Emerson Street Table Topper

Hello!  We've got an exciting table topper to share today. I call this the Emerson Street Table Topper. My sister Heather and I (Megan) grew-up on Emerson Street on Colorado.  That house for me is my childhood home and I have a lot of fond memories of my family there.  I even picked out a house to represent it in the table topper. It's gray just like the one on Emerson Street!

We are very happy to be posting our second tutorial here on the Moda Bake Shop!!  Heather and I are sisters and we love all things crafty.  We work together on our blog QuiltStory and sell patterns by the same name.  We would love for you to stop by Quilt Story and submit for us to feature one of your quilts! We also have a really great weekly linky party for all things fabric called Fabric Tuesday, we'd love for you to join!

**All seams are 1/4"
**Please read all instructions before beginning

1 Charm Pack- Ruby by Bonnie and Camille
1 Layer Cake- Ruby by Bonnie and Camille
1/8 yard for sashing
2/3 yard for backing
1/2 yard for binding

House Block Construction:

Cut the following:
  • 44 pieces 2.5" x 2.5" (I used blue so it looked like the sky)
  • 22 pieces 2.5" x 4.5"
  • 22 pieces 4.5" x 5"

Take 1 piece 2.5" x 4.5" and 2 pieces 2.5" x 2.5" to create a flying geese unit aka the roof of the house block.  Draw a line from corner to corner on the 2.5" x 2.5" piece.  
  1. Right sides together, place the 2.5" x 2.5" in the corner of the 2.5" x 4.5" piece.  Sew down the line and trim off the outer pieces.
  2. Repeat on the other side.
  3. Press.  Repeat and create 22 flying geese units.

Sew the 4.5" x 5" pieces to the bottom of the flying geese unit to create 22 house blocks.

Pinwheel Block Construction:

Using two different prints, cut 8 squares 4.25" x 4.25" from each print. 16 total.

Draw a line from corner to corner on all of the squares from one print.  Place two 4.25" x 4.25" squares right sides together, one of each print.
  1. Sew 1/4" on both sides of the line.
  2. Cut down the line.
  3. Press each Half-Square Triangle.  Repeat until there are 16 total HSTs.

Sew together the HST's blocks according to the image below to create a pinwheel block.  Create 4.  Each pinwheel block should measure 7" x 7".

Center Strip Construction:

Cut 17 strips 2.5" x 7.5".  Sew side to side.

From sashing fabric, cut 3 strips 1.5" x WOF. Sub-cut to 2 strips 1.5" x 36.5" and two strips 2.5" x 7.5"

Taking the strips sewn together in the previous step, sew the sashing strips to that piece.  First on the ends sew the 1.5" x 6.5" sashing to the 2.5" x 6.5" piece. Press.  Next sew the 1.5" x 36.5" sashing strips to the top and bottom. Press.  Refer to full table topper image.  (By the way, love my Havel's rotary cutter...it's awesome if you need a new one.)

Table Topper Construction:

Piece together 9 house blocks side to side.  Repeat.
Piece together 2 house blocks side to side.  Repeat

Taking the pieces with 2 house blocks sew a pinwheel block on each side.  Now piece together the whole table topper, first sewing the 9 house block strips to the top and bottom of the Center Strips.  Then sew the strips with house blocks and pinwheels on the sides.  Refer to full table topper images.  

Press. Quilt. Bind!  

Finished Size: 21.5" x 42.5"

A sweet table topper!  When I quilted it I added some cute little doors, I think you could do a lot with the house blocks depending on how adventurous you are!  I really love seeing those houses all in a row, makes me smile and hopefully you too!  This can be used as a table topper or even a wall hanging.

Thanks so much, hope you love the tutorial.  Please make sure to stop by and see us at QuiltStory!

Megan and Heather


Hope said...

How gorgeous! I must make one of these.

Shawn said...

Very cute, thank you!!

Basketgirl68 said...

I am unable to click on the link? I get a blank screen error.

annmarie said...

Love the runner - thanks so much.
Would like the printer version but the link doesn't work. Will check back later - hope you can fix it.

Richard Healey said...

That looks great. The well done on the tutorial.


Valerie said...

I took a run-through the instructions and while I am not in the midst of cutting or anything, I do think it would be helpful to know in the instructions whether the cuts should be made from the charm squares or the layer cakes. Obviously anything over 5" can't be from a charm, but a lot of the pieces are 4.5" or less.

amy smart said...

Cute. Love it, you talented girls. :)

Debbie B said...

Very pretty! I'll definitely be saving your pattern to make one of these days. Thanks.

Nicole said...

Super cute. You just can't go wrong with the Ruby fabric.

Michael said...

Really cute! I'm not seeing the use of the layer cake... why not use a jelly roll and then you could have a scrappy binding and backing?
Vickie (not Michael)

GoodGollyMissMolly said...

Im sewing this today and having a problem. The pinwheels from the HST measure 6.5 but the house blocks measure 4.5 X 7. The pinwheels get attached to the house blocks and there is a discrepancy somewhere! HELP!


Quiltstory said...

I corrected the numbers so the problem that Molly saw is fixed. Thanks Molly!

And as Valerie asked, here is a break down of how I utilized the charm pack and layer cake:

I ended up pulling from the charm pack and layer cake because I was focusing more on color. I did have leftovers and I used them to piece my backing. However this is how it ended up working out for me:

I used the charm pack for the roof and sky pieces, that was a total of 22 charm pack pieces.

I used the layer cake for the house, pinwheels and center strip pieces. This used most of them (depending on how much variety you want in your center strips.)

Barbara said...

Love this! Seems pretty quick to put together and easily adapted to fit the colors of each neighborhood. Thanks so much!

GoodGollyMissMolly said...

Thanks so much for the quick fix! I actually started the corners a little differently but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this tutorial. I can't wait to quilt my runner. I used darker colors from Kansas Troubles and it is as cute as ever.

Again thanks so much for this darling pattern. Blessings - Molly

SewSara said...

A tutorial from Quiltstory never disappoints! So darling :)
and I agree, the doors on the houses are adorable!! good idea on the quilting. less work than piecing an actual door and i think it's even cuter :)

pilar said...

I love quilt This tutorial has given me courage to quilting. thanks

Dimi said...

I made one of these last weekend!
I like ist so much.
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!!!

gale said...

I'm trying to make this now but unfortunately the pdf, which is what I downloaded to use, is still wrong. So now my middle strips are too short. I'll have to adjust something somewhere. I wish the pdf was corrected too. :( I didn't know I needed to come back and see the actual post-I figured if the post was changed the pdf would be too.