My Christmas table centrepiece doesn’t change every year, but every now and again it’s good to bring out something new. This year I have tried out the Sew Simple fusible foam batting and I am thrilled with the way it works. It’s not cheap, but I made my Christmas table centrepiece in a fraction of the time that I had expected – plus my project lies very flat, which isn’t always the case.
Cutting requirements for the Christmas table centrepiece
9″ squares: four red, four green
Binding: two 2″ strips of gold fabric cut across the width of fabric
Wadding: one 16″ circle of fusible foam batting (it came in a pack of four, so I’ve got three more to play with.
Making the Christmas table centrepiece
I’ve made this project reversible, just to show you two options that you could use. The fabric is a range called Joy at Christmas with a lovely paisley pattern. I cut one 9″ strip across the width of red and of green. You can cut four 9″ squares from each strip.
Make half square triangles with two red and two green squares. Place a red and a green square 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 to produce two half square triangles from each pair of squares.
Sew the four half square triangles together to make a pinwheel for one side of the Christmas table centrepiece. Sew the remaining four squares together to make a four patch unit for the second side.
Sandwich these two squares together with the 16″ circle of wadding. Pass a pin through the middle of one side and make sure that it also passes through the middle of the other side. If you’re using fusible sponge, as I did, you just need to iron now and the three layers will be stuck together beautifully. If you’re using ordinary wadding, you’ll need to pin at this stage.
I quilted a spiral on my Christmas table centrepiece, starting in the middle and working out to the edge. Because the pattern is different on the front and back, I couldn’t do any stitch in the ditch quilting, so a spiral seemed a good option.
Trim the excess fabric around the edge of the foam circle. For the binding I chose to use 2″ strips of fabric, rather than my normal 2.1/2″. This gives a smaller, neater finish. I also used straight cut strips of fabric whereas I should have used strips cut on the bias because of the curves. That was just because I was pushed for time, but it’s a small enough project that the binding looks fine to me.
I was really impressed with the fusible batting. It saved time and made my Christmas table centrepiece very flat and easy to quilt. The photo shows the second side which was made just using a four patch unit.
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