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Happy Holidays

Whimsical holly appliqués and prairie points in an array of prints give this festive table topper seasonal cheer.

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Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces.
Designer Cyndi Walker uses a freezer-paper-and-starch method to prepare appliqué shapes for machine appliqué. Instructions that follow are for this technique.

1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over patterns. Trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions. Cut out freezer-paper shapes on drawn lines.

2. Using a hot dry iron, press freezer-paper shapes, shiny sides down, onto wrong sides of designated fabrics; let cool. Cut out each shape, adding a 3⁄16" seam allowance to all edges.

3. Spray a small amount of starch into a dish. Place a template-topped appliqué shape on a pressing surface covered with a tea towel or muslin. Dip a cotton swab in starch and moisten seam allowance of appliqué shape (Diagram 1).

4. Using the tip of a hot dry iron, turn seam allowance over edge of freezer-paper template and press until fabric is dry. Press entire seam allowance in the same manner, adding starch as necessary and ensuring fabric is pressed taut against template. Carefully peel off template.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to prepare all appliqué shapes.

From assorted red and pink prints, cut:
12 of Pattern A

From assorted green prints, cut:
8 of Pattern B

From remaining assorted red, pink, green, and aqua prints, cut:
32—3" squares for prairie points (Cyndi cut 16 sets of 2 squares, placing matching prairie points opposite each other in the finished quilt.)
36—1-1⁄2" squares

From cream tone-on-tone, cut:
2—4-1⁄2×26-1⁄2" outer border strips
2—4-1⁄2×18-1⁄2" outer border strips
2—1-1⁄2×18-1⁄2" inner border strips
2—1-1⁄2×16-1⁄2" inner border strips
4—2-1⁄2×3-1⁄2" rectangles
36—2-1⁄2" squares
8—1-1⁄2×2-1⁄2" rectangles
4—1-1⁄2" squares

From coral print No. 1, cut:
12—2-1⁄2×4-1⁄2" rectangles

From coral print No. 2, cut:
4—2-1⁄2×4-1⁄2" rectangles
4—3" squares for prairie points
4—2-1⁄2" squares

From pink paisley, cut:
3—2-1⁄2×42" binding strips