CUTE Snowman Table Topper Finished

Back in JULY I saved this photo with the label “Next squirrel project – Vicki”.  Sue and I both knew it was going to be made . . . it was just a matter of getting it on the docket with full attention.  Vicki at Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting shared this cute and adorable table topper during a Christmas in July blog hop.  We love all things Christmas so I was thrilled to pop around the hop, so to speak.  Vicki shared a tutorial on how to make this table topper as well, and I just knew I wanted to drop everything darn thing and make it right this minute.  NOW!

Next squirrel - Vicki

Picture courtesy of Vicki!

There was no way in H this squirrel is happening back in July because it would have interrupted the cutest quilt ever for a sweet girl (Cind-erella – Her Carriage Awaits).  I showed the photo to Sue and said how of these do you think we need to make?  She said a dozen.  WHAT??!!??  I was thinking six but then she started naming some people who would definitely like it.

Snowman Topper

Our snowman topper looks similar to the inspiration!

Potential Squirrel Snowman Forgotten

After spending some time with the littles the rest of the summer and Fall, we decided to get slightly more serious about the squirrel project.  A hexagon shape is just six triangle shapes but we didn’t have a large ruler.  Or did we?!  Sure, most rulers have the 60° marking on them along with other common ones.  So Sue cut a 9″ strip of fabric and I gave it a shot; after all, what did I have to lose?!

I lined up the cut straight-edge of the fabric with the 60° marking on the ruler and cut carefully.  Hmm.  That looked right so I cut five more equilateral triangles – sweet!

Snowman Moving Forward

In her tutorial, Vicki went a different direction with stenciling her snowflakes.  We chose to appliqué them but first we had to select the perfect size.  The snowflakes are free templates I found searching on the internet and then I printed different sizes to see which worked best.  Appliqué started with a snowman and snowflake in alternating triangles and finished quickly!

Next, it was time to add a ‘carrot’ nose for additional buttonholing.  We quickly layered it up with some red backing that reminds me of peppermint and candy canes.

Snowman Table Topper

Quilting went very quickly!  In the hour Sue was tutoring a student in math, I got the top quilted and binding added.  A simple stipple was done in the center and around/into each snowflake with my FMQ foot.  Then, I switched to a walking foot to outline each snowman head and to stitch-in-the-ditch on each side of the red/white border.  Finally, I added two straight-line rows of stitching in the dotted border to mimic the width of the inner border. 

Snowman quilting

Handing tacking the binding down during my lunch time and our top was complete.  Ta-da – a finished Snowman Table Topper.  We hope Sue’s sister is as thrilled with it as we are.

Snowman Topper2

I can honestly say that while we may not be making six or a dozen this year, I would love to make more.  Quick, easy, and c.u.t.e. is a wonderful combination.  Thanks for the idea and tutorial, Vicki!  Sharing this on TGIFF at Storied Quilts this week plus the two websites on my sidebar, Brag About Your Beauties and Finished or Not Finished Friday.  Also sharing on Sandra’s DrEAMi link-up at the end of the month.  It’s nice to have a finish this week!


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32 Responses

  1. Love this topper! 😁 Carol

  2. Denise says:

    Nice finish. Vicki really makes some amazing toppers. Thank you for sharing in Put your foot down, I’ll have to remember this for a quick holiday finish.

  3. Susan says:

    That turned out so cute! The lighter values really make this a fun version of the traditional red.

  4. sandradny says:

    Absolutely adorable — shuddering at the thought of sewing on a curve…..

  5. Love the cute snowmen – especially the pointy noses 🙂 Thank you for linking up to TGIFF.

  6. Cocoa Quilts says:

    That turned out great. I love it. It has been on my list for awhile. I also want to do a runner too. On the list for 2020.

  7. Dawn says:

    I love this table topper too! I just finished two for gifts (well almost…the second one still needs the binding hand stitched and eyes added). I also used the same concept to make a coaster to add to a mug and chocolate gift swap.

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    Well done! Didn’t know you had talked about a lot more….there’s always next year!

  9. Perfect quilting!!! Super cute, cute, cute!!!

  10. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    This is almost cuteness overload! Now I want to make a dozen. Maybe if I start now I can have them done for next Christmas. What an adorable finish. PS – If by some crazy chance Sue’s sister doesn’t like it, send it my way – hahaha PPS – what did you do for the eyes? Did I miss that in the post? Goodness knows I could have!

  11. quiltinggail says:

    It looks WONDERFUL!!!! I’m sure you’ll be making the other 11 in the near future! I like how you added the snowflake to each alternative block!
    Congratulations on a squirrelly finish!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  12. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, This table topper is a super duper success! It turned out so adorable and lovely, who wouldn’t want to have one of these displayed in their home. I am glad that you had a fun time putting it together, also. Which does make it easier to make the other ones that you and Sue want to make! Have a great day!

  13. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    This is so cute. Great job! I think there will be some happy and very fortunate recipients!!

  14. I also am a big fan of your snowman table topper. How about we do some kind of a Christmas swap next year? Have a great day! Mary

  15. Sharon says:

    OK. That Snowman table topper is just adorable! Might have to put it on the list for gifting next year. Merry Stitching!

  16. I just love Vicki’s snowmen creations and this is a cutie! Yours turned out awesome, and yes, you do not have to have fancy, expensive hexagon and triangle rulers to make 60 degree triangles… 😉 I love the soft grey and pink you did, makes me think I could maybe make the non-quilt-loving daughter one in soft turquoise and grey….

  17. Judy Blauer says:

    I ran across this Snowman topper this week too and now your post. It must be a sign that I need to make one too! Hmmmmm?

  18. karenfae says:

    I love it – so cute for the holidays or all winter long

  19. Pat says:

    This is sew adorable! Thanks for sharing the pattern link … 🙂 Pat

  20. That is adorable, Roseanne – and what a great gift! I have one of Vicki’s snowmen in progress, and you’re inspiring me to pull it out and finish it up!

  21. It really turned out cute! Well done. Love snowmen, in any shape or form 🙂

  22. Very cute snowmen and ready to enjoy for the winter holidays.

  23. chrisknits says:

    And now Google is back to messing with my commenting! UGH! OK, Love the table topper! I did the runner style last year and it’s out and ready for winter.

  24. How cute! I did the table runner version of the snowmen last year, it’s already on my TV table!

  25. Roseanne, the topper is super cute! I’m sure Sue’s sister will absolutely love it ♥

  26. Vicki in MN says:

    It turned out just adorable! Glad you enjoyed it girls!!

  27. Carol says:

    Love love love it!! Cute for all winter long!!

  28. I’m very particular about Christmas crafts…this one is a winner. Let us know when you put them up on etsy – might just have to order one if the price is right!

  29. Laura says:

    Super cute! Love the tips that you shared, too! Are 11 more going on next year’s docket? 🙂

  30. nanamickie says:

    It’s gorgeous!! Well done! They will be cherished gifts!

  31. It is adorable!!! I think you should make six more – ha ha!!! Great job – thanks for linking to Finished or Not finished Friday!!

  32. Gretchen says:

    Lovely table topper! The first one is made, the next 11 will sew up faster. Happy stitching!

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