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.


Press.
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

Setting:
    ABA
    BBB
    ABA


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.


*Note*
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.


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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 http://www.spunsugarquilt.com/
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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Butterfly said...

Love this table topper! it is so fresh looking.

Leona

Kimberly said...

This is so pretty... I can see it in color themes for different seasons!

Lotta said...

Lovely tabletopper! I wish I had the ruler you used but I suppose I can figure it out anyway.
Lotta in Sweden

kwiltmakr said...

That is so nice and it looks simple. Nice tutorial.

Jacque. said...

ohmy...this recipe is great...cannot wait to try it.

arlette said...

This recipe looks yummy to make!!!!

CJ said...

So pretty! I'd like to give this a try.

jle819 said...

Very cute table topper! I am adding the fun ruler to my Christmas wish list! :) I think, maybe with a bit of practice, even I could make this cute topper!

bruinbr said...

This is a wonderful tutorial! Very detailed pictures and a beautiful topper!

Cristina said...

Just looking at the original picture, I was thinking it would be too complicated, but your instructions make it look a lot less scary. I think I might just give it a try! Thanks!

Erin Marie said...

I should get me a triangle ruler. And add this to my (extensive) list of things to make.

Rhanda said...

Another project to my "to be done in 2011" list! Thanks (i think) ;-)
This is really lovely, can't wait to try it! Now to get the ruler. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I love blogland.

Hanne said...

This is a lovely table topper and a gorgeous star :-)

Gwen said...

Lovely project and just what I was looking for. Thanks for putting this together!

Ranae said...

gorgeous! so unique!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Your table topper is lovely and the tutorial is great.I'll try to have one ready before Christmas.

Vicki ♥ said...

I love this table topper so much that I just have to make one :) Very clever and very effective :) Thanks very much

Wendy said...

This is a really nice table topper and one I am going to make after the holidays. Thanks for the tutorial.

Ellie-CraftSewCreate said...

Darling pattern, I love the retro look!

Martina said...

What a fun project and it looks so fresh and lovely! Thank you for this great pattern!

Jan Hatchett said...

Gorgeous project! Love the idea of cutting off the corners after quilting instead of before. I never would have thought of that!

mabblab said...

This is fun! I like these stars more than some of the other blocks I've seen. I'll have to try this. Thanks for the tute!

Christine M said...

I love your table topper. The star is such a lovely shape.

Wendy said...

How beautiful! Can't wait to make this ... maybe after Christmas rush ... sure winner!!

Rachel said...

so cute and demure! That would make a lovely doll quilt too.

Janet said...

Very cute and such pretty fabrics!

Baskets Of Quilts said...

So cheerful! I'd love to see or as a full quilt!

Nicky said...

What a star performance tutorial that looks great but easy at the same time!

Helene Juul said...

I would never have thought you could make these lovely stars by machine. Wonderful tutorial!

Jessica said...

I love this pattern and the fabrics are so fresh!

Amanda said...

I love it! What a great idea. There is so many different color schemes that could be used for this. I will have to make one or two or...

Jan said...

Fresh, fabulous stars for Christmas - thank you so much for the tutorial, Vickie.

Maria said...

Adorable little project! So clear cut and crispy! I think I'll have to try and make one of my own!

cathy said...

what a sweet pattern very new

Lisa Upchurch said...

I love this topper! I think I need to start investing in some quilting rulers so I can do things like this. I'm just learning how to quilt.

Michele said...

This looks like fun! Can't wait to give it a try! Thanks Vickie!

Marisa said...

I love the bright colors. I definitely would love to make this table topper!

Stormy Days said...

Beautiful, I can't wait to make it. Thanks.

Kathie said...

perfect for the table next to where I applique!
thanks for sharing your pattern with us!
oh love the fabrics you used as well. Just so happy.
Kathie

Jenny said...

what a great project!

Solange said...

The colors are so bright! And so easy, as it seems!
Merry Xmas!

TheaM said...

this would also be lovely done with bright scraps on a neutral or dark background... for a more dramatic look. Love those sharp points!

Barbara said...

you always make such awesome things - thanks for this a lot. I always appreciate your creativeness

Patricia said...

I have only been quilting a couple years now, I LOVE this table topper. I'm going to give it a shot! Thanks for sharing

Patti

Beth said...

OOOHH...I would love a whole quit of this but I don't think I have the patience!

Honey said...

I love that this isn't a square. What a fun new shape!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Great job Vickie, super cute project!

jennifer said...

