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Falling Leaves Table Topper

Falling Leaves Table Topper - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHello, my name is Katie and I blog over at ChooChoo Skadoo Quilts. Come by for a visit and you will find quilts, crafts, tutorials, recipes, fun giveaways and sew much more. I am so excited to be here with The Ribbon Retreat.

A little about me. I am married to my best friend, James,  who enables my crafting and sewing. And a mom to 2 little rascals and a brand new baby. Jack (6), Easton (3) and our first little girl, Hailey, who is only a month old.  I spend my spare time sewing and crafting. That is when I have spare time. LOL.

I am a huge fan of the holidays, and I love decorating for them.
Today I am going to share with you a super easy fall table topper that you could also use as a wall hanging. 

MATERIALS NEEDED:
4 Fall themed printed fat quarters (leaves)
1/2 yard cream (sashing)
1/4 yard inner border
1/2 yard fall print (border)
1/4 yard binding
1 fat quarter for applique words
1 yard backing
1 yard binding

I used the Posh Pumpkin line for my fall prints. And for my background I used Riley Blake Shades.

*All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated. Right sides together will be shown as RST.*

Lets get started!
First you will cut from each leaf or printed fat quarter:
     3 squares at 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″
     2 squares at 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″
     1 piece at 1″ by 5″
From the cream (background) you will cut:
     4 squares at 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″
    12 squares at 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″

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For each leaf block you should have:
     2 squares at 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ of the print fabric
     3 squares at 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ of the print fabric
     1 piece at 1″ by 5″ of the print fabric
     3 squares at 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ of the cream fabric
     1 square at 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ of the cream fabric    

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We need to make 4 half square triangles per block. To do this take your 2 cream squares that are 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ and draw a line on the diagonal from corner to corner on the WRONG side of your fabric. I used a marking pen to do this.

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Take one print 4 1/2″ square and one cream with the drawn on line and lay on top of each RST.

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Sew a line a 1/4″ away from the line on both sides of the drawn line.

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Cut on the drawn line.

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Square up your quarter square triangle block to 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″.

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Press all 4 blocks open. Press towards the print.

Now to make the stem block.

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Cut your 4 1/2″ cream block in half on the diaganol.

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Place the 1″ by 5″ piece on top of one cream triangle RST. Sew down the long side with a 1/4″ seam.
Press to print.

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Repeat with the other side.

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Lay blocks out to form a leaf. Sew together in rows and then sew your rows together. Repeat to make 4 leaf blocks.

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Finished block should measure 9 1/2″ by 9 1/2″ squares.

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Sashing and Inner Borders:
From your cream fabric cut –
2 strips at 1 1/2″ by 9 1/2″
3 Strips at 1 1/2″ by 19 1/2″
2 strips at 1 1/2″ by 21 1/2″

Lay your blocks out how you want them to go.
Sew one of the 1 1/2″ by 9 1/2″ strips to one side of one of your leaf blocks.
Then sew another leaf block to the other side of your cream strip.

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Repeat with your last 2 leaf blocks.

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Sew a 1 1/2″ by 19 1/2″ strip to the bottom of one of your leaf sets.

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Connect the other set of the blocks to the long strip.

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Sew the last two 1 1/2″ by 19 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of your quilt block.

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Then sew your 1 1/2″ by 21 1/2″ strips to the sides of the quilt block.

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From your inner border cut 2 strips at 1 1/2″ by 21 1/2″ and sew to the 2 sides.
Then cut 2 strips at 1 1/2″ by 23 1/2″ and sew to the other 2 sides.

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From border fabric cut 2 strips at 3 1/2″ by 23 1/2″ and sew to 2 of the sides.

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Cut 2 more strips at 3 1/2″ by 29 1/2″ and sew to the other 2 sides.

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 Baste and quilt as desired.

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From your binding fabric cut 4 strips at 2 1/4″ and connect them together on the bias. Attach binding using your favorite binding technique.

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And now you have a festive fall table topper that is the perfect accent for your fall table!


Thank you Katie! We are so excited to have you as one of our FABulous Contributors! This table topper screams fall and is gorgeous and rich. I love the colors of the FABulous Posh Pumpkins fabric line, and I LOVE how the fabric looks in this festive table topper! This project would also look amazing hanging on the wall with a gorgeous garland or next to other festive fall decor. Thank you again Katie…and for more beeeeautiful quilt tutorials and projects by Katie, visit her at ChooChoo Skadoo Quilts. You will love them!

The Ribbon Retreat has so many gorgeous fabric lines that would look fantastic in this table topper and all of your fall and holiday projects! Do you have all of your projects completed for fall and Thanksgiving? What have you been busy creating? I would love for you to share them with me. Send me an email with a picture of your project(s), and you could be featured on our “FAB Creations By You!” Send your pictures to michelle@theribbonretreat.com.

Have you visited our Facebook page today? We have the funnest giveaway going on right now. All you have to do is leave us a comment and tell us what your favorite thing about Halloween is…AND you will be entered to win one of two $25.00 gift certificates. Good luck! AND, as always…

Happy Creating & Happy Quilting!
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4 Comments

  1. Janice Caplin
    Posted October 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    How do you get the time Katie. your falling leaves table topper is lovely
    Janice Western Australia

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Hi Janice! Thank you for your comment and compliment! Katie is so talented isn’t she! Thank you Janice! Michelle 🙂

  2. Wanda
    Posted September 6, 2015 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    This is so pretty.
    You didn’t mention sewing on the backing prior to the binding and failed to mention the finished size. What is the finished size?
    You mentioned 1/4 yard binding and also 1 yard binding. I don’t understand. Thank you for providing further information.
    Wanda

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 21, 2015 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      Hi Wanda! Thank you so much for your question. Katie is so glad you love this fun Fall Table Topper. In regards to your questions, she says the finished size is approximately 36×36. For the binding you will need 1/4 yard and for the back of the topper, you will need 1 yard. Sorry for the confusion! Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

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