Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wicked Blog Hop Halloween Table Topper



It's Terrifying Thursday!!!!

Welcome to Day 4 of the Wicked Blog Hop!!!!!


Thanks to Madame Samm over at Sew We Quilt for sponsoring this wicked blog hop and to Wendy at Why Not Kwilt  for being our wicked cheerleader for this hop.

Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to make a Dresden plate block from either a jelly roll (or any 2 1/2" inch strips) or charm squares and then turn that block into a cute quilt-as-you-go Wicked Halloween Table Topper.  








Begin by cutting your fabric into 2 1/2" strips.




Put your Easy Dresden ruler on the strip with the 5" line at the top.  Trim.



If you are making your Dresden block from a charm pack just cut your square in half and place the ruler on just the same as in the above photo.






I chain pieced all of my pieces at one time.



Use a point trimmer to turn and form the point of the piece.



Press and then sew them together to form a circle.




Choose a scary piece to cut the circle for the center.




I hand appliqued' my block and center onto the backing fabric, but you may use whatever method you prefer, i.e. machine stitching or fusing.



Next I used a hexagon template that I had to make the center block for the table topper.  I used a piece of freezer paper and traced around my template then measured out an equal distance on each side until it was large enough to cover the Dresden block with ample seam allowance.

Iron the hexagon freezer paper piece onto the block and trim around the edges.



Now make a quilt sandwich:  backing right side down, batting, block on top face up.  I fastened this together with a few pins.



Now take a few of those leftover 2 1/2" strips and cut them in half to make a nice pile of 1 1/4" strips.  


Place one of the 1 1/4" strips face down on one edge of the block.  Sew and finger press back.  Add another strip and continue around the block.  Be sure to overlap the pieces.


Keep adding strips to make your Wicked Halloween Table Topper as large as you want.

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Add a border and binding and your topper is ready!





I love decorating for Halloween and fall.  This is the front of my house decorated for Halloween.  I just finished making this easy lighted ghost, and I always have orange lights on the bushes for Halloween.





Thanks for coming by today for some wicked fun.  As a thank you I am giving away this fall charm pack of Give Thanks fabric by Deb Strain for Moda.  Just leave a comment.





I've really been enjoying this Wicked Blog Hop and hope you have, too.

Please stop by and visit all of the other Wicked Bloggers in the hop today.

Sew we quilt



hallowen

Thanks for visiting!

158 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What fun - love the quilt as you go addition of borders, but wow - great fabric choice for the binding - really framed it beautifully!

Janet O. said...

That is such a fun topper, LuAnn. Very clever and festive!

Gina said...

I love your table topper, you made it look so easy! Thanks for the tut! Also thanks for inspiring me & for your generous giveaway! I'm following!

louzee said...

Beautiful Tabletopper! And thanks for the Tutorial! I never sew a Dresden block before.

Theresa said...

I like you Dresden topper. I always wanted to give that one a try. So many patterns, so little time.

Judith said...

Wicked table topper. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Judith, Texas

Sunshine Girl said...

Wow what a great block and thank you so much for doing a tutorial for it too. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy MacKie said...

Such a fun way to do a Halloween project, well done and thanks for the giveaway.

Theresa said...

I love your Dresden and thanks for the great tutorial. That little ghost in the garden looks very realistic!

Britt-Inger said...

Thank for a great tutorial of your lovely Dresden table topper. I love it and for a great give away
Britt-Inger i Sweden

Nati said...

Really cute! thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

Heleen Groot said...

THank you for the tutorial. I might even try that myself. The block turned out amazing! I love your ghost, especially with those lights behind it!

Cattinka said...

That table topper is really nice, thanks for sharing!
KATRIN W.

charlotte said...

Very cute. I never would've though dresden with Halloween Works very nicely, thanks.

Raewyn said...

What a neat table topper - love it, and thank you for sharing its making...I'll be sure to make it one day!

Marla's Crafts said...

Nice block and nice pictures. Thanks for having a give away.

robin said...

really fun dresdan! thanks!

Sue said...

