In the May 2020 issue of American Quilter Magazine, you will find my latest design. It is a stunning table topper made with Princess Palette Batik by Mirah. This palette of batiks acts like blenders and is the perfect combination of colors for the design. This sunny Pineapple represents warm welcomes, celebration and hospitality and is perfect to welcome guests or gift to a friend.
I designed my topper in EQ8 Quilt Design Software. It is a foundation paper pieced design that would be great for an intermediate quilter or a dedicated beginner. I find starting on paper pieced projects that are smaller is a great way to try out this technique.
I was able to import the Princess Palette Batik fabrics right into EQ8 to mock up a realistic picture of my design. I could try different colors before I had to cut into that precious fabric. Batik by Mirah generously provided all of the fabrics. They have some beautiful fabrics that you should definitely consider for your next project. Batik by Mirah
It is a lot of stitching, pressing and cutting, but the result really starts to take shape.
Here, I am trimming the sewn foundation.
Then I stitched the four sections of the block together.
The individual blocks come together to create one pineapple. There are 8 blocks needed to make the topper.
I sewed four blocks together to make half the topper and then stitched the two halves together.
I use a water soluble pen to mark the quilting designs on the topper. I wanted to stitch little feathers in the background.
Then I stitched cross hatching in the pineapples.
Here is a closeup of the quilting after it was finished and washed. I love that crinkly texture!
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