Star Drops Table Topper

Hi! I'm back again with a new project for our Moda "bakers". While I was as the Spring 2010 quilt market. I met Darlene Zimmerman. She is an amazing quilter and has been designing for more than 20 years. Dalrene mainly focuses on 1930's reproductions. That's where I first came to know of her since I have collected 1930's repros for over 12 years!

As I said, I met Darlene at market and we had some serious quilting chat about what other designs she has and her rulers. United Notions carries all of Darlene's rulers, so it was fitting that I introduce a couple of them to you here on the Bake Shop.

Without further ado.......

Star Drops Table Topper

1/2 yard background sku # 32376-18 Marshmallow Dots
Bamboo batting at least 20" X 20"

Begin by cutting strips of background  3.5" X width of fabric.

In addition: cut a background strip 5" X Width of Fabric for setting squares.

Sub cut the 3.5" background strip into {40} triangles.
Line the 3.5" line of the ruler on the cut edge of the fabric as shown.

Take several fat quarters and cut 4.5" X 22" strips.
I used 10 different prints.
Sub cut the 4.5" strip into 20 triangles {2 each of 10 prints}.
Line up the 4.5" line of the 30 degree triangle ruler and cut.

Each block requires 8 background triangles and 4 center triangles {2 of 2 colors} as shown.

To piece the component star points, begin by sewing on background triangle to a center triangle.

Then sew the other triangle to the opposite side of the center triangle.

This is one complete star point.

Using the Simpli-EZ square, line up the ruler and the background fabric as shown, to trim the piece.

Here is a close up and notice that the colored center point is 1/4" from the ruler corner.
This is important for the final piecing of the blocks.

Rotate the star component and trim the other side.
The component should measure 3" square as shown.

Here is the block just after trimming.

Select 4 components to make a block.

Sew these together similar to a 4-patch.

This is one block complete.
It should measure 5" square.
Make 5 blocks.

Here are examples of blocks that I made.

Set the blocks in rows of 3.
A= 5" background
B= 5" pieced block


Sew them into rows of 3.

Then sew each row to the next.
The top should measure 15.5" X 15.5".

Lay the top with batting and backing fabric.
I used a fat quarter from the bundle for the backing.

Quilt as you like.
I chose to use 1/4 outline quiting for my topper.

Here is the back of the topper.

At this point, I have quilted the top before I trimmed the corners.
To trim the topper corners, I used a 4" X 14" ruler as shown. 
Lined it up with 1/4" mark on the ruler with the points of the star blocks.

Trim the top, batting and backing away.

Do this for all four corners.

A view from the back.

A closer view of the quilting.

You may bind with any method you choose.
I decided to bind by machine.
To do this, I made 2 1/4" double fold binding with left over strips from a fat quarter.
I sewed the binding to the BACK first.

Fold binding to the FRONT and machine stitch 1/16" from the edge.
I recommend using coordinating threads on the top and bottom for a more polished finish.

A 15" x 15" Star Drops Table Topper

Darlene has a created a book with her design option for a larger quilt with setting strips and corner stones.


For those of you that have read through the tutorial, I have a surprise for you!
Leave a comment here on Moda Bake Shop and on my blog
to be entered in a giveaway for a bundle of 12 Moda fat quarters and more. 2 Chances to win!!
Check my blog for details.


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maggiesquiltnthreads said...

I love this! I think I may make a few for last minute gifts that I still need to make! Thanks for the beautiful Idea!

Shirley said...

Wow! This is a lovely table topper and tutorial. Can't wait to try it!

Colima said...

That is so clever!

Meredith said...

I am going to have to check into the 30 degree ruler. I think your pattern is adorable. I love Darlene's creations.

Charlene said...

I'm a freak for stars - especially unique looking ones. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Julie in WA said...

Those special rulers sure can make a difference in making a great quilt! I'm going to have to look into getting one of those tools!

Passionate Quilter said...

Love it! I love all the colors...Merry Christmas!

Peach Rainbow said...

Lovely colors :)

Bonnie said...

I really like this little table topper. And, the colors are fab. Now to see if I can actually make one! Woot! Woot! thanks fr sharing.

Beth said...

What a clever idea! Love the colors, too.

Matt's Momma said...

This is great! Already looking forward to creating next year's Christmas presents... thank you for a great tutorial!

Nancy Sue said...

A great table topper for any season! Great tutorial!!

traceyjay said...

I was leaving a comment before I knew there was a giveaway... I love this. :) Very cute.

María said...

Es precioso, y el tutorial está bastante claro, creo que seré capaz de hacerlo.

b said...

Very cool. I would love to make one of these...

Bolts and Bobbins said...

This is great. I'm sure to try this out. Thanks

Kim Walus said...

Vickie. I love this great table topper and would love to make one. The tutorial is awesome and I must acquire the ruler for my ruler collection. Hope you had a great Christmas with your loved ones.

pojeda said...

I love this table topper! Thank you so much!

pojeda (at) embarqmail (dot) com

mabear said...

Very pretty! Thanks from for the tutorial.

Sandy said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I really like the shape of this and love the stars.

C Fleyfel said...

Thanks for the free pattern. I have a problem with the measurements:
if you sew the 4 of the 3" squares together to make the final star, you end up with a 5 1/2" square not a 5" square.(2 seam allowances = 2 x 1/4", so 3+3=6-1/2=5 1/2")
Am I doing something wrong in the construction? The final table topper ends up 16"
Thanks for your advice

mzdaisee47 said...

Love this with the retro fabrics. It so reminds me of my grandma. I just put it on my to do list to make as a table cloth!

Sue Lewis said...

Really like this table topper. Looks fairly easy. Like your tutorial.

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