Luck of the Irish Table Topper



 Option A - 30" x 30"  (shown above)

Option B -  12" x 36"


Option A -
1 green fat quarter for shamrocks
4 fat quarters for pieced border
3/8 yard solid green for the scallop edge (optional)
3/4 yard cream background
1/4 yard green binding
1 yard back
5" x 7" piece of Steam-a-Seam

Option B -
1 fat quarter for shamrocks
1/4 yard binding
1/2 yard background
1/2 yard back
5" x 7" piece of Steam-a-Seam


Quick Points Ruler, Scallop Ruler model S1for scallop border

Table Topper A - 30" x 30"

From your green fat quarter, cut twelve  4 1/2" squares.
These are your shamrock leaves

Cream Background:
Cut three 2 1/2" x 42" strips
take two strips, from each strip cut:
one  2 1/2" x 18 1/2"
one 2 1/2" x  22 1/2"
From the third strip cut:
one 2 1/2" x 18 1/2"
two 2 1/2" x  8 1/2"

Cut two 1 1/2" x 42" strips
cut these strips into 1 1/2" squares, you need 36 squares

Cut one 4 1/2" x 42" strip
Cut this strip in to four 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares

With a ruler and pencil, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 1 1/2" square.

Place three 1 1/2" background squares in the three corners of the green 4 1/2" square,
right sides together.  Sew on the pencil line.

Trim seam to 1/4".

Press background pieces open.  This makes your shamrock leaf. 
 Repeat until you have 12 shamrock leaves. 

Take 3 shamrock leaves and one 4 1/2" background square and lay them out as shown. 

Sew together as shown.  To applique the stem, use the stem template and follow manufactures directions on tracing and fusing the stem in place.
  Note: you can use ric-rac or some other trim if you choose.

Blanket stitch or zig zag around the stem.

Sew the center seam.  Press.  Your first shamrock is done.  Give yourself a pat on the back.  Now repeat these steps until you have four shamrock blocks.

OK, shamrock blocks done, lay them out as shown.  Placing the 2 1/2" x 18 1/2" background strip down the center  and the 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" background strips between the blocks

Sew the 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips to the shamrock blocks as shown.  Press your seams to one side.

Sew the 2 1/2" x 18 1/2" center strip to the shamrock block sections as shown.
 Press your seams to one side. 
Layout your border strips.  Side border strips are 2 1/2" x 18 1/2"
Top and bottom border strips are 2 1/2" x 22 1/2"
Sew on side border strips first.  Press seams to one side.

Sew on top and bottom borders.  Press seams to one side. Now for the borders.

OPTIONAL Scallop edge
if you don't want the scallop, skip down to the next section, Pieced Outer Border


Cut three 4 1/2" x  42" strip from the green solid border fabric.  Take one strip and cut it in half, so you have two 4 1/2" x 21" strips.  Sew one of those strips to one end of the 4 1/2" x 42" strips. 
Do this to both strips. 

Now you have two 4 1/2" x 63" strips.

 With right sides together lay your Quick Points Scallop Ruler S1 on top and trace around the scallops with a pen.  Moving the ruler down until you have traced the scallops the length of your fabric.  Marking in all the small circles for the center lines and sewing lines. 


Sew 1/4" from your pen line all the way down both sides.


Trim your seam to 1/8". Lay the fabric out flat and with a ruler, draw a pen line down the center of the scallop section as shown.

With your rotary cutter, cut down the center line. 
Turn each scallop and press.  Trim the raw edge of your scallop strip to 1/4" from the low point of the scallop.

Cut two strips that have 9 scallops each for the sides of your quilt. 
Pin in place, leaving 1/4" space at each end. 
 Sew in place using a 1/4" seam. 

Cut two more  9 scallop strips for the top and bottom of your quilt top. 
Pin in place.  Leaving a 1/4" space at each end.

Sew in place.  Be sure not to catch the scallops on the end in your seams.
Your scallop edge is done. Yeah!  Moving on.

Pieced outer border

Take the remaining four fat quarters.

From each fat quarter cut 11,  2 1/2" x  4 1/2" rectangles.

