Christmas Table Topper




2 crazy eight charm packs {you’ll need 81 charms total.}
2 yards white bella solids
2 yards backing
1/2 yard binding

lay out 9 different charms that you like together.
{don’t forget to throw in some contrast!!!}

sew the 1st row. pressing seams to the right.
sew the 2nd row. pressing seams to the left.
and then sew the 3rd row. pressing seams to the right again.
{this will ensure perfect seams.}

join row 1 & row 2. press.
join rows 1 & 2 with row 3. press again.

congratulations…you have a completed 9-patch block!!!
moving on…

make sure that your block is nice and square.
{it should be if you used a TRUE 1/4″ seam allowance.}

spray your block with a light spray starch {like magic sizing} & press.
then cut your block in half longways. {horizontally}

cut in half tallways. {vertically.}
now you have 4 different sections.
simply turn the sections to create a new pattern, like so…
sew the top 2 sections together. press seam to the right.
sew the bottom 2 sections together. press seam to the left.
{this will ensure perfect seams.}

sew top and bottom together and press.

give yourself a pat on the back!!!
you’ve just made a disappearing 9-patch block the SUPER easy way!!!

now rinse and repeat to make 8 more of these bad boys.
{making a grand total of nine 13 1/2″ blocks.}

from the 2 yards of white bella solids cut:
twelve 13 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strips
& four 52 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strips

take your first block and add a 13 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip to both sides of the block.

add your second block to the right side of the previous strip.
add a 13 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip to the right side of that block as well.

then add your third block to the right side of the previous strip.
add a 13 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip to the right side of that block.

you will rinse and repeat to make 2 more of these rows.
{making a grand total of 3 rows.}

note: if you are confused, here is the pattern you are following for each row:
sashing, block, sashing, block, sashing, block, sashing.

now it’s time to complete the quilt top.
to the top row add one 52 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip.
join rows 1 & 2 with another 52 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip.
then join rows 1 & 2 with row 3 with another 52 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip.
and lastly, to the bottom row add the last 52 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip.
{be prepared to trim your edges down a bit.}

note: if you are confused, here is the pattern you are following for the top:
sashing, pieced row, sashing, pieced row, sashing, pieced row, sashing.

here is what your quilt top should resemble.

layer. baste. quilt. & bind.
{and of course don’t forget to wash & dry it for that straight from the dryer crinkly goodness.}

voila…
you have a SUPER cute christmas table topper!!!
measuring 48″ x 48″ it still makes the cut as a cozy christmas lap quilt too.

and don’t stop at christmas fabrics!!!
you can choose a number of lines to tailor this for a baby shower quilt, a dorm room quilt or even that perfect movie watching quilt.
endless possibilities.
{you can easily change the overall size by making your sashings wider. easy peasy.}

no matter what you make it, you’ll impress all the people on your gift list this christmas with this under the tree!!!
promise.
get them while they’re hot!!!
table topper kits are available at the quilt shoppe!!!


rachel of p.s. i quilt

59 comments on “Christmas Table Topper

  1. Started mine tonight and posted about it on my blog – Thanks for the pattern.

  2. Carmen Rigby says:

    I love that you have a Christmas project posted in July. Gets me motivated for gifts and holiday time!

  3. Barb says:

    I love this. I've just been making my christmas plans for crafting-I'll add this to the pile!

  4. Chaya says:

    Hi Rachel

    I loved the well written clear instructions.

    I would appreciate your permission to translate the article to Hebrew for the Israeli Patchwork forum at: http://www.tapuz.co.il/Forums2008/ForumPage.aspx?ForumId=2025

    Thanks!

  5. folksmith says:

    Too cute, can't wait to give it a try. Great instructions. Thanks

  6. okcmama says:

    great tutorial and such a fabulous tablerunner…just in time for Chritmas giving!! Thanks so much.

  7. Momtomanda says:

    I am just about finished with this quilt. Just adorable. It only took me 2 days. Great pattern.

  8. Zina says:

    I saw an alternative fall version of this runner with your fabric on Peanut Blossom this morning:
    http://www.peanutblossom.com/blog/2009/09/time-to-refresh-my-tables.html

    I love the simplicity of the process! It is fascinating how different it can look with different material. Tooled around a bit, love your blog.

  9. brunella says:

    GRAZIE dall'Italia …
    Brunella

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