That sure is a great block! I love how you finished it off. Thank you so much for sharing with us and for your wonderful giveaway!

Debby said...

LuAnn. That is a wonderful way to combine the Dresden Plate pattern with those jelly roll strips. Clever and creative and to finish up with 1-1/2" strips for the outer part of that hexagon - well, what can I say. You combine BOTH of my favorite, go-to patch shapes (hexagon, dresdens). I love it! And your step by step pics are very PERFECT! Thanks for sharing. Debby from VA.

Fiesta said...

This project is so wonderful and so inspiring. Very wicked. Thank you so much for sharing today. off to look for my dresden ruler!

Rosa said...

Your wicked topper is awesome.Thanks for the tutorial!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Love those Dresdens!!! This one is so fun.

Lisa Marie said...

Your table topper is wonderful! I've only done a dresden once but this makes me want to do a table topper like yours. Or maybe a Christmas one.

JoyceLM said...

Your tabletopper is gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway.

Thearica said...

I have always loved the Dresdan and yours is fantastic!

Laura VanVleet said...

Beautiful project!

Lesley said...

Wonderful block and excellent tutorial! Your Dresden plate is so pretty with those fabrics. Thanks for the chance!

Jeanie said...

Lovely block and instructions too! Thanks for the giveaway!

Fignie said...

Loooooove your table topper!!! The borders look friggen awesome!!

Madame Samm said...

Hi LuAnnnnnnnn oh wow...you have me sew excited to tackle dresdens....in the new year we will be having a blog hop for just dresdens...this is superb

StitchinByTheLake said...

This is simply gorgeous! The combination of fabrics and colors is perfect and the directions were perfect. Thank you so much! blessings, marlene

krislovesfabric said...

Your project is wicked beautiful...thanks for sharing!

KatheG said...

Your block is sew cute and one I can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing and showing how easy it can be.

Charlene S said...

Wonderful block! Perfect for Halloween.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

great tutorial,...love the wicked dresden...thanks for the giveaway

InGa said...

Lovely, sorry I mean wicked table topper. Thanks for sharing the totorial, and I would love be a part of the give away.
Have a wicked week. ;-)
Regards from Ingrid i Sweden
PS: your top foto i marvelous.

Teresa said...

I love the way you have used your Dresden ruler and finished the whole thing off.

pinsandneedles said...

Wildly wicked fun! Thanks for the dresden mini quilt tutorial. Love your lighted ghost...so spooky! Thanks for sharing!

Barb N said...

What a neat topper! Thanks for the tutorial. I don't have time to make one now, but I always enjoy reading through the process and and store those idea in my head for another day. Happy Halloween!

Just Carol said...

I love your Dresden! It would go so wickedly perfect with my Dresden turkey. Love it!

Kathy Gordon said...

WOW I so appreciate the tute...your work is great and a fun blog. Thanks for sharing..Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures blog.

Ellen said...

I love it! Thanks for the wicked tutorial. I might adapt this to make a tree skirt for Christmas, since I love Dresdens.

Sheila said...

Wonderful topper , I would love to give this a try ,thanks for the tutorial!

Renea said...

Your table topper is one of my favorites so far from this blog hop. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway.

Emily C said...

I am enjoying the blog hop also. Love your stop on the hop. Awesome pumpkin dresden.

Jill said...

Never would have thought of a Halloween Dresden plate. Great idea!

Chantal said...

Hello! What a great tutorial! Thank you so much. I also love the lighted ghost in your front yard!

Heather said...

Great tutorial. I may have to get busy and make one of these for my kitchen island!

Kathie said...

love this one too
wow your really getting a lot of quilts made for the fall, good for you
my favorite time of the year too!
I need to make a few more, a lot more to catch up to you!
Kathie

Gill said...

I love your dresden! and what a great idea to use a hexagon for the centre instead of a circle!
Thanks for sharing!!

regan said...

This table topper is so darned cute! And now I'm thinking about making one in every holiday theme. Christmas, Easter, St. Paddy's, Valentines.....it's so perfect, and scrappy! I love it! Thanks so much for the great tutorial, too! You're awesome!