Love the colors.

Janet said...

Love both that table topper and the idea of a full quilt - guess I'll have to pick up that ruler!

Happy holidays!

Janet
jfquilts@gmail.com

rebecca said...

Great project. Thanks for being so talented and creative!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Very pretty! It looks like it would be fun to make:)

Kay said...

Vickie, I love LOVE this! you make it look so easy. I would definately like to try this.
Thank you,
Kay

Renea said...

Love this pattern and your choice of colors work so well together.

Molly said...

I love this...very fresh! Great job Vickie! :)

Karenkayw said...

Its so beautiful! I love the fabrics you chose. I need to go out and buy those rulers!

Colleen said...

I love your pattern!

Patty said...

What a pretty topper.What a wonderful surprise. I am going to try this topper next year;)

cmcscraps said...

Thanks the the great instructions. I love the stars and the fabric. Hope I win so I can recreate one for my self!

Kate said...

Wonderful! I have a Tri-Rec set and I'm always on the lookout for new things I can do with them.

Staci said...

I am quite intrigued by this pattern. My initial thought on seeing the photos was, "How cute! I love the stars!" Quickly followed by, "Nope, too hard for me!" After taking time reading the instructions and seeing the process photos, I am eager to try it out. Got to find one of those rulers now! Thank you! You've made this wonderful star very do-able for a nervous quilter.

LeAnne said...

What a great table topper! Love it. I love the simple design.

Jennifer said...

Great table topper. Love the bright colors too.

Annie said...

This is so cute! Thanks for de-mystifying this block for me!

annemarie said...

So very lovely - love it.

foodmathquilts said...

A pretty tutorial. It would be great if you could list how many strips/squares you used (for those of us working with different fabric)

Thanks for sharing!

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

That seems much more simple than it looks! I'm bookmarking this to try it!

Tiffany said...

Ooo super cute table topper and I like the idea of using this pattern as a blanket too!

nadelmaus said...

What a lovely tutorial. Thank you for sharing with us. And I love the rulers from Darlene Zimmermann! Now I keep my fingers crossed for the giveaway;0)

Christa said...

What a vibrant color combo!

Sandy said...

Great tutorial! Thanks!=)

Kasey said...

Yep. Definitely going to have to make this one, especially since I have the rulers already. Thanks, Vicki!

gill said...

Love this!
Worth buying the ruler just for this project
Thank you

Lee Ann said...

I saved this to possibly do in the future. Right now, I don't have a lot of confidence to do these kind of stars! Maybe someday. :-)

Sherry said...

Thank you for this table topper pattern.

I love learning how to use new rulers!

Looking forward to making several of these for gifts for next year.

Sherry V.

Crystal Stanworth said...

cute! love this one!

Marie said...

This is wonderful - thank you!

Kaye Prince said...

This is really lovely Vickie and the fabrics that you chose are just great!

Cindy said...

Wow! When I first saw the top I was thinking how complicated it would be but your directions made it look like something I can do! I'm going to have to add those rulers to my collection. Thanks so much!

lisa said...

that looks a lot easier than I thought it would be. I might have to try that. I think I see a mini tree skirt adaptation here!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

I dig it! I'm going to look for those couple of rulers and make one for myself.

knottygnome said...

that's very cool. i love how cheerful it is.

Cory said...

I love this pattern and can't wait to make it. Thank you for sharing. Take care and God bless, Cory

Very Verdant said...

I love the step by step photos. You make it look so simple. I may have to give this a try!

ShariK said...

I'm glad I read the tutorial to the end, LOL. I like this topper, makes me forget how cold it is outside.

Judy said...

Great tutorial! I thought those stars would be much more difficult - I may have to put those on my to do list! Thank you!

mefutch said...

I really like the Moda Bake Shop - If only I had time to make half of everything I see!

Kathryn said...

I just saw a version of this pattern at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC in blacks/brights. Yours in lights is more to my liking. Thanks for the instructions

Mary said...

I love this project. It is definitely going on my list of Must-Makes right after Christmas. Thanks so much.

Karen said...

Congratulations on your Bake Shop project. Really cute table topper. Thanks!

Pokey said...

Oh, the little stars sparkle in these happy colors. Congrats on another Moda success, Vickie!

paulette said...

Wow!! I love this little table topper!! Very sweet and perfect for all year long!!
thanks for sharing!
Paulette

Jeanne said...

very bright and cheerful!

Needled Mom said...

Soooo cute. I love this project.

