Thursday, September 28, 2017

Modern Antiques: Table Topper Tutorial - Borders

Welcome back to the border (and finishing) day of our Modern Antiques Fall Table Topper. 
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.

Yesterday, we ended with the quilt center looking like this:
(Click here to see the first day's tutorial, showing how to make these Jacob's Ladder blocks)

Today we're adding two rounds of borders with colored cornerstones. The squares in each corner should be the same color as the corresponding block, which extends the chain pattern out. It's a simple border treatment, but it enhances the block design, and finishes up a great table topper at just 21-1/2" square.

Additional Yardage Needed:
1/4 yard of a medium blue print
1/3 yard of a cream print
1/4 yard of a brown print (for binding)
3/4 yard for backing
27" square of batting

From each of the dark prints you used for the blocks:
(2) 2" squares

From the medium blue print: 
(4) 2" x 18-1/2" strips

From the cream print: 
(4) 2" x 21-1/2" strips

From the brown print:
(3) 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding

Adding the Borders:
1. Sew 2" x 18-1/2" medium blue strips to opposite sides of the quilt center. 
2. Sew (1) 2" dark square to each end of (2) 2" x 18-1/2" medium blue strips. Before sewing the squares, lay out the strips and squares around the quilt to make sure you have each corner square in the correct position. 

3. Sew the pieced strips to the top and bottom of the quilt, again double checking that the square colors match up. 

4. Sew 2" x 21-1/2" cream print strips to opposite sides of the quilt center. 

5. Sew 2" dark print squares to opposite ends of the remaining cream strips, again checking to make sure colors are positioned correctly.

6. Sew these strips to the top and bottom of the quilt. 

1. Layer the quilt backing right side down, batting, and quilt top right side up. Baste layers together and quilt as desired (we used an allover loop-de-loop design. 

2. Use the (3) 2-1/4" x 42" brown print strips to bind the quilt. 


Missed the first day of our Table Topper Tutorial? Click here.

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. For some reason, this talks to me. Maybe it's the colors. Whatever it is ... I really like it!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I like the simplicity ~ need to add some top and bottom for use on a bed so mine won't stay "square". Thanks! :)