If you have visited me before you may remember that my life turned upside down a few months ago with the death of my husband. I have been working on cleaning out our house in preparation to moving ever since. When I have something that I can sell and don't need, I've been parting with it. So I've left myself without a dining table. Oh well, I've got a fun table topper to share, and you'll just have to imagine it's nicely displayed!
You can download a pdf version of this pattern for future reference.
When I set the topper down on a kitchen island, this is what I got! My cat, Seamus, thinks everything is for him. And when I tried to move him, he turned his back! Good thing he's cute!
This is made with one block, and which is twisted to get the pattern. I started with paper pieced half square triangle units and proceeded from there.
Next, sew together pairs of half square triangle units.
Now sew two pairs together, and pinwheel the center seam to reduce bulk.
Close up of the pinwheeled center of the block.
Next, make pairs of blocks, then sew together into blocks of 4 units.
You also need to make four corner units with 2 blocks and 2 plain squares.
To the above, add two plain rectangles. These extend beyond the blocks for now.
Following this diagram, assemble your blocks. The corner blocks get trimmed after you quilt, and before you apply your binding.
Closeups showing the quilting.
I used designs from a Continuous Line Halloween machine embroidery design pack from Embroidery Online with a variegated thread from Aurifil. I didn't realize the thread included white so it didn't work perfectly, but I like it.
After the quilting you will need to trim off the ears on the corners. Be careful to leave a quarter inch beyond the seam allowance with the neighboring block and at the intersection of the two rectangles.
When trimming around the rest of the topper, I used the center white line (that is at 3-1/4" on my 6-1/2" ruler) and checked that I had 1/4" beyond the points before cutting.
I cut my binding 2" and sewed it at 1/4". This worked out a bit tight and made the corners (all 12 of them!!!) a bit hard to turn. I'm probably going to take it off and replace it with a 2-1/4" cut binding.
Finished size of the table topper is 24" diameter.
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Thanks so much for stopping by. I am doing a block of the week (or so) using the classic 101 Patchwork Patterns book by Ruby Short McKim rewritten into rotary cutting instructions. We are making a medallion style quilt and have completed one round. Take a look here, or click the tab at the top of the page.