Harvest Table Topper
Inspired by "Feels Like Fall" from designer Avis Shirer of Joined at the Hip
Quiltmaker: Laura Boehnke
- 1/2 yard tan floral (Flying Geese units)
- 1/2 yard total assorted medium to dark prints in purple, rust, brown, gold, and black (Flying Geese units)
- 1/2 yard red-and-gold plaid (blocks)
- Scrap of black print (blocks)
- 5/8 yard black cornucopia print (setting squares, outer border corners)
- 1/4 yard burgundy print (inner border)
- 1 yard harvest-theme border print (outer border)
- 1/2 yard solid black (binding)
- 2-7/8 yards backing fabric
- 51" square batting
Finished quilt: 44-1/2" square
Finished block: 10" square
Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Cut pieces in the following order. If the harvest-theme border print fabric is like the featured fabric (where the design runs along the length of the fabric, parallel to the selvages), cut outer border strips lengthwise.
From tan floral, cut:
- 200--1-1/2" squares
From assorted medium to dark plaids, cut:
- 100--1-1/2x2-1/2" rectangles
- 10--2-3/8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 20 triangles total
From red-and-gold plaid, cut:
- 5--8-3/8" squares, cutting each diagonally twice in an X for 20 large triangles total
From black print, cut:
- 5--2-1/2" squares
From black cornucopia print, cut:
- 4--10-1/2" setting squares 4--6-1/2" squares
From burgundy print, cut:
- 2--1-1/2x32-1/2" inner border strips
- 2--1-1/2x30-1/2" inner border strips
From harvest-theme border print, cut:
- 4--6-1/2x32-1/2" outer border strips
From solid black, cut:
- 5--2-1/2x42" binding strips
Assemble Flying Geese Units
1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each tan floral 1-1/2" square.
2. Align a marked tan floral square with a short edge of a medium or dark print 1-1/2x2-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line, then trim excess, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press triangle open, pressing seam toward tan floral.
3. In same manner, align a second marked tan floral square with other short edge of same rectangle (Diagram 1; again note direction of drawn line). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 1-1/2x2-1/2" including seam allowances.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 100 Flying Geese units total.
1. Referring to Diagram 2, sew together five Flying Geese units to make a Flying Geese row. Press seams in one direction. The row should be 2-1/2x5-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 Flying Geese rows total.
2. Referring to Diagram 3, lay out four Flying Geese rows, four red-and-gold plaid large triangles, one black print 2-1/2" square, and four assorted medium or dark print triangles in diagonal rows. Sew together pieces in each row; press seams away from Flying Geese rows.
3. Join rows to make a Wild Goose Chase block. Press seams in one direction. The block should be 10-1/2" square including seam allowances.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make five Wild Goose Chase blocks total.
Assemble Quilt Center
1. Referring to photo, lay out Wild Goose Chase blocks and black cornucopia print setting squares in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward setting squares.
2. Join rows to make quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 30-1/2" square including seam allowances.
1. Sew short inner border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border.
2. Sew outer border strips to opposite edges of quilt center; press seams toward outer border.
3. Add a black cornucopia print 6-1/2" square to each end of remaining outer border strips to make two outer border units. Press seams toward outer border strips. Sew outer border units to remaining edges of quilt center to complete quilt top. Press seams toward outer border.
1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.
2. Bind with solid black binding strips.