Karen said...

Cute table topper. I love that fabric by Deb Strain.

Abbigail said...

I want to say I'm sorry you lost your lttle cat. It has to be hard.
I love the dresden plate table topper. Good ideas on how to do it! I'm a new follower too!
hulseybg@gmail.com

Diane H said...

Thank you for such a helpful tutorial and a great topper. Fabulous pattern.

Kathy H said...

Love your dresden mat. ANd thanks for showing how you made it. I have wanted to make some kind of dresden block for a while and I have the ruler too but wasn't sure how to use it. I think I am ready to try it now. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

What a beautiful little Dresden plate block! Your tutorial is great! Thank you!

Sandy D said...

I like your table topper very much. Thanks for the tutorial I plan on saving and making it,

bethstrand said...

Lovely topper! Thanks for hosting! pbstrand@msn.com

patchouli moon studio said...

I like making Dresden Plates, but this is the first time I have seen one in Halloween fabrics. Your Dresden is wonderful with all those great prints and I like how you fussy cut the center circle too.

Mary said...

I love your table topper. It is wonderful. Thank you for the great idea and the how to!

Bonnie58 said...

Gorgeously table topper. I am a sucker for Dresden's. Thanks for an opportunity on a great draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Sallie said...

What wicked blocks you have! Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in the Wicked hop!

JanesQuilting said...

Your table topper is sooo cute, I really like it. I also enjoyed reading your tutorial, perfectly written.

Quilter Kathy said...

Your tutorial makes it sound easy, but it is so adorable I can't resist. Must look for that ruler!

Nellie Duclos said...

LuAnn-thanks for the tutorial. This project is perfect for a friend of mine-I adore it. I appreciate your hard work and making it easy to "print" or "PDF" I am very grateful for your generosity.

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!!! Love it!!! Great tutorial!!! Very wicked!!! Thank You!!!

Patty said...

I REALLY like your topper. Now I know what and how to use my large hex. Thanks

BizyStitches said...

That is a fun table topper. Thanks for showing us the pictures on how to make it. Love this hop I'm getting sew many ideas.

Staci said...

LuAnn this is just darling! Yay for Halloween!

Lisa Mikel said...

Very cute table topper! Thanks for the tutorial. I have some Halloween fabric in my stash that is starting to call my name now lol. Thanks for the chance to win also. Lisa Mikel

Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters said...

Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mommarock said...

I'm loving this. I'm trying to understand though are all of the strips surrounding the hexagon folded in half and sort of open flaps??

Gayle said...

LOVE that centerpiece! Great fabrics and a clever design!

Judy B said...

Truly a great Halloween table topper! Thank you for the tutorial and fantastic giveaway.
jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Stephanie Farinelli said...

What a cute table topper!
I love Halloween, too!

Shirley said...

I just love your table topper. Each year I collect more and more Halloween fabric.

lefuntz said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I was never a fan (pun intended) of the traditional dresden but having discovered so many creative ways it can be used I recently purchased a template. I think your table topper just moved to the top of the list to try it out!

Pat from Florida said...

Well, just how cleaver is that, making a dresden turn hexagonal? Love the idea. I have tons of Christmas fabric, and just may have to make a few of these for gifts. Thanks for the tut.

Laura said...

Such cute decorations and your tutorial is GREAT. Thanks for sharing.

Vivian said...

like the pumpkin in the middle of your dresden plate. Very cute. Thanks. Vivian

edyB said...

Awww~what a cutie! Wonderful fabric choices!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

I just love your dresden plate table topper...so pretty..and your ghost is way cute!!! Thanks for the tutorial and for the sweet giveaway!

Susie Johnson said...

I just love that log cabin effect!

Pamela said...

Your project is Wickedly Awesome!

Diana said...

I love your wicked dresden block - it is delightfully wicked and thank you for sharing!

Mrs.Pickles said...

wicked work thanks for sharing!

Maria Kievit said...

Those are awesome colours for your mat! Nice bright oranges with the black, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

gpc said...

