Basket Weave Table Topper
10.29.2014

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Recently, I was reading a new book about using 2-1/2″ strips called New Ways with Jelly Rolls by Pam & Nicky Lintott. The book has some fun ideas for precut strips!

One pattern that really appealed to me was the Basket Weave quilt. It just so happened that I had a set of six neutral FQs from a recent quilt show and a guest room bedside table that needed a neutral table topper to match the decor. I decided that one block from this quilt might work well for my needs.


First, I enlarged the octagon template 400%, made a template, and cut out my octagon.

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Next, I pieced 2-1/2″ strips from three coordinating fabrics; the fabrics need to be in the same order for each strip set. Four strip sets were needed since I was using FQs. I used the 6-1/2″ line on an old setting triangle ruler to cut the triangles. Any square triangle would do in a pinch with one corner at the top and the seams parallel to the 45 degree line.

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The book’s instructions explain how to sew the triangles onto the octagon, alternating which fabric is at the top point. The first seam is partially sewn; it will be completed when the last triangle is sewn on.

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I soon found that the point of the new triangle lined up with the seam between the previous triangles if it was correctly centered.

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After the final triangle was added, the partially sewn first seam was closed.

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It was time to mark the quilt. I chose a design for the center, enlarged it until it fit the finished size of the octagon, and used half of the design in the triangles. A couple of the points needed to be extended or shortened to make it fit well. I used an old light box and a FriXion pen to trace the design onto the top. The top, batting, and backing were basted with 505 Spray & Fix.

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The machine quilting with my walking foot was so easy! Once the table topper was machine quilted, I trimmed the sides of the octagon-shaped table topper with a square ruler with the 45 degree angle aligned on one of the seams.

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I had planned to bind the table topper with a flange binding sewn completely by machine.

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It did not work well! I knew I would not be pleased with the outcome, so I removed the binding and started again.

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Having very little fabric leftover from the FQs, I chose to bind the table topper with the same fabric as the octagon.

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I love the results! Unfortunately, at a finished size of about 21-1/2″ x 21-1/2″,  it is too big for the bedside table. It will look great on a family room end table where I can enjoy it every day.

You can check out some of other quilts in New Ways with Jelly Rolls by clicking here. Pam & Nicky Lintott have some great ideas!

 


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