Make four sections with 11 rectangles each. Sew together as shown. 
Press seams to one side.

Take one of the fat quarters you used and cut four 4 1/2" squares.
These are for the corners on the border.

Layout your borders with the corner squares. 
 Sew one corner square on each end of the top and bottom border, as shown.

Sew on side borders.  Press seams. 
 Press out the scallop edge so it lies on the pieced border.

Sew on top and bottom border.  Press seams. 
Press out the scallop edge so it lies on the pieced border

You're done!  Great job!!!  Quilt as desired and bind.  Cut your binding 2 1/4"
Option B
Table topper 12" x 36"

1 green fat quarter for shamrocks
1/4 yard green binding
1/2 yard cream background
1/2 yard back
5" x 7" piece of Steam-a-Seam for stem

Cutting
Cut nine 4 1/2" green squares for shamrocks

Cut one cream 1 1/2" strip.  Cut this into 27 - 1 1/2" squares
Cut three cream 2 1/2" x 42" strips
strip one cut:  two 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips
strip two cut: one 2 1/2" x 36 1/2"
strip three cut: one 2 1/2" x 36 1/2"
Cut one 4 1/2" x 42" cream strip, from this strip,
cut two 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" and three 4 1/2" squares

With a ruler, draw a pencil line on the wrong side of the cream 1 1/2" background squares.
Place three 1 1/2" background squares in the three corners of the green 4 1/2" square,
right sides together. Sew on the pencil line.

Trim seam to 1/4"

Press background pieces open. This makes your shamrock leaf.
Repeat until you have 9 shamrock leaves. 

Take 3 shamrock leaves and one 4 1/2" cream background square and lay them out as shown.

Sew together as shown. 

To applique the stem, use the stem template and follow manufactures directions on tracing and fusing the stem in place.  Machine blanket stitch or zig zag around the entire stem.

Sew the middle seam. Press.
Your first shamrock is done for this table topper.  Only two more to go.   
 Now repeat these steps until you have three shamrock blocks.

Once you have all three shamrocks done, lay out your table topper like this.
The 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" go  on each end, side borders.
The two 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" cream rectangles go in the middles
The 2 1/2" x 36 1/2" cream strips are the top and bottom border

Sew the shamrocks section together as shown.

Sew on the top and bottom borders.   You're done!!
Quilt as desired and bind. 


30" x 30" and 12" x 36" Luck of the Irish Table Toppers.

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19 comments:

piece peace said...

I love it! Thank you so much for posting such a great tutorial!

Suzanne said...

Super tutorial! Thanks for walking me through the construction and for sharing about the scallop ruler.

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

What a pretty project! Nice for the holiday without being over the top. Love the idea of using the scallop ruller like this!
~Kimberlee

VickiT said...

Beautiful table runner/topper. Wonderful tutorial as well. Thank you very much.

Amy said...

Love it! So cute, great tutorial.

Nicole said...

Love this! What a great tutorial, Thanks!

Pauline said...

Love this too!

2MuchFun said...

I think this is fabulous. I'm going to have to make the table topper.

~Diana said...

I love this site! So much wonderful inspiration and I really appreciate that you share recipes!

Judy1522 said...

Both versions are beautiful, thank you for the great tutorial

Patricia said...

Love the table topper - but I can't find the stem template! Can someone tell me where it is or tell me the size to cut out so it is in proportion.

traceyjay said...

this is so cute!

Sandra said...

cute very creative nice color love it.

Sandra from webdesign Philippines

Kreasi dari Bunda said...

very goo idea

Lily said...

So cute, Love it!

corner kitchen table

SewySu said...

These are so clever and fun! love the colors and the designs.... YOU have too much fun! Thanks for sharing and making it easy!

marcyh said...

Patricia,

If you click on the printer friendly version the stem template is there :-)

Patty j said...

Oh my Goodness... I got it done!!!!!
My birthday is my 77th birthday and I wanted it to use for my luncheon....
Love it...Thank you
Patricia H
BC Canada

Patty j said...

I meant to say my birthday is March 17 and I am so glad that I got this done for my luncheon.
I did not preview the last one ...gg must be my age
Patricia H