How beautiful! I would never have thought to use halloween fabric for the dresden but I LOVE it!

Nini said...

Wonderful table topper! I love it!!
Greetings from Germany
Nicole

piece peace said...

Your Halloween Dresden is very festive. Thank you for sharing.

Julie in WA said...

Thank you for a great tutorial. I think I will make some Christmas toppers for friends...this is perfect!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I am so in love with you topper. It is just wonderful. I so need to try to make one too!

ytsmom said...

What a cute project! I love new uses for dresden plate!

Lyn said...

Thanks so much for the tute. I love the Dresden design. Thanks for being part of the hop.

Annette said...

Love the header you have here. Such a nice way to great the season.
nice little tut too on the dresden I still do not have that ruler.... maybe some shopping is in oreder.
thanks for sharing and having the give away too
in stitches

MoeWest said...

I love your Wicked Halloween table topper! It has it all, dresden, hexie and QAYG. Thanks for the tutorial and the inpiration. Your outdoor decorations look wickedly spooky too! Thanks for a chance in your giveaway.

Pauline said...

You made a wicked Dresden Plate, I love it! Great fabric, great design!
Thanks for sharing.

Rita said...

wow! love your quilt block -- there's just something so sweet and vintage about dresden plates. very nice!






Cyn ;-) said...

Darling little table topper. I am in love with the binding fabric. Wow.
Thanks for op to enter your drawing, and thanks for a nice tute.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
Wowie, this is very colorful and delightful! I love the process you shared. Thank you for sharing your creativity

Sherill said...

Thank you for the great tutorial! I need to make a topper!

Janet said...

Awesome!! I like the idea of using a jelly roll and quilt as you go is always a bonus. Great tutorial!!!

Nancy said...

I think your octagonal dresden plate project is so great. I really like making dresden plates, but never thought to applique it to another shape than a square or rectangle. I am going to my stash to try this.

SpartanBabe said...

Love the table topper! I just bought one of those rulers and can't wait for a chance to try it out!! Thanks for sharing :o)

Cheri said...

How cute and what good instructions you wrote. I like your new header pictures also. How creative you are. Your ghost out front of the house looks like a nice friendly ghost, I would love to come trick or treating to your house : )

QuilterKat said...

Cute table topper. Thanks for sharing how to make it.

Aurea said...

Thanks for the tut on the tap topper. It is gorgeous, so bright and colorful, well done.

barbara woods said...

love your table topper thanks

Marcia W. said...

Your table topper is wickedly cute. I like the effect of the binding. Thanks for sharing the instructions and the giveaway.

bets said...

I really like how you kept adding borders around your little quilt....think I will try it! Nice giveaway tooo..thanks!

thepiececorps said...

Wicked fun! B-)

sew.darn.quilt said...

Thank you for sharing your amazing block, it's spooktacular!
Thank you for the chance :)

Anita said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I love your finished block!

jmniffer said...

This project turned out super! It gets me thinking I NEED that ruler. Thanks for sharing.

LJ said...

Yes, the hop has been such fun! Your table topper is wonderful. Thank you so much for your wicked tut - your block and topper turned out sew darling.

Julie said...

I love it! I've never tried a dresden or a quilt as you go project and it looks so fun! Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

I adore Dresdens. It was one of my first projects and I have done several since. Yours is wickedly adorable!

Karen O said...

I love your project. It looks like something I would enjoy doing. I am not into Halloween much, so yours is a 'happy' way to have something in those colors.

Quilt n Queen said...

LuAnn, your Dresden table topper is adorable...luv the fussy cut center....oh and the striped border is perfect, great fabric choices. Great tutorial!! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your tutorial!

Val said...

I love your block. The Dresden plate is one of my favourites. Thanks for the tutorial. I would love to go in the draw for the give away.

Needled Mom said...

Very cute. I have always loved the Dresdan Plate pattern and this is great.

Kathy in GA said...

Thank you so much - I love love love this tutorial! Can't wait to dig out some Halloween fabrics and cut some strips, and Christmas as well!

