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Free Table Topper Quilt Pattern

Easy Free Table Topper

This 12" x 38" table topper makes up very quickly out of three different fat quarters. Fix yourself a cup of hot tea and I bet you are done before it cools!

For illustrative purposes, we are using the color names shown in the example. You are free to use whatever color you please, of course:-))

A 1/4" seam allowance is assumed.

Want to share this pattern?  No problem - it's shareware!  See our copyright release at the bottom of this page.

Cutting

Start by cutting an 9-1/2" x 21" strip from each of the three fat quarters. Cut the remainder of the fat quarter into four 2" x 21" strips.

  1. From both the pink and green 9-1/2" x 21" strips, cut a piece 9-1/2" x 12". From the white 9-1/2" x 21" strip, cut a 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" square. Set aside the remainder for use in another project.
  2. From (3) of the 2" x 21" strips of both the pink and the green, cut (6) 9-1/2" long strips, for a total of 12 strips. Avoid using the selvage. Set aside the remainder for use in another project.
  3. From the white 2" x 21" strips, cut (2) that are 12" long. Set aside the remainder for use in another project.

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Sewing and Cutting

Easy Free Table Topper Cutting StepEasy Free Table Runner Cutting StepSew a 2" x 12" white strip to the short side of the 9-1/2" x 12" pink piece, making an 11" x 12" block. It should look like the block to the left. Repeat for the green. Press to the dark. Cut these blocks into (6) strips 2" x 11" long, like the block to the right.


Inventory

You should have:

Now it is time to put them together, but first a note on pressing. It is almost impossible to keep your strips pressed to the dark. Rather, you should try to keep them all pressed away from the center square. Pin carefully as you piece this top together. Nesting the seams will help you keep your intersections sharp.

Sewing

Easy Free Table Runner Quilt Cutting Step Easy Free Table Topper Quilt Piecing StepSew a 9-1/2" long green strip to either side of the 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" white square, like the one on the left. Sew a two part green strip to the other two sides, placing the small square at opposite corners as shown to the right. Note that the strip will not go all the way to the end of the block. It feels really odd, but don’t worry about it, you are doing okay.

Easy Free Table Topper Piecing Step Sew a pink 9-1/2" x 2" strip to the two-part green strips on both sides of the table runner, starting with the end that has the little square. Remember, this strip won't reach all the way to the end of the previous strip. Now add a two-part pink strip, again starting at the end that has the little square. Keep adding strips, alternating colors and making sure to place the square on the correct corner. Do you see how it is going together almost like a log cabin?

More free quilt patterns and blocks are available at Quiltbug.com

After you have sewn all your strips, press carefully. Get all those seams going in one direction on the back so the top lays flat. Now place your ruler n the body of this top and rotary cut it straight. Make sure your 1/4" mark lines up with the point of the center square so you don't cut off your point when you sew on the binding. (the diagram below shows where you should lay the 1/4" mark on your ruler.)


Easy Free Table Topper Final Cutting Step


You are almost done! Just add batting and backing, quilt as desired. Use commercially prepared bias binding to make things easier on yourself, or make 92" of 2-1/2" wide straight-grain binding from the leftover white. Don't worry about the Quilt Police, they don't write tickets on any straight grain binding under 100" long.

Enjoy!

Easy Free Table Topper Last Step

This pattern is a fund-raiser for cystic fibrosis and is copyright free for a donation of any size to the CF foundation.  Feel free to copy and share - but please don't remove our request for a donation.  Click here to donate at http://www.cff.org/GetInvolved/ManyWaysToGive/MakeADonation/

 

 

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