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AQ Magazine Patterns

Stars in the Garden Table Topper by Pam Bono

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     This floral table topper makes a lovely companion piece for the place mats in the Projects 2006 issue of American Quilter. Fusible appliqué and template-free piecing tricks make this project quick and easy, while hand embroidery adds a special touch.
    For more detailed instructions on the steps used for making quilts, see “Quiltmaking Essentials” on this Web site.

MAKING THE Y AND Z BLOCKS
    To make a unit 1, with right sides together, place a yellow B on a gold A as shown (fig. 1). Mark a line across the yellow B from corner to corner and sew on the line. Trim as shown, open the unit and press the seam allowances open. Trim 1/4" from the top and bottom edges to make a unit that measures 2-1/2" x 2-1/2". Repeat to make 4 of these units. Now make 4 of unit 2 (fig. 2), which are mirror images of unit 1.




    Join units, gold C patches and terra cotta C patches to make 2 Y blocks (fig. 3). In the same way, join units, gold C patches and burgundy C patches to make 2 Z blocks (fig. 4).





MAKING UNITS 3–5
    To make a unit 3, place a burgundy G on a yellow G, right sides together with corners touching (fig. 5). Mark a line from corner to corner and sew on the line. Trim as shown, open the unit and press the seam allowances open. Trim 1/4" from the top and bottom edges to make a unit that measures 2-1/8" x 3-3/4". Repeat to make 4 of these units. Make 4 of unit 4 (fig. 6), which are mirror images of the previous units.





    To make a unit 5, with right sides together, place G patches on F as shown (fig. 7). Mark a line across each G from corner to corner, and sew on the line. Trim as shown, open the unit and press the seam allowances open. Trim 1/4≤ from both ends, to make a unit that measures 2-1/8” x 11-3/4”. Make 4 of these units.



ASSEMBLING THE TABLE TOPPER
    Referring to the assembly diagram, sew the Y and Z blocks together. Add the D patches to the top and bottom of the blocks and then add the E patches. Paying close attention to orientation of the units, join units 3, 4, and 5 to make horizontal rows, and sew them to the top and bottom of the table topper. Press these seam allowances away from the units. Join the remaining units and H patches to make 2 vertical rows. Add them to the sides.



ADDING THE APPLIQUE AND EMBROIDERY
    You may position the fusible appliqué by eye or, if you prefer, make a guide and trace the design onto each quadrant of the table topper. To make an appliqué placement guide, trace the appliqué design onto tracing paper. Flip the tracing, position the pieced table topper over the placement guide and lightly trace the design onto the fabric.
    To prepare the fusible appliqué patches, trace the pieces onto the paper side of the fusible web. (I prefer Steam-A-Seam Lite®.) Roughly cut out the pieces, about 1/4" outside the drawn lines. Press to the wrong sides of the fabrics, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out the appliqué patches precisely on the drawn lines.
    Following alphabetical order, position 1 flower, 1 bud, and 5 leaves on each quadrant of the table topper, as shown in the photographed quilt. Fuse in place.

Tip: Notice that the I patch is the entire flower. Place the J petals on I, and then add the K center. Likewise, the O and Or patches are the entire leaf shape. Add the dark green P and Pr patches to complete the leaves. If you wish, use an appliqué pressing sheet to press pieces together before fusing motifs onto the table topper.

    After all the pieces are fused in place, blanket stitch around the appliquéd patches. Using 4 strands of dark green embroidery floss, chain stitch the stems.

QUILTING AND FINISHING
    Layer the backing, batting and the table topper top, and baste the layers together. Quilt as desired.
Join the binding strips and finish the edges with double-fold binding.

 

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