Miz H. said...

I love that happy fabric with the white... it really makes the prints sparkle!

on vacation with di and Paul said...

I love the fabrics and white always makes everything look so bright and pretty. Thank you always for the step by step instruction.

Tracy said...

This topper is cute! :) I've always wondered how those stars were made! I like the colors, it's so summery! :)

Kristine said...

How cute! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

wilmascraftcorner said...

Great instructions & adorable blocks!
Wilma

Muddling Through said...

The Star Drops is such a pretty project! And you wrote a very clear tutorial for it. Thank you!!!

Laura Jane said...

So happy I found your blog, you have some lovely things :-) This tutorial looks greeat. Thanks!

Jenn said...

I love quilted stars. At first I thought, oh this looks hard. Then that was it; I think I could do that!

DD Lindsey said...

Love this! It's going in my "must-do" list. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Great tutorial, will look for the ruler.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Cute table topper! Looks like a great last minute gift. Anthe quilt it wonderful.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This turned out so cute. It is such a bright and cheerful table topper.

Karen said...

Lovely pattern. Can be made more holiday like too with Christmas themed fabrics.

AllieKatMom said...

This is so cute! What isnt cute with Its a hoot line! Absolutely love that line!

Regina said...

Vickie, I love this pattern. The MoMo fabric makes those starts POP! Now lets hope Christmas comes early for me :)

Jessica said...

Wow, I love the colors you picked and the pattern! Never seen anything like it before!

Claire said...

Oh WOW...you make this look so easy...and i love the idea of using this tutorial for making a larger quilt...you did a great job!!

Jorie said...

I can't wait to use some springtime prints to make this!!

Lisa said...

You make this look so easy... I love the colors on the white! Really cute!

mean sarah jean said...

love the stars. i've done points for leaves that look the same, but with paper piecing. this looks a LOT easier.

luvtoquilt said...

That table topper is absolutely adorable -- especially using "It's a Hoot" -- love that fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jera said...

Absolutely gorgeous!The colors and style look vintage. -Jera at quiltingintherain.com

Amanda said...

I love this, but I think that I need an entire quilt and not just a table topper.
Thanks for sharing

Barb in Mi said...

Beautiful - and I can use my TriRec ruler. And it goes on my quilt to-do list. Thanks for such a comprehensive tut - and the generous giveaway!

Stephany said...

I WANT ONE! :) Love it!

Amy said...

I love this pattern! So cute!

jabeybaby said...

This is beautiful!

WoolenSails said...

Love the stars and a wonderful tutorial.

Debbie

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful table topper Vicki. Thanks for writing this tutorial and sharing with us. I am looking forward to making it.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Linda Mc said...

The topper is adorable and I just might have to make a baby quilt.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

What a fun idea! I'm going to have to keep my eye out for the rulers. Thanks for a lovely pattern!

Debra said...

What a cute topper. Love it!

Katie B. said...

What a cute project!

marilyn said...

I love the table topper!! Very cute!!

Connie said...

Beautiful pattern and wonderful tutorial! More must have rulers/templates!

Tracy said...

Love the design and totally love the colors of this. Your tutorial make it look very do-able!

Slowpoke said...

Beautiful topper. I thought the pattern looked hard but after reading your tutorial, I think I can do it. Lovely fabrics too. Thank you. Luba

Gelia said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

webmailaddress2 said...

Great tutorial!

Carol said...

This is so cute. I think the big quilt would look so cute. I want to make the table topper for my mom.

Jan said...

Brilliant tutorial.

Theresa said...

Wow!! What a cool tool!!!!! This table topper is awesome!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks for the great tutorial Vickie!

Ruth Hope said...

so cute! cool way to do binding!

Duff said...

Another sure-fire winner! (Not that we were expecting anything less from you....)

Heartsdesire said...

This was a great tutorial. I might actually be able to make this table topper. The fabrics are gorgeous, very spring-like.

Tanya said...

Love this project!! Thanks so much for a wonderful tutorial.

Carla said...

Very pretty! And I love the back.

lisaestrada said...

Very pretty, and I love the fabrics.
lisaestrada AT yahoo DOT com

Cindy said...

Love your topper!

Leah said...

Love this pattern. Thanks for sharing

Lisa said...

I'm loving this table topper, already printed it ready for making in the new year.

Karen said...

Now I know how to do it! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. Merry Christmas!

karenfae said...

I love this!! one look and I was planning another scrap quilt - would love to be included in the give away.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Lina said...

