If you are thinking about making a quilt project, this might be the perfect one! This makes me think of snow falling outside which I know we’ll be getting soon.
Once again, this is not only fast and easy…..it is the perfect quilt project for using up scraps.
Blues Table Topper
22 inches x 22 inches
I made this to be a table topper but it could also be used as a wall hanging.
This was a group of batiks that I received from Island Batik when I was an ambassador. I had a collection of blue holiday batiks that were 2-inch strips of fabric. I added a cream batik for the neutral color and made some box quilt blocks.
- Cream batik – ½ yard (for quilt and border)
- 8 assorted dark blue batiks (at least 2-inch x 17-inch of each)
- 8 assorted light blue batiks (at least 2-inch x 17-inch of each)
- Backing and binding- 1 yard
- Batting – 1 yard
Note: You could also make all (4) of the large blocks with the same fabrics and only use (2) dark fabrics and (2) light fabrics – you could use fat quarters for the yardage.
Pick two different colors or prints for each block (light and dark work the best) plus your neutral fabric.
Each small box quilt block is a 5-inch unfinished block. The following cutting directions make (1) small block.
- Neutral batik – cut (3) 2-inch squares
- Dark batik – cut (1) 2-inch square and (1) 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangle
- Light batik – cut (1) 3½-inch rectangle and (1) 2-inch x 5-inch rectangle
Sewing the Box Block
Sew the pieces together using a ¼” seam allowance.
- Sew the cream 2-inch square to dark batik 2-inch square, press your seams to the dark fabric
- Sew the dark batik 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangle to the squares
- Sew the light batik 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangle to the other side of the squares
- Sew the light batik 2-inch x 5-inch rectangle to the side with the 2 squares and light batik
- Your block will measure 5-inch x 5-inch
Stitch and Flip Method
Use the stitch and flip method for adding the corners to the quilt blocks.
- Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the cream square using a Frixon pen (I like using this type of pen because the line disappears when you iron it. You could also use a pencil.)
- Place the cream square in the corner of your rectangle block with right sides together and stitch a scant seam along the line (stitch one thread length away from the line toward the corner, this makes a more accurate seam)
- Fold and press
- Trim ¼-inch away from stitching
Each block makes a 5-inches square for a 4½-inch finished block.
4 Patch Box Quilt Block
Each of the larger quilt blocks is made up of (4) of the small box quilt blocks.
Making the 4 patch box quilt blocks – I used the same prints for two blocks and then repeated this step again with different fabrics for the other two blocks.
Sew the blocks together.
Sashing and border
Use the cream fabric to add sashing between the quilt blocks. It is always a good idea to measure your blocks before cutting the sashing and borders. If your measurements are different, adjust the length you cut your pieces.
- Sashing – cut (2) 1½-inch x 9½-inch pieces and (1) 1½-inch x 19½-inch piece
- Sew a 1½-inch x 9½-inch sashing piece to the side of one of the blocks
- Add another block to the other side of the sashing to make a row
- Repeat this for the other (2) blocks
- Sew the 1½-inch x 19½-inch sashing between the rows
- Cut the border pieces (2) 2-inch x 19½-inch and (2) 2-inch x 22-inch
- Add the 2-inch x 19½-inch border pieces to the sides of your table topper
- Add the 2-inch x 22-inch border pieces to the top and bottom
Add your backing and batting
Quilt as desired, I did my usual simple free motion stipple pattern. Add binding using my easy machine binding tutorial.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing.
Purchase an ad-free printable PDF version of the Blue table topper tutorial in my shop. The photos have been reduced in size and the tutorial is 5 pages long.
I have several other tutorials for the box quilt block:
I shared a photo of sweet Mr. Mickey in my newsletter and thought I should add it here as so many of you have commented on him.
The other day we took Mickey with us for a ride in the country to look at the fall leaves. He still shakes like crazy when we get in the car so the first thing we did was drive to the nearby park where I take him for walks. It is a stressful 3-minute drive for him. Now when we get back in the car he is fine. This time we drove around for a couple of hours (stopping every 15 minutes to keep him calm) and he did great as long as he could sit on my lap. It is a good thing he only weighs 20 pounds!
This is where he sleeps at night. He starts out in bed with me and then after about 5 minutes he is down on the floor. He won’t sleep in a dog bed but loves these full-size pillows. Sometimes he’ll take a nap during the day so….they stay on the floor all the time.
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