Tracy said...

What a great tutorial! I found myself mentally going through my commitments to determine whether I can get this done before Hallowe'en. I decided that if I tried, *I* would need to be committed! ;-)

Mimi said...

I think that your creation is do-able for me!! I love it! Thanks for sharing in this wickedly fun blog hop!!

thethimbleroom said...

So pretty! I recently bought a Dresden ruler, but haven't had the nerve to try it out yet.

~Kris~ said...

Love your Dresden plate. You did a great job and your tutorial is well done. Thanks for sharing.

evelyn said...

I love your dresden-hexie! In different colours it would be a great pattern for any season. I have a hexie shaped coffee table that needs a new quilt. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rebecca said...

Great tutorial! I love the dresden trick. =]

♥Duff said...

I t was a real treat to visit you today! You certainly know how to make quilting dresdens look easy! YOur table topper is too sweet!

mary mahoo said...

What a great table topper, and super tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Michele said...

Love the table topper. I finally have a Dresden ruler and can't wait to try it out. Love your banner too. Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda said...

HI! SUCH A NEAT POST!
THANKS FOR SHARING!
COUNT ME IN YOUR ENTRIES!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Pat V. said...

What a fabulous block! Just too cute. I notice I have several of those same fabrics lying about my house...

rockgranny said...

Thanks for a great tutorial of your lovely Dresden table topper

Ariane said...

I love your Dresden table mat!!! It's gorgeous!! Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!!!

Anita said...

I love our dresden/hexie block! Thanks so much for the tutorial and giveaway :)

Carin said...

That halloween table topper is wickedly beautiful !!
Thanks for the great give away.

Katherine said...

It's perfect! Love the dresden made from those seasonal fabrics. You made such a gorgeous table topper! Thanks for sharing your beautiful project and the tutorial to show how to make our own.

Vesuviusmama said...

I need to do more quilt as you go. I have so many tops, but not many finishes, and working that way should help things along, right? Love the table topper. Dresdens are a favorite of mine.

Leah said...

I love dresden plates! Yours is stunning! Love it done in Halloween fabrics.

Sewgirl said...

Wow...what an great idea to make the tomato cage ghost...so simple, yet so effective and clever! Love the dresden quilt topper too. Very cute!

Sewgirl said...

Wow...what an great idea to make the tomato cage ghost...so simple, yet so effective and clever! Love the dresden quilt topper too. Very cute!

Janarama said...

Love your table topper and the choice of fabrics.

Rebeckah Austin said...

I very much like your topper.

Denise :) said...

LuAnn, oh my gosh -- this is one of the most clever pieces I've seen -- great, great job!! And thanks for sharing the process, too -- I'd really like to recreate one of these for myself! I particularly like the way your bordered it -- just fabulous!!! :)

Krista English said...

This does it...I need a Dresden ruler ASAP! Cute table topper!

Sharon K. Jack said...

this is a great project thanks for posting it will have to make one I have several holloween fabrics left from another project.

Sherry French said...

Great tutorial! Thanks!

badputts said...

Love this Halloween table topper! Thanks for sharing! It would be cute in Fall and Christmas pattern, too!! Would love to win the fabric! Thanks!
Betsy

Rochelle Marouski said...

What a great cute idea for Halloween! I will be trying this before the 31st! Thanks for such a great idea!

Joyce said...

Love the topper. My grandson says I don't have enough Halloween decorations so this would be a perfect addition to my lack of decorations!

Therese Ruff said...

Love your table topper! Thanks for sharing!

Louie said...

Love your tutorial and the fabric!

Pat in Tn. said...

What a darling topper. Thank you.

Vicki B said...

Love your table topper. I want to go start on one now.

Sandy Beach Sewing said...

I love this table topper. I'm going to make one for fall instead of Halloween.

Deb Peterson said...

I love decorating for the holidays. Working on Christmas Gifts now, but may have to take a break to make one!

Thank you for the tutorial and the give away.

HelenMarie said...

Love this table topper! Great idea for some antique dresden plates I have!

hm

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