Friday, May 23, 2014

Kona Club Challenge - Tulip Tower Table/Sewing Machine Topper by Felicity

We're so excited to have Felicity from Felicity Quilts posting today! Felicity took the Kona Club Challenge this month. Felicity used the colors we sent out in March 2014 for  Kona Club and made this great Tulip Tower Table/Sewing Machine Topper! We hope you enjoy this tutorial and make one of your own! We are giving away the fat quarters that Felicity used in this tutorial so be sure to leave a comment on this post to win!

Don't forget to follow Felicity Quilts for more inspiration and great projects!

Tulip Tower Table/Sewing Machine Topper

Hi there - I'm Felicity and I blog over at Felicity Quilts. I was so happy when Sew Sisters - my favourite online fabric shop - approached me to participate in the Kona Club Challenge!

I was totally inspired by the photograph that accompanied the March 2014 Kona Club bundle - aren't those beautiful tulips? I created a mini quilt that features four graphic tulips, and my daughter declared its name Tulip Tower!

This 16½" x 24½" mini quilt can be a table topper, wall hanging or a machine topper.

Finished size: 16½" x 24½"
All seam allowances ¼".
Press with a hot, dry iron toward the darker fabric or whatever way works best for the situation.

Fabric Requirements:

- 5 Kona Fat Quarters: Bonsai, Sunny, Pansy, Tangerine and Snow
- Batting piece 19" x 27"
- Marking pen with disappearing ink
- The usual quilting supplies


- cut strips parallel to the selvage along the shorter (~18") side of the FQ.
- leave selvage on unless instructed to trim.

Kona Snow:
4 @ 4½" x 18" strips for background. From each strip, cut TWO rectangles 4½" x 8½" for a total of EIGHT rectangles for tulip and leaf set backgrounds.
Trim selvage off remaining strip (it should be around 3½" or so) and set aside for pieced backing.

Kona Pansy:
2 @ 4½" x 18" strip for components of two tulips. From one strip, cut TWO rectangles 4½" x 8½". From the other strip, cut FOUR 4½" squares.
4 @ 1-3/4" x 18" strips for machine topper ties (not required for table topper or mini quilt).
Set aside remaining piece (around 10" x 18") for pieced backing.

Kona Sunny:
1 @ 4½" x 18" strip for components of one tulip. From this strip, cut ONE rectangle 4½" x 8½" and TWO 4½" squares.
3 @ 2¼" x 18" strips for binding.

Kona Tangerine:
1 @ 4½" x 18" strip for components of one tulip. From this strip, cut ONE rectangle 4½" x 8½" and TWO 4½" squares.
Set aside remaining piece (around 17" x 18") for pieced backing.

Kona Bonsai:
2 @ 4½" x 18" strip for components of leaf sets. From these strips, cut a total of EIGHT 4½" squares.
3 @ 2¼" x 18" strips for binding.

Making Tulips:

Each tulip comprises
- 1 coloured flying geese unit with Snow background
- 1 coloured rectangle
- 1 green flying geese unit with Snow background

A. Make flying geese units

2 @ 4½" coloured squares
2 @ 4¼" green squares
2 @ 4½" x 8½" Snow background rectangles

1. Draw a diagonal line on one side of each 4½" square. Use a pencil, pen or - my favourite - a Hera marker.

2. Place one coloured square right side down on a background rectangle, lining up raw edges at one end. Stitch directly on the drawn line.

3. Trim off the corner triangles, leaving a ¼" seam allowance.

4. Press open the triangle, pressing seam toward the coloured triangle (colour switcheroo - ignore, please!).

5. Place another coloured square right side down on the opposite end of the rectangle, making sure the drawn diagonal line on the square is pointing to the center at the top of the rectangle.

6. Stitch along the drawn line, trim the seam allowance to ¼". Press open the triangle, pressing seam toward the coloured triangle.

7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 with green squares to make the green flying geese unit.

