Wednesday, December 20, 2017

December Scrappy Table Topper Challenge

The Island Batik Ambassadors are back working on a new challenge for December and Preparing for a nice Blog hop for January.  Let's start with December challenge which was to design a scrappy table topper.  

My Island Batik scrap bin

Since I have been designing as an Island Batik Ambassador,  I have been keeping all my scraps and fabrics in one location in my studio so I can find them easily.  My scrap cube was packed full of Island Batik fabrics just waiting for a project like this.

Scrap Block
So my idea was to design a simple patchwork table topper that was a variation to a rail fence block that uses patchwork pieces instead of full blocks. The 12" blocks use 24- 2 1/2" squares of various colors for the patch pieces.  The 4 neutral pieces that make the rail fence in the block measure 2 1/2" x 6 1/2". 

Now with the design done, I dumped the scraps on my cutting table and began sorting through all of the Island Batik fabrics.  Looking for pieces that measure 2 1/2" or larger.
Before cutting
After Cutting
I decided I wanted to cut all the pieces fast, so I dusted off my Accuquilt cutter and found my 2 1/2" strip cutter.  My strip cutter worked great for this project.  I would get the 2 1/2" strips made then I would lay them horizontally on the strip cutter and run it through again to get the 2 1/2" squares.

Once I had enough squares, I start to make six patch units.  I needed four - six patch units per block. I would sew the neutral strip on top of the six patch units, then I would assemble the four units together like in the diagram above.

Tabletop mockup design

I made six blocks and assemble them together to get the above design to get a quilt topper that measures 36" x 24".  I decided that this table topper did not need a border, so I did not to add one. 
Scrappy Backing and Binding
To keep with the scrappiness of the table topper I made a scrappy backing.  I sewed six wide scrap strips together to get a significant enough backing piece to the put on the longarm and get it quilted.  The binding was also made of scrappy neutrals.
Scrappy Table Topper Finished
My Island Batik scrappy table topper is bright and wonderful to look at. I would make this again and would love to create a bigger version of the quilt made out of just of Island Batik fabrics for a bed. 

It's hard to believe that my second year as Island Batik Ambassador is coming to close in January.  I really hope that Island Batik will let me return for my third year.  So be sure to come back for January Challenge reveal in the Island Batik Ambassadors Four Season Blog hop starting the week of January 8th and going throughout the month.

Also, Be sure to check out the other Island Batik Ambassador's table toppers.

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seam to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore