Quilted Dinner Tablecloth
- Cotton fabrics: gold/yellow/orange prints (leaves), 8”x11”, 13; rust solid (including binding) 2-1/2 yds.; tan mottled print, 1-3/4 yds.; autumn print (borders) 1-1/8 yds.
- Flannel (backing), 65”x65”
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- Squaring ruler, 6-1/2”
scissors, pencil, rotary cutter, mat, ruler or measuring tape, cardstock scrap, iron and pressing surface, straight pins
- 1. WOF = width of fabric throughout.
- 1. From tan fabric, cut five 3-1/2”xWOF strips and one 3-1/2”x21” strip. Cut strips at 3-1/2” intervals to make total of sixty-one 3-1/2” squares. From tan fabric, cut five 3-7/8”xWOF strips. Cut at 3-7/8” intervals to make total of fifty 3-7/8” squares. From rust fabric, cut two 3-7/8”xWOF strips and one 3-7/8”x20” strip. Cut at 3-7/8” intervals to make twenty-four 3-7/8” squares. Cut one 3-1/2” square from excess portion of 20” strip. From rust fabric, cut one 3-1/2”xWOF strip. Cut at 3-1/2” intervals to make eleven 3-1/2” squares. (Note: You will need a total of twelve 3-1/2” squares. You can cut 11 from one full strip of fabric. Designer wrote instructions so she could cut twelfth square from end of 3-7/8” strip. This conserves fabric by avoiding cutting another strip for one 3-1/2” square.)
- 2. Use 24 tan and 24 rust 3-7/8” squares to make 48 half-square triangle units for background blocks. (Note: Directions for half-square triangle units created by layering two squares with right sides together are as follows. Draw diagonal line across back of lighter fabric with pencil and ruler. Sew 1/4” away from drawn line. Cut on drawn line. Press seams to darker side. See Figure 1. If necessary, use squaring ruler to ensure that squares measure correct size. Units should measure 3-1/2” square after sewing.) Set remaining 26 tan 3-7/8” squares aside for later use.
- 3. Arrange half-square triangle units, forty-eight 3-1/2” tan squares (reserve remaining 13 for later), and 3-1/2” rust squares as shown on inset photo. Sew block together to make rows, then sew rows together to complete block. Press seams toward darker fabrics.
- 4. Print out pattern. Cut stem from cardstock scrap. Use cardstock pattern to trace and cut out stems from fabric.
- 5. To make leaf blocks, cut three 3-1/2” squares, two 3-7/8” squares, and one stem from each piece of gold, yellow, or orange fabric. (Note: Cut an entire set from one fabric color/print.) Use 26 leaf and 26 tan 3-7/8” squares to make 52 half-square triangle units for leaf blocks. Cut one 3-1/8”xWOF strip from tan fabric. Cut strip at 3-1/8” intervals to make thirteen 3-1/8” squares. Cut each square in half once on diagonal to make 26 triangles. Sew one triangle to each side of leaf stems. See Figure 2. Press seams toward stem fabric.
- 6. Arrange half-square triangle units, 3-1/2” gold, yellow, and orange squares, 3-1/2” tan squares, and stem units as shown in Block Diagram. Sew together in rows, then sew rows together to form block.
- 7. Arrange leaf and background blocks as shown in inset photo. Sew together in rows, then sew rows together to make top.
- 8. Cut sixteen 1-1/2”xWOF strips and one 1-1/2”x14” strip from rust fabric. Sew strips together on short edges to make one long strip. Press seams open. Cut following pieces from long strip: border #1, two 45-1/2”x1-1/2” and two 47-1/2”x1-1/2”; border #3, two 53-1/2”x1-1/2” and two 55-1/2”x1-1/2”; border #5, two 61-1/2”x1-1/2” and two 63-1/2”x3-1/2”. Discard excess strip.
- 9. Cut ten 3-1/2”xWOF strips and one 3-1/2”x36” strip from autumn print. Sew strips together on short edges to make one long strip. Press seams open. Cut following pieces from long strip: border #2, two 47-1/2”x3-1/2” and two 53-1/2”x3-1/2”; border #4, two 55-1/2”x3-1/2” and two 61-1/2”x3-1/2”. Discard excess strip.
- 10. Sew borders to cloth as follows. For first border (rust), sew shorter border #1 strips to sides of top; press seams away from center. Sew longer border #1 strips to top and bottom edges; press seams away from center. Continue in same way for border #2 (print), border #3 (rust), border #4 (print), and border #5 (rust), first sewing shorter strips in set to sides, then sewing longer strips in set to top and bottom.
- 11. Layer top and flannel backing with wrong sides together. Pin layers together. Sew/quilt through both layers in open pattern to secure layers. Trim flannel even with top edges.
- 12. Cut six 2-1/2”xWOF strips and one 2-1/2”x22” strip from rust fabric. Sew strips together on short edges to make one long strip. Press seams open. Match raw edges, fold, and press strip to make binding strip 1-1/4”-wide. Match raw edge of binding to raw edge of top; sew together mitering binding at corners. Turn folded edge of binding to back of cloth. Hand or machine sew to secure.