Quilting Tutorial: Follow the Dotted Line Table Topper

Easy to make using the Omnigrid® On-Point Ruler™.

Last July, our friend, Donna Lynn Thomas showed us what the On-Point ruler does with simple squares set on point in a border. Today, she’s back with us again, teaching us how to make a cute little table topper called Follow the Dotted Line. Want to know more?

Quilting Tutorial: Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Table Topper

The block is 3″ x 13-1/2″ finished size – a long skinny thing composed of simple four-patch units set on point and a flying geese unit on the end. Sew four Dotted Line blocks around a fun and colorful big print and, voilà, your top is done.

Enough talk, let’s get started!


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Quilt

First, gather your supplies:

  • One 11″ square of your main theme print for the center of the topper
  • 1/3 yard of a white background print
  • Four 4″x 21″ pieces of coordinating prints for the dotted line blocks
  • Omnigrid® On-Point Ruler™, rotary cutter and mat

Since we want the squares in the four-patch units to measure 1-1/2″ on the diagonal, you’ll cut the strips for the strip sets using the 1-1/2″ mark on the On-Point Ruler™. Remember, for squares the desired finished diagonal measurement equals the cutting mark on the On-Point Ruler™. No math even for seam allowances!

Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Quilt

Onto the fun stuff – let’s make the first Dotted Line block. 

Use the On-Point Ruler™ to cut the following pieces:

From one of the four coordinating prints cut 1 strip using the 1-1/2″ mark x 18″ long.

From the white print cut 1 strip using the 1-1/2″ mark x 18″ long.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Quilt

Now comes the cool part! Make a strip set from the white strip and the print strip. Press the seams to the dark.

From the strip set, cut 8 segments using the 1-1/2″ mark on the On-Point Ruler™.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Quilt

Sew the segments into four-patch units. Press the final seam on each four patch in a circular fashion. Set the four patches aside.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Quilt

Now let’s make some flying geese units so we can finish the blocks. Since they are not set on-point, use a regular ruler to cut the flying geese pieces.

From the white print, cut two squares, 2″ x 2″.

From the print, cut one 2″ x 3-1/2″ rectangle.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2″ square.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Quilt

Sew a square to the corner of the rectangle and press to the white corner. Trim the excess from behind the corner, 1/4″ from the seam allowance.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Quilt

Sew the second square to the adjacent corner. Press to the white and trim the excess away.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Quilt

We’re getting close to being done!

To finish the block, cut the following pieces with a regular quilting ruler:

From the white print, cut:

  • 2 squares, 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. Cut each square in half on both diagonals to make 8 quarter-square triangles. You need six, so save the two extra triangles for the next block you make.
  • 2 squares, 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″. Cut these squares in half once diagonally to make 4 half-square triangles.

Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the On-Point Ruler to Make a Table Topper

Now you’re ready to finish the block. Lay out four matching half-patch units, four white half-square triangles, six white quarter-square triangles, and the flying geese unit as shown. Sew them together to make a dotted line block.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler to Make a Quilt

Now repeat the process to make one block from each of the other three prints. 

Once all four blocks are done, lay out the dotted line blocks around the 11″ theme print square as shown.

Sew the first dotted line block in place about three fourths of the way, leaving the end that sticks out past the 11″ square unsewn. We’ll come back and sew it later.

Now sew each of the remaining blocks in place completely.

Sew the remaining part of the last seam and your topper is ready to quilt, bind and use. Now wasn’t that fun?

NOTE: the On-Point ruler was designed by Donna Lynn Thomas because she was tired of the measuring limitations of regular rulers. Get to know Donna better here or on Facebook as Donna Lynn Thomas Quilter. Check out her new book, “On-Point Patchwork,” now available from Martingale.  

 

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