Welcome to the June edition of Christmas Once a Month! I have a quick and easy table topper to share with you that would make a great hostess gift or an added holiday touch to any table!
I have always wanted to do something with the melon (or pumpkin seed) block and this little table topper fit the bill. It has some simple applique and some fun angles to keep it fresh.
I used fabric from the Winter’s Lane Collection by Kate and Birdie Paper Co for Moda. This is one of my favorite holiday lines and I have a fat quarter of each piece in the collection!
Finished Size: 27 1/2″ wide
Here is how you can make this table topper for yourself (or a friend):
- 1 pkg. charm squares OR the following:
- 1 fat 1/8 (9″ x 21″) each of 5 light fabrics for background
- 1 fat 1/8 (9″ x 21″) each of 2 aqua fabrics for seed applique
- Fabric scraps of red fabric for seed applique
- 1/4 yard binding
- 7/8 yard backing
- Side Triangles: From one of the light background fabrics, cut (2) 7 1/4″ squares, then cut in half once diagonally.
- Center Squares: From each of the four remaining background fabrics, cut (4) 5″ squares each.
Table Topper Background: Make 4-patch units from the 5″ background squares. Lay out your squares so that you have one of each fabric in the 4-patch.
Sew them into pairs. Press top and bottom pairs to one side so that they are opposing each other.
Sew the pairs together and press. The resulting 4-patch unit should measure 9 1/2″ square.
Stitch the (4) four-patch units together to create the center of the table topper:
Trim the edges if necessary to make it “square”.
Add corner triangles. Find the center of the triangles by folding them in half and marking with a pin.
Match the center of the triangles to the center of the sides and pin. Stitch in place.
Press towards the triangle.
For this project, I used machine applique with fusible web. You can find my tutorial with very detailed instructions for machine applique here. Let me give you a brief description of the steps I used:
1. Print out the Winter Seed Template pdf file. Make sure to print it out at actual size (no scaling).
2. Before continuing, check the fit of one seed shape on your table topper background. The tip of each seed should reach the corners of each background square. Make adjustments if necessary.
3. Trace seed pattern onto paper side of fusible web.
4. Roughly cut out shapes. I like to cut out the center of each “seed” leaving 1/4″ around the edges.
5. Press fusible shape to wrong side of aqua and red fabric. You need 4 red seeds and 12 aqua seeds.
6. Cut out on drawn lines.
7. Remove paper from applique.
8. Press in place as shown:
9. Stitch raw edges. I used a narrow zig zag stitch and I used a stabilizer underneath to keep the applique flat and stable.
I pieced my backing because I used fat quarters. Here’s how I pieced it: I used one 17 1/2″ center square, (4) 5 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ side rectangles and (4) 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ corner rectangles. It’s an odd shape, but it works for this project.
I used Pellon Thermolam for the batting. It’s a dense polyester and I like the way it lays really flat and it won’t shrink (so it looks the same after washing).
I used lots of straight line quilting and I left an open channel to echo the curves of the seeds.
You can find instructions for binding this table topper at a previous post here. There are a few easy tips for the inside corners that you’ll want to check out.
You can make this table topper for any occasion, depending on the fabric you choose. It looks great in cherry reds and happy aquas:
But I love the “cool” winter version too!
So, are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? Well, just wait until next month! We’re having a Christmas in July Blog Hop! Join me and some of my favorite blogging buddies for some great Christmas projects that will really get you in the holiday spirit!