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Creative Borders – Fall Table Topper

An Island Batik Adventure

Creative Borders and Binding Graphic

October’s assignmentBorders and bindings. There was no specific IB group required, so I pulled out my bins of Island Batiks and chose a few fall colors.  Just having finished a Round Robin, and loving it, I decided to do my very own little Round Robin!  I started with a very simple center.

Pumpkin TT center (Medium)

Then one by one, the borders got added.

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No, I did not sketch this out or put it on EQ – sometimes I just like to move ahead as I’m led. I did need to stop and do math, however (ich). After seven (7) borders, some wide open spaces were needed, so I added the large yellow triangles. Yes, I took the “border” assignment quite seriously! The appliqued pumpkins are perfect for a fall table topper! Aren’t they just so cute?!

Pumpkin applique (Medium)

Two more borders then quilting. I’m working on my machine quilting skills and am really happy with how it turned out on this project. Admittedly, a small table topper is SO much easier to manage than a full quilt! A plain binding and – Done! It looks great on my dining table, although I still find it hard to believe that it is fall already. And yes, Christmas will be upon us before we know it.

Pumpkin TT Full heARTsCreaitons.com (Medium)

There have been some great October projects by the other Island Batik Ambassadors. You can find their links here – check it out for some great eye candy! [Note: There will not be an official November Island Batik Ambassador project.)

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Kaffe Table Topper

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As if I didn’t have enough projects in the process, I started a new one about a week ago. I was going through my bin of Kaffe Fasset fabric and decided I wanted a small table topper for my dining room.  I began sketching 6″ finished blocks and away I went. On the eighth block I had more than a screw loose – I lost it completely! I had to take it out six times! No, it wasn’t difficult – as you can see, none of them are. My quilting brain had just gone to sleep (comatose more like it)!

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The spiral quilting really shows up well on the back.

 

As soon as I had the blocks together I cut my backing and batting and sandwiched it so it was ready to quilt the next morning. I was going to do a sort of loop-d-loop free motion and then realized it would be the perfect size for a spiral. I have wanted to try one for quite some time now. It was really easy! The very beginning is a little tough, and you can see in the pics the center is a little wonky, but once I got going, it was easy. I just followed around with my walking foot. At one point, though, I had to stop for a minute – it was making me dizzy! I did the loop-d-loops on the borders, got the binding on, and had the table topper on my dining room table that afternoon. Instant gratification! Now I am a bit more motivated to get to a project or two that has been hanging around for a long, long time.

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