Turnstile Table Topper {Week 18/52}

Earlier this week, I got scrappy with some teeny pieces of Flower Sugar and finished this.


Scrappy Table Topper


It’s actually a doll quilt for my swap partner in the DQS14 swap, over on Flickr. I blogged about it HERE if you’d like to see it as a mini quilt.

For the purpose of this blog post, I’m going to  call it a table topper… because I think it really does make a good looking table topper.

I’m going to share how I made the little Turnstile Blocks – perfect for using and highlighting precious scraps of fabric… and they finish at a very cute 5” square.


(2) 3 3/8” squares – cut diagonally to make 4 half square triangles.

(1) 3 3/4” square – cut across both diagonal corners to make 4 quarter square triangles


Print Fabric:

(1) 3 3/4” square – cut across both diagonal corners to make 4 quarter square triangles

The photo (below) may make it easier.


Turnstile Block


Sew the print fabric and white solid QSTs and press the seams open.


Turnstile Block 1


Trim those little fabric ears and sew these newly pieced triangles, to the white solid HSTs (like below).


Turnstile Block 2


Arrange all of the newly pieced squares, just like the photo below and sew the top two, and the bottom two.

Turnstile Block 3


Press the seams to opposite sides. Sew the two halves together.

Press, trim and admire your cute little 5” (finished) Turnstile block.

If you’d like to go ahead and use these blocks for make a little table topper… or ahem… doll quilt, here are the rest of the measurements.




Centre Square is 5 1/2”

The 4 (red) corners are made up (2) 4 3/8” squares, cut on the diagonal to yield  4 HSTs.

The larger triangles (between the turnstiles) are made with an 8 1/4” square, cut on both diagonals to yield 4 QSTs.

The borders are 2” wide strips.

I finished it by pressing some fusible fleece to the back and hand quilting with some Finca Perle 8 cotton in black. The binding is 3/4” rather than 1/2”. I like a wider binding.


Blue Glass


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Previous 52 Week Scrap Challenge Projects:

Scrappy Heart Pincushion {Week 1/52}

Flutter By Needle Case {Week 2/52}

Fabric Covered Jars {Week 3/52}

Stitch a Dresden Pillow {Week 4/52}

Plastic Bag Dispenser {Week 5/52}

Life is Better With Friends : Mini Quilt {Week 6/52}

Electrical Cord Wrap {Week 7/52}

Sunny Mug Rug {Week 8/52}

Scrappy Quilted Trivet {Week 9/52}

Quilted Fabric Box {Week 10/52}

Bloom : Wall Hanging {Week 11/52}

Double Tulip Pincushion {Week 12/52}

My Funny Valentine {Week 13/52}

Scrappy Needle Book {Week 14/52}

Rice Therapy Eye Pillow {Week 15/52}

Jolly Table Mat {Week 16/52}

Super Scrappy Strip Cushion {Week 17/52}


  1. this is so nice Anorina,thankyou for the tutorial,hope you have a lovely day.xx


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