Welcome to my stop on the Tantalizing Table Toppers Book Tour! Wow! It’s been quite a week on this tour, with so many inspiring projects! And you don’t want to miss entering a giveaway for this fabulous book! So stay tuned until the end of this post.
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I was so excited about this book by Pat Sloan because I am all about table toppers! They are such a fun, quick project and are so useful. You can change up your decor for the seasons or just on your whim when you have a supply of table toppers!
There are a dozen fabulous projects in Tantalizing Table Toppers, both the long, thin, runner types, and square ones. I enjoy mixing it up between both styles, but I chose a runner for this project.
This runner is called Main Street Perks and features a simple herringbone design. I used a layer cake from the La Vie Boheme line by French General. A layer cake is a perfect precut for this project, as it calls for 10″ strips (a layer cake is 10″ x 10″). I love the scrappy look that you get from a precut line.
The piecing is fun, easy chain piecing, and the project comes together so quickly! My favorite type of sewing is mindless chain piecing and ironing while listening to an audiobook. To me, there is nothing more relaxing. This topper came together over just a couple of relaxing evenings.
I don’t often put borders on quilts, and almost left it off of this project. But ultimately I liked the width of the runner better with the borders. So, I auditioned several colors for the borders. Originally I tried a beautiful french blue border from the line, but I decided that it wasn’t quite right and opted for some linen from my stash instead. The linen gave me the relaxed look I was going for. Since the blue strips were already cut, I just trimmed them a bit and used them for the binding.
I often struggle with how to quilt borders (maybe that’s why I don’t use them?). In this case, I opted for some simple, straightline quilting, 1/4″ from the seams and extending them into the borders. I love the criss-cross design that developed on the ends of the runner.
Once I put this on my kitchen table to take photos, it hasn’t come off! It is officially my new favorite table topper!
There are so many fun projects in Tantalizing Table Toppers! Some are quick and easy like this one, and some are a little more involved, when you are ready for a challenge. So, whatever type of sewing mood you are in, there is a project in here for you. And you will love to have a cupboard full of table toppers to suit your every mood!
And now for the fun part! Pat and Martingale are generously providing a copy of the book for me to give away!
There are several ways to enter the giveaway, do as many or as few as you’d like! The giveaway is open to everyone, both US and international. US residents will receive a printed copy of the book, and international winners will receive an e-book. The winner will be notified by email.a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Book Tour
Don’t forget to check out all the projects on the book tour. There is a chance to win a book at every stop!
Monday, May 23
- Martingale https://blog.shopmartingale.com/
- Bonnie Hunter https://quiltville.blogspot.com
- Andy Knowlton https://www.abrightcorner.com/
Tuesday, May 24
Wednesday, May 25
- Carolina Asmussen https://www.carolinasmussen.com/moodboard
- Jane Davidson https://quiltjane.com/tantalizing-table-toppers
Thursday, May 26
Friday, May 27
- Kristin Esser https://kristinesser.com/ (you are here!)
- Melissa Mortensonhttps://www.polkadotchair.com
Saturday, May 28
- Gina Tell -Thread Graffiti https://www.thread-graffiti.com/blog
- Kimberly Jolly – Fat Quarter Shop https://blog.fatquartershop.com/
Tuesday, May 31
- Pat Sloan https://blog.patsloan.com/