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Springtime quilts are a great way to usher in a new season! Make this Spring Table Topper to remind you of blooming flowers and bright blue skies during the first months of spring. Use this quilted table topper to show off a vase of fresh flowers!

Spring Table Topper

Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: Weekend project

Primary Technique: Applique

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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Materials:

  • 1-1/2 yards of fabric for top and bottom
  • Small amounts of fabric for appliques -
    • 2 or 3 oranges
    • 2 or 3 purples
    • 2 or 3 greens
  • embroidery thread
  • Fusible fleece or low loft batting
  • Steam-A-Seam 2
  • 2-1/2 yards bias tape
  • Patterns Page 1 and Patterns Page 2

    Spring Table Topper

Instructions:

  1. Print the patterns and cut them out.  To make the patterns actual size, use newspaper.  For the top/bottom pattern, use a folded piece of newspaper.

    Spring Table Topper
     
  2. Fold the top right corner of the newspaper down to the bottom left corner and crease.

    Spring Table Topper
     
  3. Do this one more time.

    Spring Table Topper
     
  4. Place the fold edge of the printed pattern along the solid fold of the newspaper. Trace the top curve of the pattern and cut along that line.

    Spring Table Topper

    Spring Table Topper
     
  5. Open up and it should look like this:

    Spring Table Topper
     
  6. Fold top/bottom fabric with cut edges meeting so you'll have a double layer big enough for the pattern. Pin the pattern on and cut out.
     
  7. Fold the top piece into quarters and make a mark at the point (where my finger is pointing).

    Spring Table Topper
     
  8. Trace the rest of the patterns onto one side of Steam-A-Seam 2 and iron onto the wrong side of the appropriate color of fabric. You'll need 4 of poppy petal #1, 4 of poppy petal #2, 4 of poppy petal #3, 4 poppy leaves, 4 poppy stems, 1 lupine leaf, and 60 lupine petals. Cut out the pieces and remove the Steam-A-Seam 2 backing.
     
  9. Lay the lupine leaf directly in the center of the top piece. Arrange the poppy stems underneath the lupine leaf. Put poppy petal #1 at the top of the poppy steam.

    Spring Table Topper
     
  10. Lay poppy petal 2 over the edge of petal 1. Lay poppy petal 3 over the edge of petal 2.

    Spring Table Topper

    Spring Table Topper
     
  11. Add poppy leaves.

    Spring Table Topper
     
  12. Between each poppy, lay two lupine petals - one overlapping the other just slightly. Add two more on top of the first two. Continue layering lupine petals until you have 1 left; layer this last one on top pointing up.

    Spring Table Topper
     
  13. Adjust the pieces until you like the arrangement and iron into place.
     
  14. You can finish the applique edges with a machine zigzag stitch or with hand embroidery. To give a bit of a folk art feel, I used three strands of embroidery thread and finished the edges with a blanket stitch. I also used a feather stitch down the center of each poppy leaf and added three french knots to poppy petal #1.

    Spring Table Topper

    Spring Table Topper
     
  15. Using the top/bottom pattern, cut a piece of fusible felt.  Fuse to the top.  Layer the pieces and pin into place, working from the middle out.

    Spring Table Topper
     
  16. Free motion quilt.

    Spring Table Topper
     
  17. Finish the edges with bias tape.

    Spring Table Topper
     
  18. Iron and enjoy!

    Spring Table Topper

 

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Hi, what is the finished size of the topper? And are the pattern pieces enlarged. Differen't newspapers are different sizes as well.

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