Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Modern Antiques: Table Topper Tutorial - Blocks

There's so much color variety in Rose Ann Cook's Modern Antiques collection! Since it's September, we've selected prints with an autumn feel to make a pieced table topper. Follow along today to learn how to make the blocks, and then come back tomorrow to see how to finish the topper. 

You'll Need: 
(for the blocks)
1/4 yard each of 3 dark prints and 3 medium prints
1/4 yard of a light print

From each dark print: 
(1) 2" x 21" strip
(2) 4" squares

From each medium print:
(2) 4" squares

From the light print:
(4) 2" x 21" strips

Make the Blocks:
1. Sew (1) 2" x 21" dark print strip lengthwise to (1) 2" x 21" light print strip. Crosscut into (10) 2"-wide segments. 

2. Sew (2) segments together to make a four-patch. Make (5) four-patches. 

3. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 4" medium print square. Pair it right sides together with a 4" dark print square. 

4. Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Cut on the line. 

5. Press both units open. Trim to measure 3-1/2" square. Make a total of (4) half-square triangles. 

6. Lay out the (5) four-patches and (4) half-square triangles units into (3) rows of (3) units each. 

7. Sew the units into rows and join the rows to complete a Jacob's Ladder block measuring 9-1/2" square. 

8. Repeat steps 1-7 to make a total of (4) Jacob's Ladder blocks. 

9. Lay out the blocks into (2) rows of (2) blocks each. Sew the blocks into rows and join the rows. 

Tomorrow we'll be back with a second tutorial, adding borders! 

Click here to read Rose Ann's interview about her Modern Antiques fabrics. 
Click here to see the entire Modern Antiques collection.
Click here to visit the Quilter's Emporium website.
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  1. This is a good example of how the truly classic blocks will play well with any fabric style. This pattern will make a great canvas for FMQ. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love this topper but wish a printer friendly version was available.

  3. Thank you for the tutorial, it's such a cute pattern. Hugs,

  4. After reading the post and great tutorial today, I knew this was a project that I had to make. Although, I do not have any of the Modern Antiques Fabric Collection at this time (so sad). I decided to be Merry and go with some Christmas Fabrics that have been given to me by a very dear friend. With using this fabulous tutorial, I did manage to get 2 blocks completely sewn together today and a 3rd cut out. You know life gets in the way every time I am really having a great time with a project. So, I am looking forward to finishing the blocks tomorrow and seeing what the Border Tutorial will unfold! Thank You so much for sharing this and have a great evening!

  5. Love that pattern. Thanks for the tutorial.