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Table topper

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Quilting Quickly: Patterns, Techniques & Tips taught by Jenny Doan

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Classic, Casual, Traditional
Joanna Strohn on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Batik charm pack, batik fabric, fusible fleece, variegated thread, Steam-a-Seam2 Lite

Joanna Strohn on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? Finishing! This is far from perfect but quite adequate as a knock around table topper and picnic quilt. The charm squares are joined almost perfectly (something I enjoy doing) and I like the not-really-random random spacing of the colors. I really messed up the quilting. Stitches are all over the place from very short to awfully long. I'm not that enthralled with the pattern and likely won't use it again. I did learn a lot. As I tell students who have taken my classes, learning what you do not like is as important as learning what you do like. I used a stencil (technique from Ann Petersen's Beyond Basic Machines Quilting course)) to do the looped outer border. Inner boarder was a simple freehand loop. To finish this really quickly I used a fused binding I learned from Robbi Joy Eklow. One UFO finished!

Joanna Strohn on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take lots of courses so that you learn various techniques. Each teacher does a technique somewhat differently and you need to find the one that fits you the best. When taking a class, do the teacher's technique first. Learn what you like or do not like then go ahead and experiment!

Joanna Strohn on craftsy.com

I've written more about this project on my blog - http://www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/

05/28/2012 Flag

This table topper is beautiful. I really love the colors.

10/10/2012 Flag

beautiful

12/02/2012 Flag

Wow this is just beautiful & inspiring!

12/10/2012 Flag

After living with this for a while what really makes it is the border. I was fortunate to find a fabric that brought everything together and then the inner border added a spark. It's worth taking a top like this to the store and comparing various fabrics. Thanks for your comment! (And thanks to all who have commented!()

12/11/2012 Flag