Friday, March 2, 2012

An Easter Table Topper - Part 2

If you are following along with the Easter Table Topper, here are the next steps... (The first steps can be found here.)

Choose 3/4 yard of a background fabric that complements, but doesn't overpower, your pieced charm pack.  Something that reads as a solid is a good choice.  Cut background fabric into 2 (10'') strips.  Using this template, cut 16 (sorry - not 20 - I misspoke last week) wedges from the strips (or 32 if you are making two Table Toppers).   If you happen to own the 22.5 degree wedge Nifty Notions Cut for the Cure ruler, you can use that too.  Simply line up your fabric on the 3'' and 13'' lines when you cut.  (These are kind of "chunky" Dresden Wedges.)



Now cut out the Dresden shape from this other template and place it on top of your wedges.  (Save the egg with the tiny slash marks in the margin for the next step.)  Trace the curved shape on the top of wedge onto the fabric.  Cut along your traced lines.  This will give you a lovely scalloped border on your finished piece. 





Trace the egg (inluding the little slash marks) 20 times onto paper-backed fusible web.  Cut out excess fusible roughly around the egg shape.  Cut excess fusible from inside the eggs as well so your finished piece won't be stiff.


Fuse these pieces to the back or pieced charm squares, lining up slash marks with seam lines.  Cut out. Fuse eggs onto Dresden wedges, using the template with for placement.  (I could see right through my background fabric, but if you can't, just lightly press the wedge in half vertically and mark a tiny mark on the fold with a disappearing pen about 1-5/8'' from the curved edge to indicate the bottom of each egg and ensure uniform placement.)


Repeat to add an egg to all your Dresden Wedges.

Next week we'll add some of the much-neglected decorative stitches on our machines to decorate our eggs!

Happy sewing!
Amanda

4 Comments:

At March 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM , Blogger Rosa said...

This looks very cute!

 
At March 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Snoodles said...

Whoo hooo! Thanks for the next installment...got my pieced charms done today! :)
This is such fun!

 
At March 7, 2012 at 6:45 AM , Blogger Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Oh my goodness Amanda, I just found your blog and I love it. I am your newest follower! It's so nice to meet you!
Julie

 
At April 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM , Anonymous Diane said...

Amanda,
A friend clued me into this adorable table topper. I am so excited to start working on it. Maybe I can have it done for next Easter since today is Easter and alas time has run out. I did not see the pattern for the bunny in the center and was told I need to get that from you. Would you please send it to tdianecone@aol.com.
Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Diane

 

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If you are following along with the Easter Table Topper, here are the next steps... (The first steps can be found here.)

Choose 3/4 yard of a background fabric that complements, but doesn't overpower, your pieced charm pack.  Something that reads as a solid is a good choice.  Cut background fabric into 2 (10'') strips.  Using this template, cut 16 (sorry - not 20 - I misspoke last week) wedges from the strips (or 32 if you are making two Table Toppers).   If you happen to own the 22.5 degree wedge Nifty Notions Cut for the Cure ruler, you can use that too.  Simply line up your fabric on the 3'' and 13'' lines when you cut.  (These are kind of "chunky" Dresden Wedges.)



Now cut out the Dresden shape from this other template and place it on top of your wedges.  (Save the egg with the tiny slash marks in the margin for the next step.)  Trace the curved shape on the top of wedge onto the fabric.  Cut along your traced lines.  This will give you a lovely scalloped border on your finished piece. 





Trace the egg (inluding the little slash marks) 20 times onto paper-backed fusible web.  Cut out excess fusible roughly around the egg shape.  Cut excess fusible from inside the eggs as well so your finished piece won't be stiff.


Fuse these pieces to the back or pieced charm squares, lining up slash marks with seam lines.  Cut out. Fuse eggs onto Dresden wedges, using the template with for placement.  (I could see right through my background fabric, but if you can't, just lightly press the wedge in half vertically and mark a tiny mark on the fold with a disappearing pen about 1-5/8'' from the curved edge to indicate the bottom of each egg and ensure uniform placement.)


Repeat to add an egg to all your Dresden Wedges.

Next week we'll add some of the much-neglected decorative stitches on our machines to decorate our eggs!

Happy sewing!
Amanda
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