Quilt-As-You-Go Table Topper – Blue Room Project #6


Blue Room Project #6 is a quilt-as-you-go table topper. We have almost finished the Blue Room – a remodeled addition to our home to be used as a bedroom for foreign exchange students or a quiet reading space. I wanted to make a table topper to cover a used night stand I  found.

To read about the previous projects, please click on the links below:

Project #1 Piccadilly Circus Mini Quilt
Project #2 Rise and Shine Mini Quilt
Project #3 Graceful Stars Mini Quilt
Project #4 Pinwheel Mini Quilt

I found my inspiration in Jo’s Little Favorites.

There was small quilt called Bordered Toile, featuring a series of borders added to center fabric. The pattern in the book calls for regular piecing and quilting later on.

I measured the top of bedside table and subtracted a 1/4″ all around. I did the math – planning for a center rectangle, six borders with 1/2″ finished size and a 1-1/2″ finished outer border – working backward to figure out the size needed for the center.

I wanted to make it a quicker project with the quilt-as-you-go technique. The rectangle was centered and ironed on a piece of Pellon® Fusible Fleece. 505 Spray & Fix was used to adhere batting to backing. Then, the borders were added one-by-one by laying the border strip right-side down, aligning the raw edges, sewing a 1/4″ seam allowance, and pressing the strip away from the center. I added the longer sides first, then the shorter sides for each fabric.


The Clover Wedge Iron and Fold Away 12″ x 18″  placed next to my sewing machine provided a convenient place to press each strip. I was careful to not touch the iron to the fusible fleece which held the fabric in place while the next strip was sewn on.



I had added most of the rows with the quilt-as-you-go method when I realized I should have quilted the center first – Duh!

Quilting the center last worked fine. I marked repeating and overlapping large vertical melon shapes using a black 82263 Frixion Pen and a melon-shaped template (made from template plastic) from another appliqué project – then quilted the design with matching blue Essential thread.


The quilt-as-you-go table topper fit perfectly on the night stand. The blues complemented the blues in the bed quilt and lamp. The flange binding in a striped fabric added another design element and sped up the addition of the binding as well. All-in-all, a fun, quick, useful, and attractive project!

Please check back next week to see the other Blue Room project that will sit on the table topper!


  1. Patricia - May 4, 2016

    Love this, thanks for the tutorial.

    • Ann - May 4, 2016

      Thanks Patricia! It was sort of a make-it-up-as-you-go QAYG.

  2. Karen W. - May 4, 2016

    Looks GREAT! A lovely finishing touch. I like the idea too, thanks.

    • Ann - May 4, 2016

      Thanks Karen! There are still a few more blue projects to go – and the room is only 8′ x 10′! We have a college-age foreign exchange student from Taiwan coming in June. I sure hope he likes blue!

  3. Joy Gross - May 4, 2016

    You are so clever.. it looks great.

    • Ann - May 4, 2016

      Thanks Joy! My job here at CT provides a great deal of inspiration…I just bought a sign on our website that says “More Ideas Than Time”. That’s my problem but I love it!

  4. FS - May 10, 2016

    What a beautiful little item, the colors positively glow! It’s wonderful that you make such efforts for your new guest, I bet he’ll be impressed.

    • Ann - May 16, 2016

      Thanks FS! I am enjoying working with the blues – a color I have not used for home decor prior to this. The next person to use the room will probably be a college-aged young man from Taiwan here for the summer to study English. He may be more oblivious than impressed but one can hope!