How would you like to create a beautiful Square in a Square Table Topper with this easy tutorial. You could make this bigger or smaller depending on where you are going to display it.
Square in a Square Table Topper Easy Tutorial
15½” x 15½”
Updated post from August 2016
Last week was my neighbor’s birthday and I had made her a table topper and two place mats that I thought would look great in her Florida condo. The more I looked at them I realized the batiks I used were just a little to bold and wild for her. Of course this didn’t come to me until……the morning of her birthday.
Never fear….I seem to thrive on working under pressure. I
threw created this small 15 inch table topper which has just a small touch of bright colors. The background batik has a seashore design with starfish and shells….perfect for Florida.
The batiks were from the Island Batik Tide Pool collection that came out this Spring. I used one layer of Hobbs 80/20 batting and a cream Aurifil thread for the quilting. My free-motion quilting was done on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine.
Since I was working on a very, very short deadline I just made one block and added several borders to it. The quilting really added a lot to it.
This would be a great little quilt project to practice your free motion quilting on.
I used my AccuQuilt GO QUBE Mix & Match 12″ block set for the center using Die 6 – #55725 Square on Point 4 3/4″ and Die 5 #55703 3″ finished half square triangle.
Make the square in a square following the directions in the Qube.
If you don’t have an AccuQuilt, you can follow the directions below to make the block.
- Cream batik – 1/2 yard
- Turquoise batik – 1 fat quarter
- Plum batik – 1 fat quarter
- Turquoise – cut a blue square 4 3/4″ square
- Cream – cut 2 – 3 7/8″ squares – sub-cut diagonally
- Mark the center of each half square triangle and the center of each side of the blue square.
- Match the centers
- Place a cream 3 7/8″ half square triangle on each side of the blue square and sew a seam diagonally then trim 1/4 inch away from seam
- Do this for the other 3 corners.
You should have a 6 ½” square in a square for your center block. If it isn’t exactly that size, just adjust the borders.
Continue sewing using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
- Add two 1.25″ x 6.5″ strips of the plum batik to the sides
- Add two1.25″ x 8″ strips of the plum batik to the top and bottom
- Add two 2″ x 8″ cream strips to the sides
- Add two 2″ x 11″ cream strips to the top and bottom
- Add two 1.5″ x 11″ strips of turquoise to the sides
- Add two 1.5″ x 13″ strips of turquoise to the top and bottom
- Add two 1.5″ x 13″ strips of cream to the sides
- Add two 1.5″ x 15.5″ strips of cream to top and bottom
Layer your backing, batting and top and quilt as desired.
Cut strips of the cream 2.5″ wide for your binding. I like to sew mine on to the front and then machine stitch along the seam using this machine binding tutorial.
If you need a bigger table topper, this could be made any size or make 3 or 4 and create a table runner!
I want you to know that I DID get it done and gave it to her that evening along with some beer that we enjoyed on her deck! Please tell me I’m not the only one that wait till the last minute on a gift!