Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Handmade Holiday Happiness {a tutorial}

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I can't look at those Santa-gnomes and not smile.  I pieced this table topper the other day, quilted it on Sunday and bound it yesterday.  An easy project!


I backed it with Paula Prass' Woodland Delight... 


And bound it with some Bliss...

The pattern is the disappearing 9 patch which is by no means an original of mine but I thought I'd show you how to make a quick table topper like this.  All you need is 36 6" squares and basic quilting/sewing notions.


 Lay out your squares how you prefer.  The center square will end up being the smallest square once the block is finished.  Balancing the colors is important here...


Stitch the squares into rows and then each row together to make a traditional 9 patch block


With a ruler find the center of your block and then cut it in half.


You now have two rectangular blocks...


Stack the rectangles on top of each other with seams matching and cut them in half again.


You now have 4 blocks from one 9 patch block.  See why this is a fast project? :) 


 Arrange the new blocks in a pattern that you like {there is no right or wrong way here, just try to balance your colors}


Repeat this process 3 more times to get a total of 16 disappearing 9 patch blocks.  Sew the blocks together in a 4 x 4 layout to make a 30" square table topper.

Quilt, bind, and enjoy... or give!

22 comments:

Cheryl said...

Thanks, I have heard the term and now I know what it means. Cute quilt. Love the binding!

AMKreations said...

That is so pretty! I wish I had more time or more me! =) I need to favorite this and come back to it!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Really festive!! Thanks for showing how to make that block, it looks nice and easy, but has a good quick impact. I think I am going to work one of these up for my MIL.

Elizabeth D. said...

Love this, it's so pretty! Now I feel like I have a use for my leftover holiday scraps. Thanks for sharing :)

LT said...

I love the idea, especially as a beginning quilter. So here's one question. Since you're cutting in half a seam that you've made, how do you sew it such that the seam doesn't unravel once you've cut it in two?

Leslie said...

i love it...that fabric i so cute

Carla said...

I am just getting ready to make my first ever disappearing 9 patch quilt. Great minds think alike, i guess. This is great little tutorial, Jennifer. Thanks!

A Girl said...

Santa-gnomes Rock! Thanks for sharing!

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

So I'm officially addicted to quilting since starting the quilt along...and this is so cute and fun! Love any kind of gnomes, especially the Santa kind!

Terriaw said...

Santa gnomes? How adorable is that! I might have to look for those. This is really a great project. I love using charm squares for disappearing 9-patch blocks, since it's so easy to whip together.

Elsa said...

lovely tutorial. I'm always amazed with what you can do with a block by cutting it up! thanks so much.

QuiltyGirl said...

Oh, I love Holiday Happy! I won a fq pack and I'm sad that I won't have time to make my Christmas quilt this year. Maybe that will be my first project after the holidays!

Disappearing 9-patch worked great with these prints!

Diane said...

Super cute! Love that fabric... hope to get soem post holiday sale time for next year.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love it! This could be my very next project. :) blessings, marlene

Susan said...

Love the Happy Holiday fabric from Happy Zombie! Thanks for the tutorial.

Thimbleanna said...

It's beautiful -- a perfect patterns for Monica's fabric!

felicity said...

What a gorgeous project, Jennifer! Love it!

John'aLee said...

What a cute quilt! Great tutorial too!

VickiT said...

This is such an adorable quilted table topper. THANK YOU SO MUCH! This time of the month/year is great for quick projects and this appears to be one of those. I am SO far behind this year because of two hand surgeries last month on my dominant hand. I am hoping to play catch up so we'll see how things go because it's coming down to the wire for me since things need to be mailed and that makes my time even shorter obviously for Christmas gifts. Can you read the panic in my post? LOL ACK! I'm just now getting to a point which will allow me to get back to sewing with my hand.

Thank you again. Super cute.
vburr at charter dot net

Kate said...

Ahhh, I never realised it was that easy! Now I know why they call it that. Thanks for that little tute, I might actually try this pattern on a little quilt some time.

Quiltstory said...

Seriously! YOu get tons of stuff done. Thanks for the tutorial. I just made a disappearing 9 patch runner myself (to be debuted once my sister gets it) Thanks for linking up to Quiltstory!

Madame Samm said...

Hi dear heart..this is just festive with a capital A...You certainly know how to create spirit..your whole blog shouts this out...love your new banner too...keep stitching, I will keep cheering...

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