How to make a Quilt Hopper cone

Quilt Hopper is a quick & easy strategy game played on a quilt top
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Go to the Quilt Hopper home page Watch JoAnne make a block
Download the pattern for a cone Watch JoAnne make a puck

You can click on any photo to enlarge it

This cone is really a tetrahedron, but it looks enough like a cone to call it a cone. Tetrahedrons are a lot easier to make than real cones,  they always land rightside up, and they don't roll away.

The cone is the easiest piece to make, let it be your first piece.

JoAnne Young is going to show us how to make this plush Quilt Hopper piece
Jo Anne Young getting ready to make a Quilt Hopper piece

This is what we are making
The finished cone

The cone will be easier to make if you print the pattern bigger, but it won't fit on as many quilts.

Cut out the material (2 pieces per cone). JoAnne uses a rotary cutter, but scissors work just fine.
Cut out the material

Snip out the corners as marked on the pattern to create tabs
Snip out the corners to make tabs

Now the material should look like the pattern. A cone needs two identical pieces.
Material & pattern, side by side        Both pieces of fabric, all cut out

To hide the seams, JoAnne is going to make the cone inside out and then evert it to put the seams on the inside. Everting something is turning it inside-out or rightside-out.
Face the material good side to good side (always good to good). This way only the good side of the material will show when you evert the cone.
Pin and sew like in the picture.
Pin it good to good        Sew it good to good

Pin and sew the next seam like in the picture.
Remember to always sew good to good.
Pin the next seam        Sew the next seam        Now it looks like a pocket

JoAnne pins and sews the third seam.
She winds up with an inside-out cone with one seam open.
Pin seam #3        Sew seam #3        It is an inside out cone with one seam open

Now JoAnne everts the cone (turns it rightside out) through the open seam.
She uses a stick to poke the corners out.
The cone is now rightside out, the good side of the material is showing, and all the seams are hidden.
turn it inside out        Poke the corners out

To finish up, JoAnne stuffs the cone with batting.
Then she pins and sews the last seam.
Stuff the cone        Pin the last seam

This is what it looks like
The finished cone

And now we are done
Jo Anne Young is done making a plush Quilt Hopper piece

The finished pieces, a complete set for a small game
2 cones, a block, and a puck

Go to the Quilt Hopper home page