This week I am teaming up with Mindie over at Bacon Time to offer this Spicy Apron Giveaway. Her blog is full of all kinds of fun ideas and giveaways! To enter just click on this link to Bacon Time to sign up. You will have several chances to win and the winner will be chosen from Mindie's blog on Wednesday July 27th :) You can also grab a coupon code good for 15% off any ready to ship item from my etsy shop that is good this week only.
I have definitely been bitten by the quilting bug! I just can't seem to get enough! I bought this great charm pack "Le Petite Ecole" by Moda a while back. It doesn't really go with my house but I just loved the fabrics. I decided to make a table topper from this great free pattern that I found on allpeoplequilt.com. I'll admit I was a little nervous when I had to cut the 5" squares into tiny strips 1" by 2 1/2". But once I started to assemble the blocks, it was really fun to sew!
This is the almost finished table topper. I machine quilted it by stitching 1/4" from each side of the squares. After all the hand quilting I've been doing on Evie's quilt I'm not really sure I like the way the machine quilting looks. I haven't done the binding yet because I"m not sure if I want to take out the stitching and hand quilt this little guy. There is such a charm and beauty to hand quilting that this feels cold to me somehow.
I used up some of the tiny pieces of leftover fabric to make a strip for the back. I'm planning to list this in my shop once it's finished. So what do you guys think: leave the machine stitching and bind it as it is or hand quilt it and bind it?