I made the Arkansas Crossroads quilt block just out of interest and then decided to make a few more of the blocks and sew them together to make this Christmas table topper. It is a lovely simple block and I made three of them in Christmas colours to make this table runner which is 12″ wide by 36″ long.
3.1/2″ squares: twelve green, twelve gold, twelve white
3.7/8″ squares: six each in both red and white
backing and wadding fabric: rectangle about 14″ by 38″ in each
binding: three 2.1/2″ strips of green cut across the width of fabric
Making each table topper quilt block
Make half square triangles with the red and white 3.7/8″ squares. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units which are 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. There are basically two each of two different four patch units – one with white squares and red/white half square triangles alternated and the other with green and gold squares alternated. These four units are then placed in alternate corners.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the block. Make three quilt blocks and sew them together in a row. Rotate the middle of the three blocks so that the white stripe forms a zigzag across the table topper.
Finishing the Christmas table topper
Layer the table topper by placing a 14″ by 38″ rectangle of backing fabric with right side down followed by a similar rectangle of wadding with the patchwork on top with right side up. Pin to secure the three layers.
For quilting the Christmas table topper I began by stitching in the ditch around all the white shapes. I cut a holly leaf outline in card – you can find these anywhere on the internet or in children’s books. I marked these holly leaves in a chain along the white zigzag and then sewed along the lines of the outline with a further line up the middle of the leaf to get me to the right place to move on to the next leaf outline.
This gave a suitable festive look to the table topper. Bind as for any quilt.