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My December Island Batik Ambassador project

Hi friends!

This month the theme for the Island Batik ambassador project was called Table Scraps.

Too funny.


Well, I guess it is only funny if you happen to know that I already have a table runner pattern called Table Scraps! I did not use that pattern for this challenge though. I knew I should come up with something new.

So I decided to try a little improv. First I selected this roll of batik fabrics because it had red and green in it. 

Island Batik fabric
Fabric Roll


Seemed appropriate.

Fabrics from the roll


Then I went to my stash of Island Batik scraps from the other challenges and grabbed reds of varying shades, greens and a few blues. I also grabbed some whites.

pile of scraps


Then I had to make a plan. My plan was to make “improv” blocks in 2 different sizes in 2 different colors using 2 different piecing styles. For the smaller set of blocks, I used some of the reds and made a few four patch blocks. 

Four Patch


Next, I grabbed my rotary cutter and sliced across the blocks, added a strip of the golden fabric.

I trimmed the blocks, then so not to waste anything, sewed the trimmed bits together with more pieces of the golden fabric, trimmed ….. and ended up with 10 small red blocks. 

batik fabric
improv four patch block
another improve 4 patch


Don’t the red blocks look a little bit like presents?

For the second bigger block, I took the strips of different greens and blues and started sewing them together. Once I had a piece big enough, I cut out squares keeping the strips on an angle. I made 6 of these bigger blocks. 

batik green


Then I sewed them all together, putting pieces of the various white batiks in between the pieced blocks. Then I used a 40 wt green Aurifil thread, a 50 wt red Aurifil thread and an 50 wt off white Aurifil thread to quilt the whole thing.

Aurifil thread 40 weight


For the binding I made a scrappy binding from the leftover strips and bits.

batik binding
Scrappy binding ready to be put on



Holiday table runner


What do you think? I think it makes a great runner for my holiday table, don’t you?  

happy quilting!



Oh- and the winner of the McCall’s Quilting magazine was Chris! Congrats!






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