Lovely table topper. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

the Nicholas Project said...

How cute this is! I can see it on tables for the springtime tea party I'm thinking about... hmmm...
Thanks! Chaplain Donna H.

Glaukos said...

just beautiful

GerryART said...

fresh just about describes this topper
isn't it the way with quilts - the more complex blocks look, most times there is a very simple technique that makes things quick and easy
happy holiday hugs

sandra said...

Beautiful, i will have to buy that ruler and make it.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

That's a great pattern and thanks for showing me those rulers. I have not seen them before.

Billie

Kristy said...

Darling tabletopper....and a generous giveaway. Merry Christmas

Carol said...

Your directions are so good! Thanks for such a cute topper!!

Cindy said...

now how cute is that tabletopper?!!! i agree, it will be fantastic in many different color-ways!
Thanks, Cindy

scottylover said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the pattern and the wonderful tutorial~!

Sandy A

Carol in E TN said...

Love this table topper! And I have everything I need to make one with, only problem I am not at home to be able to do one NOW! Your directions and pics are great too!

Maggey and Jim said...

I was inpressed by the design and color scheme..I must try this,, Love the fabric..
Maggey

Rita said...

wow! what beautiful fabric and such a 'sweet' pattern. many thanks for the tutorial, but it does look very challenging -- i believe i could do it, would be willing to give it a try. i want the quilt!!

junglewife said...

This table topper looks like so much fun! I'm looking forward to making my own!

Quilt Hollow said...

CA-UTE!!!

Marianne said...

Love the table topper!! I sure hope I am a winner of this great giveaway!

Cecilia said...

I love the table topper. I will have to make one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sarah Craig said...

Mmmm, I'm getting this template for Christmas, so now I know what I'll make with it!!

Linda said...

This is going on my to do list :)

Lee said...

I just adore it! thank you for the tutorial

Marj said...

Great pattern, looks easy to make.

ledamewood said...

Great tutorial - thanks.

Marcia W. said...

This table topper is pretty and crisp. Good work!

The Pink Chick said...

Pretty table topper! I love the shape! thanks for the tutorial!

Sherri said...

Love this Vickie!

Lisa said...

Cute

Sundays Child said...

Great topper - it's "do-able"! :-)

AnnieO said...

It's really bright and fun. Love your fabric choices. How many pieces of fat quarters did you actually use?

Thanks for the extra chance to win your lovely giveaway.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

Linda said...

Lovely little topper! It belies all the work you put into it...8-)

Debbie said...

Very clear tutorial, Vickie! I like the design.

Carol said...

Lovely!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Lovely table topper...love the shape...

Kerry said...

Love the table topper pattern, so fresh looking. Would also look great in a bed quilt. I'm feeling inspired now! LOL.

Roma said...

neat Vicki. The fat quarters would be a bouns at this time of year.

Ursula said...

What a cute topper! So happy looking. And the perfect shape for mom's table. Thank you for the chance to win.

Janet said...

I love the pattern!

Jo said...

I have seen Darlene's pattern for that block and have been curious to know how to make it. Thanks for the tutorial...Now I want the ruler. There's always something to want :)

mom2three said...

I love this pattern - it looks like it's too tough for me, but I might have to give it a try.... thanks for sharing it with us!

vanos said...

I have the these rulers - Guess what I'll be making!!! Love It -

Gayle said...

Enjoyed the tutorial and would like to make one.

Paula Ganyard said...

This is so cute that I have added it to my 2011 list of projects! Thanks for sharing it with us.

craftytammie said...

oh, wouldn't this be lovely on my bed?! thanks for sharing!

Sandy said...

Darling table topper...easy with those rulers! M\

Tiffany said...

Very thorough tutorial! Thanks for all the great pictures and instructions! It's super cute!

mamabug said...

Thanks again for a very cute tutorial. Well done :) kathie

mikeandpeggyj said...

Adorable tutorial! I love the fabrics.

Pam said...

I'm intrigued. Have to add this one to my list.

Deb G. in VA said...

Love your table topper! Thanks for a chance to win!

carol said...

Would love the book, ruler, and table topper fabric pattern.

Chiska said...

Thanks for the 1/4 inch away from the star tip step!

Cindy said...

I need to add this to my ever growing project list - very pretty!

sewingcat said...

Great table topper, really cute.
You have made it look so easy and I like the fact that this isn't another half square triangle pattern. Have you done this with larger blocks to see what it looks like. Keep being creative, you done good!

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