Topsy-Turvy Table Topper
Use straight lines to create the gentle curves in this clever table topper.
Skill Level: Intermediate Topper Size: 261/2" x 261/2"
• 1 fat quarter muslin
• 1 fat quarter black metallic print
• 1 fat quarter black-and-white print
• 1⁄3 yard black solid
• 1/2 yard red dot
• Batting 32" x 32"
• Backing 32" x 32"
• All-purpose thread to match fabrics
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
1. Prepare templates using patterns given; cut as directed on each piece.
2. Prepare 13 copies each of the A and B paper-piecing patterns using full-size patterns given.
3. Cut two 11/2" x 19" H strips and two 11/2" x 21" I strips black-andwhite print.
4. Cut four 31/2" x 21" J strips red dot.
5. Cut four 31/2" x 31/2" K squares black metallic print.
6. Cut three 21/4" by fabric width strips black solid for binding.
Completing the Topper
1. Cut up two of each paper-piecing pattern to use as templates. Note: Because piece 4 cuts across pieces 1, 2 and 3, it is not possible to cut all four pieces from just one paper-piecing pattern. Cut fabric pieces in colors as directed for A and B units at least 1/4"– 1/2" larger than each numbered space.
2. To complete A sections, lay fabric patch 1 over the space numbered 1 on the unmarked side of the paper pattern. Note: Hold the pinned section up to the light and view from the marked side to be sure the fabric patch extends beyond the lines for piece 1.
3. Set machine stitch length to 25 stitches per inch or 1.5. Pin fabric patch 2 right sides together with piece 1; stitch on the marked side of the paper along the line separating pieces 1 and 2 as shown in Figure 1.
4. Trim seam allowance to 1⁄8"–1/4"; press piece 2 to the right side as shown in Figure 2.
5. Add remaining pieces in numerical order, pressing each piece to the right side before adding the next piece and extending stitching lines into the seam allowance for all edge pieces of the unit. When all pieces are added, trim outer edges of the stitched unit along marked outer line; set aside.
6. Continue paper piecing units until you have completed 12 each A and B units as shown in Figure 3.
7. Join three each A and B units to make an A-B section as shown in Figure 4; press seams open. Repeat to make four A-B sections.
8. Sew E to G as shown in Figure 5; press seams toward E. Repeat to make four E-G units.
9. Sew E to F to G to F to E and add D, pressing seams toward G and D to make a side unit as shown in Figure 6; repeat to make four side units.
10. Join an A-B section, two side units and one E-G unit to complete a corner unit as shown in Figure 7; press seams toward E-G and side units. Repeat to make two corner units.
11. Sew an E-G unit to an A-B section as shown in Figure 8; press seams toward E-G unit. Repeat to make two A-B-E-G units.
12. Join the two A-B-E-G units with C to complete the center unit, again referring to Figure 8; press seams toward C.
13. Sew a corner unit to opposite sides of the center unit to complete the pieced center as shown in Figure 9; press seams toward the center unit.
14. Sew H strips to opposite sides and I strips to top and bottom of the pieced center; press seams toward H and I strips.
15. Sew J strips to opposite sides of the pieced center; press seams toward J strips.
16. Sew a K square to each end of each remaining J strip; press seams toward J strips. Sew the J-K strips to top and bottom of the pieced center to complete the pieced top. Press seams toward the J-K strips.
17. Remove all paper patterns.
18. Sandwich batting between the prepared backing and pieced top; pin or baste layers together to hold.
19. Quilt as desired by hand or machine. When quilting is complete, trim excess batting and backing even with edges of the quilted top.
20. Join binding strips on short ends with diagonal seams to make one long strip; trim seams to 1/4" and press seams open.
21. Fold binding strip in half wrong sides together along length; press.
22. Sew binding to the right side of the quilted top, mitering corners and overlapping ends; press binding away from edges and turn to the back side. Hand- or machine-stitch in place to finish.