I made this adorable dresden flower table topper for my daughter’s room. It will be in her room year round but would add a nice touch to your spring decor on a side table in your living room or even in the center of your dining room table with a vase of flowers. It finishes at about 16″ across. You can download the dresden blade pattern that you will need here.
3 Fat Quarters
HeatnBond Batting Tape
SpraynBond Basting Adhesive
To begin, cut 8 blades each from two different fabrics (seam allowances are included on the pattern). Sew them together with a 1/4″ seam. Then you have your dresden flower top quick as a wink!
To prepare the batting, take two scraps and cut a straight edge to line the scraps up together (this is an important step because your batting edges must be flush). Then place a strip of HeatnBond Batting Tape across the seam and fused. For those of who normally zig zag stitch batting scraps together, this is so much easier!! You’ve got to try it.
Next, use the SpraynBond Basting Adhesive to baste the dresden top to the batting and then the batting to the backing.
After quilting the quilt top, in this case I used my free motion foot and quilted petals that radiated out from the center to the outer edges, trim the edges flush. Next, cut a circle to cover the hole in the center of the dresden. I cut a 6″ circle backed with HeatnBond Lite because I wanted the lamp seen in the first picture to sit within the center of the flower. It isn’t necessary to cut such a large circle.
While fusing the circle to the center of the quilt top with your iron, tuck a little lace under the edge of the circle. The adhesive will hold it nicely until you stitch it in place.
Stitch around the outer edge of the circle, catching the lace in your seam. You could use a zigzag stitch as seen here or a straight stitch depending on the look you are going for.
It is necessary to cut your binding on the bias due to the curved edges. For this project, cut your binding in 2 1/4″ strips. Sew the binding onto the quilt top and then hand stitch neatly on the back.
The bound scalloped edged have such a pleasing look about them!
Your dresden flower table topper is complete! Enjoy!