It’s the start of two weeks of school holidays down here in Tasmania, Australia. While the kids were playing happily together outside, I was able to find a few hours yesterday afternoon to finish a new cover for my sewing table. (Up until now, my sewing table has been covered in a beach towel!)
When I first began sewing in 2014, I discovered a wonderful local fabric store Frangipani Fabrics and signed up to be a member of their Fabric Club. Each month, members receive in the mail 10 x 6½ inch squares of the latest fabric collections. Although no longer subscribed to this club – I visit the store regularly – I have collected quite a pile of these lovely little squares.
I sorted through what I had and pulled out a variety of greens, yellows and a few blues.
The plan was to sew these squares together in random order. However, I don’t do “random” very well, so after much deliberation, I finally settled on a 5 x 10 arrangement which would result in the perfectly sized table topper with no overhang.
I didn’t want a binding on this table topper, so I created a quilt sandwich with batting and backing fabric and quilted diagonal lines through each square. I chose not to mark any lines and am happy to say that the lines turned out pretty straight.
I created the back for this table topper using some green fabric from my stash. I just love the Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow fabric and am a little sad that this is my only piece.
I cut the backing fabric to the same size as the quilt top – 30 x 60 inches – and sewed the two pieces right sides together, leaving a large gap for turning out.
After turning out the right way, I gave the quilt a good press with a hot iron, making sure to carefully tuck in the edges of the opening. I then top stitched around all edges of the quilt, which closed the gap and gave the quilt a nice finish.
I am so happy with how this table topper has turned out.
This really was a spur-of-the-moment project idea but the end result has already made my sewing space a much nicer place to spend time in 🙂
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