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Hip Holiday Table Topper


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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. 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. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Finished Dimensions: Approximately 20 inches by 30 inches

Recommended with this pattern

  • 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)
  • 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

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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, and wet felting techniques to create unique works of art. Kay blogs about her craft at She says, "I learned to crochet, knit and sew at my mother's knee. She could do it all from sewing to tatting, crochet, knitting, embroidery. I learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7 and just never stopped learning new crafts and techniques."

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