Island Batik challenged us to make a table topper that includes appliqué. I did the witch cupcake for the Halloween Hop but wasn’t ready to commit to the project as my table topper for the month. I was working on my first catalog quilt for Island Batik (spring 2020) and am so excited but so stressed. So, in the end , I decided to make a second table topper and finish the first and call them a pair! As usual, I did some mock ups in Electric Quilt 8* to get them going.
As our challenge said, table toppers are perfect for creating your statement piece for your home decor. I don’t do a lot of decorating and I thought the placemats would be perfect – or I could use them on a table or near the entryway or even on the door (as the first picture shows).
Disclaimer: Island Batik supplied fabric for this project.
I have to laugh as one of my internet commenters (Roseanne) said there’s not a lot of commitment in your 4th quarter projects. You can see in the top picture this piece didn’t have the words “Ding Dong”. One of my other commenters brought that to mind and I knew it had to go on the placemat.
I had a lot of fun working on this month’s project. I did two pieces – I am calling them table toppers – even though they could wind up on the door or as placemats. Somehow, two felt like the right number as I can have one on the door or one on the table or both on the table. They were really fast to make once I set my mind to it! For some reason this whole project fought me, as I thought I would have this posted days ago, but sometimes the easiest things are the hardest.
Now, I am letting you in on a big secret. I did not cut those letters with my hands. I used my Scan N Cut* to cut the darn letters and the bat for this project. Can I say excited???!!! I purchased a used Scan N Cut as I wasn’t convinced, but I am now. In the past year I have learned a fair amount about creating files in Electric Quilt 8 and now I am adding the Brother Canvas platform (the software that runs the Scan N Cut) to my skills. It is so fast now that I understand a few basic things. Much faster than me cutting it out.
I know most of you don’t have one, so I thought I would give you the files for both the Happy Halloween table topper. If you do want the svg files, let me know. I made 12″ blocks and put them on those and then added border. I know you are up to the challenge.
This fabric I have been saving forever and yes, the placemats can be used for the Day of the Dead….even more excited. Usually I don’t show backings when they aren’t Island Batik, but I couldn’t resist using this one I had
hoarded saved for years (1999 – yikes)! And, this is both a finish for my OMG and 4thQuarter!
You may still see another one from me, maybe in November, as I really wanted to do a fall one but just couldn’t get going. Jonathan had this beer the other night and said this would be a fun quilt block. Well, I don’t think I can copy it but I might write to them and see if they mind. Will this squirrel nag me to death until I do it…only time will tell.
Meanwhile, watch for an annoucement Monday on a sew-along that I am doing. I need a baby quilt for a special girl and I want to do this pattern. It won’t be ready for her arrival (I don’t think) but for soon after. Join me. Watch for Mondays fun.
A SAL (sew along) announcement
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8
Barn Quilt BOM #3 – 11/6
Island Batik Challenge November
Island Batik Challenge December
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