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Fun Flower Table Topper Tutorial

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Sometimes the easiest quilt project can be the perfect accent for your table or it can be a fast and easy last-minute gift.

16″ x 16″ Flower Table Topper

I just cut out 8 cute flowers and used Heat n Bond to attach them to a background fabric for the table topper.

This is an appliqued table topper that I made using my AccuQuilt Fun Flower die. If you don’t have this die, don’t worry, I have a downloadable template you can use.

Fun Flower table topper with candle holder

I used the #55334 Fun Flower die which will work in all of the AccuQuilt die cutters.

AccuQuilt GO! Fun Flower die for cutting out the flowers

You will need the following:

  • 1 – 16-inch x 16-inch background fabric
  • 1 – fat quarter of batik for the flowers
  • Iron on fusible webbing – I used Heat n Bond Lite
  • 1 – 16-inch x 16-inch piece of batting – I used Warm & Natural
  • 1 – 16-inch x 16-inch backing fabric
  • 2 – 2 1/2 inch strips the width of fabric for binding
  • Thread to match flowers and also for background quilting

Cut your batik fabric into 5-inch strips and add the iron on fusible webbing to the back. Then cut out (8) flowers with the die – if you don’t have the Fun Flower die, just trace the flower template (8) times onto the Heat n Bond before fusing to the fabric. It won’t take long to cut out the flowers with your scissors.

Iron your background fabric in half, then folded it again and then on the diagonal to get the creases shown below.

Remove the paper from the fusible and place your flowers on with the corner flowers having a petal 2 inches from the edge and the other 4 flowers spaced 3 1/2 inches from the edge as shown.

How to crease the background fabric for the flowers

Applique the flowers

Applique around the flowers using your favorite way to applique. I preferred doing a free-motion wiggle applique around my flowers.

I placed my batting behind the top but I didn’t add the backing yet. I then used my vintage 15-91 Singer to free-motion quilt around each flower using a dark brown thread.

Free-motion applique around the flowers

When I was done appliqueing around the flowers I added my backing, switched to a light creme thread and echo quilted around the flowers, and filled in with some stippling.

showing how to free-motion quilt the table topper

Here is a closer view of the quilting on the table topper.

Closer view of the appliqued flowers

I pieced together the (2) 2½-inch strips of binding, folded them in half, and machine stitched it to the front of my table topper after I attached the little label in the corner. I then stitched down the binding on the backside.

Isn’t that a cute fabric on the back! I have no idea how long ago I bought it and only had a fat quarter of it.

Back of the table topper
Fun Flower table topper

Here it is with a battery-operated flameless candle on it. With these, you don’t have to worry about a fire or candle wax dripping all over everything.

AccuQuilt GO! Fun Flower Candle Mat

This is the way I will have it sit on the table. 

AccuQuilt GO! Fun Flower Candle Mat

Keep reading to get the full-size flower template.

PDF of the flower template
Another view of the table topper

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Hi, I’m Connie Kresin Campbell, the quilter, writer, and photographer behind Freemotion By the River. I enjoy inspiring others with my quilt tutorials and patterns.

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8 Comments

  1. Love both pumpkin mats I’m gonna make both one for tea pot and 2for mugs think that will be a nice fall setting yup my pumpkin s are ready to pick now if we can get out of the high 90s I will be able to enjoy picking them have a great day Linda thomas

  2. Another lovely table mat to show off your digital candle. The appliqued flowers are very pretty. I’ll be able to cut them on my Scan N Cut. There’s an interesting stitch on my Janome portable sewing machine for stitching around the petals.
    I haven’t mastered free motionion quilting yet but I’ll work out something for the background.
    Thanks as usual for sharing your designs and ideas.

  3. HI Connie, I love your newsletters and you and Mr. Mickey. Your letters always make me happy and I have used several of your patterns. Thanks so much, Lois Blue

  4. That is really pretty, when you used your featherweight to quilt/applique do you drop the feed dogs or do you have a special attachment. Never thought of quilting on my featherweight.
    Thanks for sharing

  5. Love the applique stitch around the flowers, makes them look so real! And the shadow! And the backing is really perfect! We have also had weird weather in Chicago (no surprise there) – 74 but steamy!

  6. Connie, what a pretty candle mat! Those battery candles are perfect in our modern world, yet look like the real thing. I love the fabrics you chose and your quilting is great!

  7. Looks great on your table Connie! Always love seeing what your creative mind comes up with;) Hey did you go to the AQS Des Moines show? If so how was it?

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