Frosty Mugs Wall or Table Quilt - Island Batik

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The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for October 2019 is Top It Off. Any holiday could be featured in a table runner created with applique. The wool appliqué pattern Frosty Mugs by Threads that Bind was the inspiration for my topper. I created this as a wall hanging in wool last year but think it will be equally dynamic in batiks. Pattern pieces are traced on freezer paper using the Cutterpillar Glow, labeled then pressed to batik fabrics. There were lots and lots and LOTS of teeny tiny pieces but numbering each both on the master pattern and before cutting from freezer paper saved the day.

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Snowman parts are positioned on Island Batik Cascadia by Claudia Pfeil (available in shops in April/May 2020) background trimmed with Island Batik Solid Cherry from their Basic line. Snowballs and snowmen mugs have IB Solid White bonded to the back with Misty Fuse. This double layer prevent dark background fabric from showing through.

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Happy smiles are created with Aurifil black cotton 50wt using a satin stitched before bonding to background. Simple zigzag stitch was selected to finish all raw edges after experimenting with blanket stitch first.

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It’s off to the Handi Quilter Amara with Pro Stitcher for quilting. Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Black batting is perfect for this dark background color. Wavy rows of quilting are accented with random sizes of snowflakes quilted with white Aurifil 50wt thread.

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Details, details, details. Black snaps and tiny beads for mouths and eyes bring whimsical personalities to life. Each snowman’s head is a different Island Batik fabric, a unique shape and has distinctive mouth and eyes. A variety of orange batiks add charismatic noses. Perched atop them all, a little red bird oversees the pack. Designed as a table runner, it can easily be used as a wall art quilt or door wreath using the hanging tabs on the back.

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Completed Whimsical Snowmen are all decked out for the holiday season. This appliquéd table topper can be used all season as a table runner, quilted wall hanging or front door decor. This project was completed with supplies furnished I recieved from Island Batik and it’s industry partners Aurifil and Hobbs Batting in my role as Island Batik Ambassador. Find detailed steps and links to all materials in my blog

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