O:
Anne Heidi says
Oh it is sooo cute! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂 I'll definately be making at least one of these!
This is too cute! Thanks for sharing!
The Quilt Buddy says
I am loving it!
Great tute, Sherri. Thanks for sharing.
Chocolate Cat says
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!!!
The table topper is darling. Thanks for sharing.
Messy Karen says
i like it!
Jane's Fabrics and Quilts says
Oh thank you so much for sharing!!
Very cute and would make a nice doll quuilt too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us all.
Sinta Renee says
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!
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!
Adorable site =)
Super cute! thanks so much for putting together the tutorial
Red Geranium Cottage says
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 says
Thanks for the great tutorial! I've been trying to decide what to do with my sampler box, and this is just great!