B. Assemble tulip components

1 @ coloured flying geese unit
1 @ coloured rectangle
1 @ green flying geese unit

1. Arrange the flying geese units with the matching coloured rectangle as shown, and stitch together.

One tulip with leaves

Tip for perfect points: make sure you're stitching on the side where you can see the intersection of the two seams that made the point. Stitch a seam that's a thread or two less than ¼", so you're stitching just to the right of the seam intersection.

Perfect points!

Making the Topper Top

1. Make three more Tulips - you will have a total of four tulips, two purple (Kona Pansy), one orange (Kona Tangerine) and one yellow (Kona Sunny), each one with its own set of leaves.
2. Arrange the four tulips as shown, or in a way that pleases your eye. Stitch them all together.

Making the Backing

1. Take the three pieces you set aside during the cutting and stitch together, pressing the seams open to reduce bulk. It should measure about 18" x 27". Don't bother removing the selvages - they'll get trimmed off after quilting.

Quilting the Project

1. Layer the backing, batting and top, and baste with your preferred method.
2. Quilt as desired - I stippled the coloured parts in matching thread, free-motion quilted some leaves and a stem in the green flying geese units.

3. Before trimming the batting and backing off, baste around the perimeter of the project using your machine's longest stitch and about a 1/8" seam allowance so it will be hidden in the binding seam.

4. Trim batting and backing even with top, squaring up as necessary.

Making the Binding

1. Join the six 2¼" strips using a bias seam in whatever order you'd like. I chose to alternate the yellow and green strips.
2. Press in half, wrong sides together.
3. If making a table topper only, skip to "Attaching the Binding."

Making the Ties (optional - for machine topper only)

4 @ 1-3/4" strips of Kona Pansy

1. Press down one short end of the strip about 3/8", then press strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.

2. Open up the pressed fold, and press each half of the strip up so it meets that centre fold. Press the strip along the centre fold again.

3. Topstitch the tie about 1/16" from the edges, beginning at the end with the raw edge and continuing up and around the opposite end, turning at the corners and finishing up by stitching off the end with the raw edge. Press.

4. Repeat with three other strips to make 4 ties in total.

5. On the back of the topper, use the disappearing pen to make a mark on each side of the topper 2" from the end. This is where the ties will be attached.

6. Place the tie so it's on top of the mark and align the tie's raw edge with the edge of the topper, pinning from the front so you'll see the pin as you stitch the binding on the front of the quilt. Repeat for the three remaining ties.

Attaching the Binding

1. Attach the binding to the front of the topper using a ¼" seam allowance. If you're making a table topper, skip to step 3 now.

2. If you're making the machine topper, make sure you are stitching through the tie that is attached on the underside. You'll be able to feel with your hands whether it's there, and a peek underneath will confirm. Take care not to accidentally catch any other part of the ties as you attach the binding.

3. Stitch down the binding with the ties lying flat against the topper's backing.

Enjoy your table (or sewing machine) topper!



You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Felicity used to make her Tulip Tower Table/Sewing Machine Topper!
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

If you are no-reply/Wordpress blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Tuesday, May 27th, 2014.
Winner will be announced Wednesday, May 28th.
Good luck everybody and enjoy making your very own Tulip Tower Table/Sewing Machine Topper!

Click here for more details on Kona Club.


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Felicity is so talented!! Love the machine cover.
thank you for this chance

tink's mom said...

What a wonderful interpretation of that photo. Beautiful piece.

Heather said...

I wouldn't have thought to put those colours together, but when I view the finished project, they play very well together. Thanks.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Gorgeous spring colors!

Pamela said...

The color choices are awesome! And I love the cheerful table-topper. It is just asking to be paired with lemonade and a vase of summer flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.

Gill said...

What a great project - I love the colours!

tifga said...

So pretty! I really love the leaf stitch.

Unknown said...

Love those colours and the great machine cover. So cheerful.

The Lone Reader said...

I love the idea of a sewing machine cover. So pretty!

Bonnie58 said...

Love the colours. Great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing, Felicity

Bill Stearman Quilts said...

Nicely done! As happy looking as tulips on a Spring day!
Thank you for sharing!

Allison C said...

Such a clever project!

Sue H said...

