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This star table topper has a unique shape which you can orient in two ways. It's easy to make using the Tri ruler of any Tri Recs set of rulers!
The table topper is versatile and quick and easy to make. Make one for every holiday – Christmas, Halloween or patriotic holidays!
Use the Tri ruler of any Tri Recs combo set of rulers to cut the triangles for this table topper.
To see or learn how to use these rulers see the Triangle In a Square tutorial.
WOF: width of fabric
From Fabric A (star) cut 1 (6 1/2 inch x WOF) strip or 1 (6 1/2 inch x 29 inch) strip from scraps or 2 (6 1/2 inch x WOF) strips from fatquarters :
From Fabric B (backing) cut:
All seams are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted.
Step 1a From Fabric A cut 4 (6 1/2 inch) triangles using a Tri triangle ruler (see cutting instructions above. To see or learn how to use the ruler see the Triangle In a Square tutorial.
Step 1a Mark the center of the triangles along their base (the side opposite the tip) by folding each triangle in half along its base and pressing a crease into the fold.
Step 2 From Fabric A cut 1 (6 1/2 inch) square using a square or other quilting ruler.
Mark the center of each side of the square by folding it in half vertically once and press a crease into the top and bottom of the fold.
Unfold and re-fold the square in half horizontally once and press a crease into the top and bottom of the fold.
Step 3a Place the base of one triangle along the top edge of the square, matching the centers. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam. Repeat for the opposite side of the square. Press the seams toward the triangles.
Step 3b Rotate the sewn square/triangle unit 90 degrees. Repeat step 3a for the 2 remaining two sides of the square.
Your star table topper quilt top should resemble the picture below if you orient two of the star points north and south.
You can also orient the star with the points pointing in the four corners of a square.
Step 4 Layer this order: batting, backing fabric (right side up), star table topper quilt top (right side down) .
Step 5 Use a walking foot to stitch the layers together along the inside perimeter of the star using a 1/4 inch seam away from the star's edge. Leave an un-stitched opening large enough for your hand to fit through (marked by blue lines).
Step 6 Cut out the star. Use a rotary cutter and ruler, or scissors, to cut along the outside perimeter of the star cutting through the backing fabric and batting.
Step 7 Turn the star table topper inside out. Place your hand through the opening and pull the fabric inside out.
Run a wooden turning tool, retractable ink pen, knitting needle or chopstick along the inside seam to un-bunch the fabric and shape the star table topper. Push the star tips out as far as you can without punching through the fabric.
If necessary, from the right side of the fabric use a quilting pin to pick the star points out as far as you can. When you are done the seams should be pretty even and the backing fabric does not show when viewing the topper from the front. The same is true if viewing the topper from the back. The front fabric should not show from the back.
Step 8 Turn the edges of the opening under 1/4 inch, or even with sewn edges, and press in place.
Step 9a Use a walking foot to stitch around the perimeter of the star about 1/8 of an inch in from the edge. This will close and secure the opening, help the outer seams to lie flat and quilt the top to the backing fabric.
Step 9b Place the edge of your walking foot against the previously stitched line (see photo above). Stitch four additional quilting lines (see photo below) 1/4 inch in from the previously stitched line following the outline of the star.
Your star table topper is complete! The above photo shows the back with the quilting lines clearly visible. See what you can create with one simple tool. :-)
See this article for more about straight line quilting designs.
To create a larger star table topper use the 9 1/2 inch measurement line on the Tri ruler. You will need about 3/8 yard of Fabric A to cut 1 (9 1/2 inch x W0F) strip and subcut your triangles and square from it.
For the backing fabric and batting you'll need about 27 inch x 27 inch square of each. Your finished table topper should measure about 26 1/2 inches x 26 1/2 inches when the star points point north and south.