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Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, ...

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Hip Holiday Table Topper

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Hip Holiday Table Topper
Hip Holiday Table Topper English Paper Piecing
Hip Holiday Table Topper Blend Hip Holiday Fabrics
Hip Holiday Table Topper Front
Hip Holiday Table Topper Wandering Clover Quilting Closeup
Hip Holiday Table Topper Back

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Good sewing skills
  • You will learn to use the English paper piecing method to make flying geese
  • You will learn other tricks to make simple work of the checkerboard.

Pattern Description:

This holiday table topper was designed specifically for a challenge issued to the West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild, of which I am a member. The challenge came from Blend Fabrics, and they offered participants a layer cake (ten by ten inch squares) of the ten fabrics in the Hip Holiday collection. This collection designed by Josephine Kimberling offers a fresh modern take on the holidays, but this table topper design would work with most any fabrics that appeal to you. The key is to find fabrics that have sufficient contrast to make the design pop.
This design features a central block - in this case it is "Tree Shopping" in White - surrounded by flying geese on a blanket of snow to suggest the road trip to locate the perfect Christmas tree. The back of the table topper is also pieced with flying geese and checkerboards to give you a reversible table dressing. Or set it down on a coffee table with a pretty candle in the center to add that special touch to your holiday living room or family room.
The pattern makes up quickly, so it is ideal for a last minute holiday gift as well.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished Dimensions: Approximately 20 inches by 30 inches


  • If using the Hip Holiday collection, you will need one 10 by 10 inch square of each of the ten fabrics in the line, plus 1/2 yard of Reindeer Stroll in Green and 1 yard each of Reindeer Stroll and Dotted Swirl metallic in White.
  • If using different fabrics purchase 1 yard light 1 yard dark 1/2 yard medium 3-4 (or more) fat quarters or a Charm Pack (five by five inch squares) or Layer Cake (ten by ten inch squares) of coordinating fabrics.
  • Rotary cutting tools (self-healing mat, rotary cutter, quilter's ruler) Note: pieces may be cut by hand with scissors, but it is much faster and more accurate to use a rotary cutter
  • Sewing machine with patchwork quilting foot, used to ensure standardized 1/4 inch seam allowances. However if your machine provides another method for this, or you are good at maintaining a fixed width seam allowance, you may not need a special presser foot.
  • Quilter's pins - these are bent safety pins and are used for basting. You may baste layers of quilt with thread, but again, pins are faster and easier.
  • Seam ripper, thread clipper or embroidery scissors, sewing gauge or ruler.
  • Appropriate quilting presser feet for machine quilting (walking foot for straight or in-the-ditch or an open toe darning foot for free motion quilting)

You Will Also Need:

  • You will need a piece of batting that is about 36 by 24 inches. You can either buy a piece of craft batting (usually measures 36 by 45) or use scraps from another project.
  • Coordinating thread

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