A palette cleanser

Monday, December 11, 2017

This morning, I shipped off my final four secret sewing quilts for the year. I have had six large secret quilts in the works since September! It's been so hard not being able to share them with you as I finish them up! (One was my Christmas quilt, and I get to share another one in January and the final four in May!) Crossing the last secret quilt off my list was such a relief! I was ready to just do some quick and simple sewing to cleanse my palette before starting in on any new projects.


Metallic batiks quilted table topper


This month's Island Batik challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is a scrappy table topper.

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

I've had my eye on some 5" holiday fabric strips from my stash builder rolls ever since I got them! There are deep reds and greens and even a deep yellow gold one (I decided against using the purple). They each have gold metallic designs printed on them too.

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

I decided for my quick project, I would just cut one of each strip into 2 1/2" squares and sew them up into a 24" table topper. Each 5" x WOF strip yielded 32 squares. I used five strips and saved two green ones for binding.

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

I chain pieced the squares using 50wt Aurifil in #2324 Stone, but did not cut between each row. After sewing 12 sets, I cut the thread, then started back up with the first row again. I just left the thread between each one and kept adding a square to each row until I had 12 squares in each row.

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

I didn't pay much attention to the order of the squares. However, chain piecing this way allows you to have a bit more control over whether or not two squares of the same color would be next to each other.

Metallic batiks quilted table topper
Once the rows were sewn, I pressed the seams in each row in opposite directions, then sewed the rows together. I never cut the threads between the rows.

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

I pin basted the top with 80/20 cotton batting from The Warm Co. and a scrap of Island Batik fabric I had in my stash from the Alpine Ice collection. It doesn't "match" the front, but I'm all for using what I have! Besides, only my mom will flip it over to look at the back once it's on the table! Ha!

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

I used 50wt Aurifil #4026 Forest Green and my walking foot to quilt straight lines on either side of each seam line.

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

Once quilted, I cut two of the remaining green 5" strips into 2 1/2" strips for the binding. In order to have enough, I had to use two different prints. In hindsight, I would have cut smaller lengths of each and mixed them up a bit more to have a scrappier look.

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

I machine stitched the binding on as usual. Since I've been using 2 1/4" strips for binding lately, the 2 1/2" really seemed quite roomy.

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

This was the perfect quick finish to clear my head before starting a more complex quilt in the coming weeks. Do you do that too? Do you do smaller, quick projects in-between larger ones?

Metallic batiks quilted table topper
Metallic batiks quilted table topper

This was my 46th quilt finish of the year! (See all my finishes here.) I'm excited to have a new table topper to use this Christmas too!

Metallic batiks quilted table topper

Linking up with Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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13 comments:

  1. I totally get what you mean by a palette cleanser, I do that too! Usually in the form of a little pouch or bag or something quicker than a full quilt. Your table topper is lovely, so festive, and so classic! I love the pops of gold in there ... but I love gold, period!

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  2. Sometimes it's nice to just do something simple. I did a few this weekend myself so I totally get it!

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  3. A palette cleanser is a great way to describe a project like this. It's really a lovely finish. 46 finishes for the year is fantastic! Congratulations on finishing and shipping your final secret sewing!

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  4. It's just the opposite for me I might do a larger one in between loads and loads of smaller ones! A great scrappy finish you have there.

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  5. Hi Laura,
    I guess I do the palette cleansing thing, too, without realizing it. I have a few microwave cozies that have been sandwiched in between some of the other quilts I've been working on. This is a really pretty table topper with all the different fabrics you chose. I love the green quilting, too - just perfect. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. It is nice to have an easy finish because it is a finsh....yea you...

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  7. I love the palette cleanser idea - sometimes you gotta do something for you and something fun! Looks like another fun little quilt.

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  8. I'm with you on quilt palette cleansers! Forty-six quilts?! Great job! I think you need a longarm!

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  9. Well done meeting your deadlines. Not a bad effort considering the time of year.
    And a lovely finish with your table scraps challenge. Perfect for Christmas.

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  10. Isn't that a fun topper! You certainly have been busy!

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  11. Yep, I've been there. What a great, quick project to cleanse the palette before moving onto the next project. Those batiks look so great together! I need to look at what Christmas batiks I might have because this is a great project for them. Thanks for linking to Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  12. I am in need of a palette cleanser on occasion too! Very interesting how you sew the rows together without snipping the threads!

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  13. This is pretty! An easy palette cleanser is exactly what I'll be needing as soon as I've finished these last two "obligatory" projects. OH. Make that 3, as I need a quilted door panel to cover the patio door Scott replaced the bedroom door with when we made that a longarm studio - Devon might appreciate the privacy when she comes for her Christmas visit. :)

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