Hey, have you dug all your orphan blocks out yet? Here is another project using them. This table topper measures 23″ x 23″ with fabrics that I absolutely love and have had in my stash for quite a while.
It all started when I found this leftover border. I had 3 pieced just like this one. Using a triangle ruler I cut six triangles and I made this:
Now what? Well, I ironed fusible web on the back of the block, fused it to a white background and machine appliqued using blanket stitch and heavy weight thread (Aurifil 12 wt).
The design came about as I went along adding a piece of this and a piece of that. The ricrac, my go-to vine material, was stitched down with Aurifil monofilament in a zigzag pattern, from edge to edge, to keep those little scallops from bending. It works like a charm. I used a zigzag stitch to applique’ the corner hearts, and tiny tiny meandering to quilt it all and and make the [unquilted] borders pop.
The binding, this time, was applied by machine. After the quilting, I trimmed the excess batting along the edges of the quilt, trimmed the backing down to 3/4″, folded the backing towards the quilt and folded it again over the quilt, pinned and stitched. Easy and fast.
It looks like I have another Christmas gift ready ahead of time. I am really enjoying working with orphan blocks (or orphan borders!) to turn them into quilted beauties. What have you made lately with those blocks and borders pieces I know you have in your stash? Send me a picture.