I need a very quick table topper for my recent luncheon, and I didn’t want to bother with any half square triangles. It needed to be much faster to put together. I found a nice block using all squares called Arrowhead Puzzle on Quilter’s Cache, and thought four together would be perfect. I used purple violet fabric for the focus color, with green as the accent and yellow for the background. It would work great for Mardi Gras too with these colors.
I put this together differently than the instructions. Analyzing the block, you can see that the top two rows are the same as the bottom two, just turned around. I also used 2-1/2-inch strips instead of the 3-1/2-inch squares called for in the pattern.
So, I sewed strips in this order.
Sewing the strips was fast.
I pressed the seams all in the same direction. Since I’ll be reversing the orientation of the cross cut strips, this will nest the seams.
Each strip was cross cut into eight 2-1/2-inch wide sections.
Then the blocks were laid out, ensuring that the seams would nest.
In nothing flat I had four blocks.
Then a topper, orienting each block to create the square in the center.
I added a border of violet fabric.
Loading it on the longarm was quick as it was a small project.
I used a leaf pantograph, it is one of my favorites and goes with just about every design. This time I used a variegated green thread.
Using Warm and Natural batting, with Bottom Line in the bobbin, the quilting is done.
Once again, I bound it in matching fabric to the border. I find I am doing more of this rather than a contrasting binding.
All done, and placed on the Battenberg runner on my luncheon table.
Quick and easy, it went together in an afternoon, and I finished the binding in one evening.
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Would you make one of these quick toppers? What colors would you use?
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