China Blue Topper
The unique hexagon shape and blue floral fabrics join in adding a lovely traditional touch to your table.
Skill Level: Beginner Topper Size: 36" x 36" Block Size: 9"x9" Number of Blocks: 4
• 1 fat quarter each light and medium blue prints
• 1 fat quarter white/blue dot
• 1/2 yard white/blue floral
• 2⁄3 yard small dark blue floral print
• 2⁄3 yard large dark blue floral
• Batting 44" x 44"
• Backing 44" x 44"
• All-purpose thread to match fabrics
• Quilting thread
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
1. Cut one 41/4" x 21" strip white/ blue dot; subcut strip into four 41/4" B squares.
2. Cut one 23⁄8" x 21" strip white/ blue dot; subcut strip into eight 23⁄8" G squares.
3. Cut four 2" x 21" strips white/blue dot; subcut strips into (32) 2" F squares.
4. Cut one 37⁄8" by fabric width strip large dark blue floral; subcut strip into eight 37⁄8" D squares.
5. Cut four 4" by fabric width strips large dark blue floral; subcut each strip into one 15" L strip and one 25" M strip.
6. Cut one 23⁄8" by fabric width strip small dark blue floral; subcut strip into eight 23⁄8" H squares.
7. Cut four 11/2" by fabric width strips small dark blue floral; subcut strips into eight 21" K strips.
8. Cut four 21/4" by fabric width strips small dark blue floral for binding.
9. Cut two 31/2" x 21" strips medium blue print; subcut strips into (16) 2" E rectangles.
10. Cut one 41/4" x 21" strip light blue print; subcut strip into four 41/4" C squares.
11. Cut one 14" by fabric width strip white/blue floral; subcut strip into one 14" square, one 91/2" x 91/2" J square and four 31/2" x 31/2" A squares. Cut the 14" x 14" square on both diagonals to make four I triangles.
Completing the Blocks
1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each B square.
2. Place a marked B square right sides together with a C square and sew 1/4" on each side of the marked line as shown in Figure 1.
3. Cut apart on the drawn line and press C to the right side to complete two B-C units as shown in Figure 2.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to complete eight B-C units.
5. Draw a diagonal line across the seam on the wrong side of each B-C unit as shown in Figure 3.
6. Place each of these squares right sides together with a D square and sew 1/4" on each side of the marked lines as shown in Figure 4.
7. Cut apart on the marked lines, and press D to the right side to make eight B-C-D units and eight reversed B-C-D units as shown in Figure 5.
8. Repeat step 1 with G squares and steps 2 and 3 with the marked G squares and H to complete 16 G-H units as shown in Figure 6.
9. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each F square.
10. Place F right sides together on one end of E and stitch on the marked line as shown in Figure 7.
11. Trim seam to 1/4" and press F to the right side to complete an E-F unit, again referring to Figure 7.
12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 to make 16 E-F units.
13. To complete one China Blue 1 block, select one A square and four each B-C-D units, F squares, G-H units and E-F units.
14. Sew F to the H side of a G-H unit as shown in Figure 8; press seam toward F. Add an E-F unit to complete one corner unit as shown in Figure 9; press seam toward the E-F unit. Repeat to make four corner units.
15. Sew a B-C-D unit between two corner units to make a row as shown in Figure 10; repeat to make two rows. Press seams toward the B-C-D units.
16. Sew an A square between two B-C-D units to make the center row as shown in Figure 11; press seams toward A.
17. Sew the center row between the two previously pieced rows to complete the China Blue 1 block; press seams toward the center row.
18. Repeat steps 13–17 to complete a second China Blue 1 block.
19. Repeat steps 13–17 with the reversed B-C-D units referring to Figure 12 to complete two China Blue 2 blocks.
Completing the Top
1. Sew a J square between the two China Blue 2 blocks to make the center row as shown in Figure 13; press seams toward J.
2. Sew an I triangle to opposite sides of each China Blue 1 block to make two I rows as shown in Figure 13; press seams toward I.
3. Sew an I row to opposite sides of the center row to complete the pieced center; press seams toward the center row.
4. Center and sew a K strip to the I sides of the pieced center as shown in Figure 14; press seams toward the K strips.
5. Trim excess K strips at each end even with the blocks using a straightedge as shown in Figure 15.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the block sides of the pieced center.
7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with L strips first, and then M strips, to complete the pieced top; press seams toward L and M strips.
Completing the Table Topper
1. Sandwich the batting between the completed top and prepared backing; pin or baste layers together.
2. Quilt as desired by hand or machine. When quilting is complete, trim batting and backing even with edges of the quilted top.
3. Join binding strips on short ends with diagonal seams to make one long strip; trim seams to 1/4" and press seams open.
4. Fold binding strip in half wrong sides together along length; press.
5. Sew binding to the right side of the topper, matching raw edges, mitering corners and overlapping ends; press binding away from topper edges and turn to the back side. Hand- or machine-stitch in place to finish.