Friday, February 6, 2015

Sweetheart Table Topper Tutorial

I have a fun, little project for you today that will sweeten up your decor, the Sweetheart Table Topper. This is an updated version of a similar pattern that was featured in Gen Q Magazine a few years ago. You can check out the original version of this project here.

My mini quilts inspired me to shrink this project to table topper size and I thought it would look so sweet in French Lessons by Jack and Lulu for Dear Stella. You can also find this project on the Dear Stella blog today.

Sweetheart Table Topper - 20" x 23”
1. Table Topper designed, pieced & quilted by Julie Herman 
2. Aurifil 50wt thread used for piecing & quilting. 
3. Batting is Warm Blend from The Warm Company. 


9 Fat Eighths or scraps for hearts - I used French Lessons by Jack & Lulu for Dear Stella
1 Fat Eighth of Background Fabric 
1 Fat Quarter for Binding 
2/3 Yard for Backing
Batting - At least 24" x 26"

You can check out the video tutorial on how to use the Hex N More ruler here.

Pro Tip - If you want to fussy cut a striped fabric so that the stripes will match in the middle of the heart, it is best to cut one jewel and then lay it on the fabric strip, right sides together, as shown below. Align the stripes of the cut jewel to the stripes of the fabric strip so that you can cut a mirror image with the 2nd jewel.

I did decide to piece my backing so that I could have my label sewn in.

This table topper works great to display a cake plate... now I just need the cake!!

It also works well to hold a bunch of candles.

When you make your Sweetheart quilt table topper, be sure to share it online with #SweetheartQuilt so we can all share in the fun!


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No part of this tutorial or pattern may be reproduced without written consent of Jaybird Quilts. Items from this pattern may not be produced for commercial resale. 
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I'm teaching at Quilter's Affair this summer

This summer is the 40th Anniversary of the Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show and I'm looking forward to teaching classes all week long for Quilter's Affair, which leads up to the weekend of the quilt show. This will be my third year there and I'm excited for the classes I'll be teaching:

Monday July 6 - Rock Candy - you could finish this project in the class:

Tuesday July 7- Night Sky (Sold Out). This is a selfie of me before my Night Sky class kicked off last July:

Me and a few students from class with their blocks:

Me and Angela Walters of

I'm showing off how the blocks are made and my finished quilt to Ken Kaufman of Robert Kaufman Fabrics:

Student blocks from the class:

Wednesday July 8- Park Bench (day 1) - the first time I'm teaching one of my BOM designs in a class
Thursday July 9 - Park Bench (day 2)

Friday July 10 - Stereo - the first time I'm teaching my Super Sidekick ruler

Online registration is open now. Be sure to book soon if you see a class you might want to take with me (or anyone else, but you should still take a class with me!).

The quilt show will be on Saturday, July 11, and I'll have a few special quilts featured there, too.

Have you ever taken a quilting vacation? Where to or which quilting event would you like to attend one day? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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