Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador's October Top it Off Challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to make a holiday table runner using applique.  I finished my project....and then realized that it didn't have any applique on it (oops) so I made a second (don't worry, first coming soon!).

I started with some gorgeous gold, red, and green Island Batik scraps from my pile.  I applied fusible to the back.  Then I ran it through my Accuquilt GO! Big cutter using their tiny circles die.  Oh how fast those circles were cut!  SO worth it.  

Here are my circles all arranged with two gold ones at the top.

Then I started adding more circles on top for the "ornaments."

I decided to quilt the background like a really long winding Christmas ribbon.  The batting is my favorite Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly Blend.  

I used a thick green 28 weight Aurifil Thread for stitching down the circles.  I simply did an overall wavy line until I'd gone around each circle.  The background was a lovely 50 weight cream Aurifil thread.

I love the way the stitching looks on all the circles.

Complete!  Look CLOSELY at the binding.  It was a striped Island Batik that I specially cut to get that texture right at the edge.  Fussy cutting can be so rewarding.

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. Oh my goodness, I love this, Suzy! And you've given me some inspiration for a challenge quilt I need to get to work on! Thanks!

  2. Love this!!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  3. What a fun Christmas tree! I love the quilting and the whimsical ornaments...just perfect.

  4. What a lovely little tree! This is so cute, and I especially like the tiny ornaments.

  5. What a fun twist on the Christmas tree!