1. Moda Charm Pack (I used Always & Forever by Deb Strain)
2. Quilter's ruler, self-healing cutting mat & rotary cutters
3. Coordinating thread
4. 3/4 to 1 yard fabric for backing
6. approx. 9 yards bias binding (I use single fold)
1. Choose 25 squares for the center of your quilt topper. Lay them out in a 5x5 pattern. Stitch squares together into 5 rows using a 1/4" seam. Be sure to press all the seams either open or in one direction--alternating the direction of each row. Then sew the rows together to form the center piece. Press all seams either open or toward the top.
2. Cut the remaining charm squares into six 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles. (You will have two small pieces left over; just discard them.) Make sure you cut carefully. You'll need all but one of these rectangles for the border. Lay them out as desired and sew together into two rows of 23 rectangles and two rows of 27 rectangles. Press seams as before.
3. Sew the shorter rows to the top and bottom of your center piece, right sides together. You will probably want to pin to hold the border pieces in place; the scrappy rectangles are a bit springy even after pressed. Press seams toward center of project. Sew the longer rows to the two sides the same way, making sure to go to the edges of the other two border rows. Press seams to center of the project.
4. Create your quilt sandwich and quilt as desired. I used single-fold bias tape around the edges of mine to finish it off. I also like to wash and dry it before I set it out because I like the puffy, well-used look the quilting creates. Voila--cute, festive table decoration!