Sienna Table Topper Tutorial

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Are you like me and love quick quilt projects? I made this one yesterday after I was looking at a quilted wall hanging I made back in 2018 and never posted on my blog! Where does the time go??

I’ll share that one soon but I wanted to remake the blocks to make sure I “remembered” how to make them. Something else I always like doing is working with my scraps for a project that I have no idea how it will turn out when I start.

I have a bin of brown batik scraps that I used and see if you notice that the binding isn’t used anywhere in the table topper but blends perfectly!

Let’s make it!

Sienna Table Topper tutorial

15½ inch square

Sienna table topper tutorial


  • Brown batik – 1 fat quarter or ¼ yard
  • Brown print batik – 1 fat quarter or ¼ yard
  • Dark brown batik – 1 fat quarter or ¼ yard
  • Cream – 1 fat quarter or ¼ yard
  • ¼ yard batik for binding
  • ½ yard backing fabric
  • batting


  • Brown – cut (4) 5½-inch squares
  • Brown print – cut (8) 3-inch squares
  • Dark Brown – cut (8) 3-inch squares
  • Cream – cut (8) 3-inch squares
  • Cream – cut (8) 1 3/4-inch squares
  • Cream – cut (1) 5½-inch square
sewing the cream squares to the tan blocks
cutting the squares of fabric

Use two of the 3-inch cream squares for each of the brown 5½-inch squares. Fold them diagonally and press. Use this crease as your sewing line and stitch.

Trim off the excess from the corners. These are large enough to use for another project so I stitched another line of stitching before I trimmed the corners.

quilt block with corner cut off

Next, sew one 1 3/4-inch cream square to each of the brown prints. These were small so I just threw away the bit I cut off each corner.

Large and small quilt blocks with corners sewn

Layout the 3-inch squares as shown below and stitch together with a ¼ inch seam allowance. The finished blocks will measure 5½-inches. Make 4.

layout the small blocks and sew together

You are now ready to lay out the blocks for the table topper. If you look carefully, you can see that I used a different fabric for my center cream block. That is because I used up all of the scraps that I used for the corner squares.

Piece 3 rows for the table topper

An Oops!

Here is another way you can layout the blocks. I was originally planning on doing this design but somewhere between the layout table and my sewing machine – the blocks changed directions. Which design do you like better?

A different way to layout the blocks for another design


Once I had the table topper all pieced, I added my batting and backing. Here are a few colors of Connecting Threads thread I could use. I decided to go with the tan color.

Since this is a small quilt project, I just use regular pins to hold everything in place. If it were a quilt I would use my quilting safety pins.

Choosing a color of thread for the quilting

Did you notice the bobbin holder? I found those last year and really love them. You put the ends through your bobbin first and then through the center of your thread.

Bobbin holder

I did a simple stipple free motion quilting on the quilt.


Remember I said my table topper was made with scraps? Well, there wasn’t enough of any of the fabrics for the binding but luckily I had some binding leftover from another quilt. I like to cut my binding 2½-inches wides and sew it on by machine.

All of the batiks are from Island Batik which is nice because the colors usually coordinate very well. I was an Island Batik Ambassador for 5 years and still love their fabrics.

Leftover binding that coordinates with the table topper colors

Here is the finished Sienna table topper. I don’t care what anybody says – small quick and easy quilt projects are fun to make! It has taken me longer to write this post than it did to sew it.

Flat view of the Sienna table topper

See the tree right outside the window? It is a dead ash tree, and we have someone coming to cut it down before winter. It is really neat to watch the woodpeckers and other birds sitting on the branches but it is too close to the house and we don’t want it coming through the roof.

Table topper on table in the sun room

I almost forgot to mention that you can also cut this out with the AccuQuilt 10-inch Mix & Match Qube and the AccuQuilt 10-inch Companion Set Corners.

Sienna table topper with shadow on it

Mr. Mickey says hi to everyone!

He still doesn’t care to pose, and I should have cleaned his face first but at least he is looking at me! The 3 medications he is on seem to be working, his congestive heart failure hasn’t gotten any worse. His routine now consists of me holding him at least 4 times a day which I really enjoy.

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  1. I like both versions, but I have a preference for the first version. Glad you can still have cuddle time with Mickey.

  2. Thanks Connie for another beautiful table topper tutorial.
    I have lots of charm squares in similar colours, so I can now add this project to my must make pile.
    So pleaased that Mr Mickey is doing well. You and he have a special bond that happiness into your home.

  3. Lovely table topper Connie and great tutorial. Thank you. I’m definitely planning on making this. I’m glad Mickey’s medicines are working and you are both enjoying plenty of cuddling time. He is such a sweetie.

  4. Thank you, Connie. Like both versions but think I’ll make the original. Probably a housewarming gift for family who just moved. Bless both you and Mr. Mickey!

  5. I like the ‘oops’ version! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I enjoy receiving your emails and patterns.

  6. Morning Connie,
    My preference is your original idea. Think I would fussy cut the center, bear, squirrel, etc.

    Glad you & Mr. Mickey are having some quality cuddle time. I always enjoyed it with my kitty.

    Thank you for sharing your talent.

    1. Me too Dottie and I thought about adding applique to the center. When I get the other quilt posted you’ll see that I added butterflies to the center blocks. Coming soon!

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