Hi everyone – today is my stop on the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I hope you have been following along. (The full schedule of participants is listed below in case you missed any of them.) There have been so many great projects for gifts and decorating and I have another for you today. Yay!

If you are new here and visiting from the hop, Welcome! I hope you’ll look around and visit for a bit. I would also like to invite you to join in on the Main Crush Monday linky party we have here each week. It’s a fun time and full of inspiration from so many quilters – be sure to check it out at the bottom of this post!

For my stop on the blog hop, I have designed an easy paper-pieced table topper. It’s great for Christmas, but can be used any time of the year just by changing the colors you use.

(I have decided I’m a big fan of tiny polka dots. 🙂 That red fabric with those tiny pin dots is freaking adorable! Must. Have. More.)

Paper Pieced Table TopperThe finished topper is 24″ square and very easy to assemble. Of course, you can always make it bigger by adding more blocks and use it as a baby or lap quilt.

This is only the second quilted project I have made for decorating for the holidays. I know!! Last year, I made a quick table runner for our coffee table. It will be nice to add this table topper to the dining room table. Maybe next year I can make a tree skirt?

Paper Pieced Table TopperI kept the quilting light and easy – just simple stitch in the ditch and a bit of stippling in the dark green squares. You can see the quilting detail in the pic below:

Quilting Detail - Paper Pieced table Topper

This is the first paper pieced pattern I have written; I hope you enjoy it! I call it Double Diamonds and it is available for free download on the Pattern tab above, through my Craftsy shop, or through this link so you can make your own. The pattern includes information for making four sizes – Mini (Table Topper), Baby, Lap, and Throw.

Since this is my first attempt at writing a paper piecing pattern, I would love to receive feedback from anyone who downloads a copy, specifically:

  • is the pattern easy to understand
  • is there information not provided that you would like to have added
  • is there too much info provided
  • general thoughts

I would also love to see any projects you make using this pattern. You can post them on Instagram and tag @cookingupquilts or email a pic and I’ll share it on the blog if you like.

I hope you are enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. I really want to say thanks to Sarah for putting the hop together. Now is a great time to start making those hand crafted gifts, and maybe get a bit ahead for the holiday season. If you missed any of the posts, here are the participants:

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home
July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD
July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter
July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts
July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies
July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting
July 20th:     Vicki Schlimmer @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter
July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic
July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion
July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms
July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy
July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle

And now, on to Main Crush Monday! What are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space?  Your crush can be any project, fabric, handy gadget, LQS…you get the idea. I can’t wait to see what you share! You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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