Such beautiful colors - love it!!

Michele T said...

Those colours look amazing together!!! Your flying geese points are perfect... I am so jealous!! Thanks for the tutorial and tips!!!

Unknown said...

I love this! Great colours! Thanks Felicity for the tutorial. As always thanks Sew Sisters for a chance at the give-away.
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

Cindy said...

I love this!I could have Spring year round if I could make this.

Cindy said...

I love this!I could have Spring year round if I could make this.

Susan Snooks said...

Such pretty Spring colours! thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

Sherry VF said...

I love when you give quilting ideas with a tutorial. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Allison said...

Such a great tutorial! an unusual color combinations with so much potential!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I love the topper, love Kona solids. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

klh said...

Thanks for the tute! Love those Kona colours.

teachpany said...

Great directions. Thanks for the cute idea.

Kay said...

I love it as the machine cover, and thanks for an easy tutorial to follow.

Rina Mason said...

Thank for the tutorial. Really like the color combo.

Carla G said...

What great colors! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

giddy99 said...

LOVE this tutorial, especially the bit about the perfect points (I now see what I've been doing wrong, duh)! :)

Sheree said...

I'm in the market for expanding my Kona stash. this would sure help.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I never knew how to make the ties and your tip on making perfect points is something that I will use for sure!

Sarah said...

Beautiful! Thanks!

Briarose said...

oooh it's beautiful, would love to win.

barb said...

i love these colors. you did a great job! babscorbitt at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

Love the colourful sewing machine topper! Gorgeous!

Colleen said...

Those are great summery colours!

Jeneta said...

I absolutely adore the Tangerine!

Anda W said...

The colours are so rich, love Kona cottons, great quality and colours! awolk at rogers dot com

Emily C said...

The tulips are beautiful. I love spring projects.

Lolly Challice said...

I love Sew Sisters and Kona cottons

Janie said...

Beautiful project. Those points were perfect. Thanks for the giveaway.

auschick said...

I really need to make a cover for my sewing machine!

Nancy said...

I agree those colours go very well together.

Debbie Rogowski said...

I love the literal interpretation of the flowers with Kona solids

Christine said...

one of my favourite flowers in the spring!!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful topper! Thanks for the giveaway!

Carmen N said...

What fun colors!

johnnyp said...

I really like it very bright and cheerful

Shelley said...

Very cute!

QuiltinGram said...

Great topper and thx for chance at giveaway!

Unknown said...

I love the bright colours of those fabrics!

Quilting Tangent said...

Beautiful colors, nice match to the lovely picture. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Great give away:)

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Liz said...

Thanks for the tutorial - the tulips are so cute!

Unknown said...

Love love the kona colors, would love to win!!!

mecarolks said...

I like the bright colors.

Karrie said...

This is exactly what I need for my dusty ripped vinyl cover for my sewing machine! Thanks for the chance to win!

Karrie said...

This is exactly what I need for my dusty ripped vinyl cover for my sewing machine! Thanks for the chance to win!

GranChris said...

Great tutorial, Thank-you. Would be wonderful to win this and make one for my table.

Bethany said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I would love to make this!

M-R Charbonneau said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Felicity! The cover is beautiful! Loving that colour combo, too!

Margaret said...

I love it and what a great tutorial. This is definitely on my list to make

Unknown said...

I love the colors and the pattern. Would love to win.

Unknown said...

Great tip about creating perfect points! Always a challenge.

Joan said...

Great tutorial and the machine cover is so pretty! Thanks for the chance to win.

Carrie P. said...

Great tutorial. Wonderful colors

Helen Bazinet said...

I would love to win the giveaway of such bright and vibrant colors and love the the Sewing Machine Cover you made.

Thequiltingyogi said...

One of my bee members is into Kona and has turned the rest of us onto them!

Holly said...

Great job, Felicity! Fresh and pretty and ready for spring!

Melissa Miller said...

Very nice! I've been meaning to make a sewing machine cover similar to that.

WYO Di said...

Love this idea, and the use of the basic tulip colors!

GranChris said...

This turned out wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial.