Frontier Charm – May Blog Hop Ultimate Home Decor Table Topper & Give-away

Decorating our homes with handmade projects adds a very personal touch. Some of us like a more modern style and some favor a more primitive traditional look. In my home I like the warm and welcoming feel of a more primitive traditional look. I would like to share with you a great way to show you how to use batiks and create a traditional primitive style table topper. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to showcase the new collection “American Frontier” by Kathy Engle designed for Island Batik which will be arriving in your local quilt shops in the coming months.

The American Frontier collection is a beautiful array of golds, blues, reds, and greens.

Most primitive traditional style quilts combine piecing and applique. I thought it would be fun for this Blog Hop to combine two traditional quilt blocks, the snowball and the shoo fly. These two blocks combined together, make a wonderful chain affect. Since my project is a table topper my patches needed to be small to show the detail of the chain design. Each of these blocks are 3″ finished. I also wanted to decorate my table topper with an Americana style border around the outer edge.

Snowball and Shoo Fly Blocks

I selected the Stone Dot Toast fabric as the background fabric – 121917060 for both blocks.

The rest of the beautiful colors in the collection were used to create the chain effect in the topper. The Shoo Fly block is a simple nine-patch block made from 1″ finished half-square triangles and 1″ finished squares.

Shoo Fly 3″ Finished Block

The Snowball block is another easy pieced block. The beautiful fabric colors were selected randomly in for the corners. The 1 1/2″ colorful corner square were cut and placed on a 3 1/2″ background square as shown below.

The blocks were sewn together alternating a shoo fly and then a snowball block in each row.

Applique Border

If you are like I am, I have limited time. I wanted to have a lovely applique border but I needed a way to get it done quickly. The AccuQuilt GO! Cutting system made the cutting of the applique so easy. I used the GO! Qube Specialty Set-Serendipity by Edyta Sitar (55783) to cut my applique. The dies I used from the Qube set were the

  • GO! Flower Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55744)
  • GO! Flower Accents by Edyta Sitar (55745)

I created a piano key style pieced border to fuse the applique shapes to. I selected the golden fabrics from the American Frontier collection. I fused Lite Steam-A-Seam II made by the Warm Company to a variety of batik fabrics from the collection and then cut 4 shapes out at a time using the GO! dies.

Frontier Charm –
Finished size 33″ x 22″

The cut shapes were positioned on the outer border in a pleasing arrangement. The edges were finished with a double blanket stitch using Black (#2692) 50wt. Aurifil Thread. I used a Schmetz SUPER Non-Stick Needle for stitching the applique pieces. The needle has a distinctive scarf with the special design of the eye which ensures prevention of skipped stitches.


The topper was quilted using a double layer of Heirloom® Premium 80/20 Cotton/Poly Blend batting. Using the double layer will help protect my oak coffee table from spills. The quilt was quilted with 50wt. Auriful Thead.

I hope you enjoy the May Island Batik Blog Hops and all the great projects my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors will be sharing with you.

Give-Away Time!!!!

Now for a great Blog Hop Give-Away. My blog post will be featuring the Cascadia collection designed by Claudia Pfeil. You can enter multiple times. Please leave me a comment for additional ways to win.

Happy Quilting!

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  1. Your quilt is just gorgeous! The border sets it off perfectly.

  2. I love the applique border. What a great way to cut them out. Beautiful Carol. You get so much done….it’s amazing. Have a great Monday! Your friend a few miles north!

  3. Beautiful table runner Carol! I love the Cascadia batiks. They remind me of the islands. Love the rope lattice and the swirls!

  4. I love this topper, Carol. The Shoo-Fly and the Snowball go together so well that just looking at it I didn’t realize it at first.
    I would love to win that Cascadia bundle it is so wonderfully colorful.

  5. So pretty! The applique border is my favorite part!

  6. Your table topper is beautiful! I love the combination of piecing and applique. The Cascadia fabrics remind me of a super bright rainbow; it goes through the full spectrum of colors.

  7. Very lovely! I adore the border! I love the Cascadia prints – the basket weave reminds me of my grandmothers baskets she wove to hold her fabrics!

  8. Beautiful table topper! I love to piece small blocks :) Will definitely try this one. Love the Cascadia Collection colors and designs. Thank you for the give-away.

  9. Beautiful

  10. I love the quilting on your project. The design really enhances the quilt.

  11. the colors are so bright and beautiful, and they remind me of the hot air balloons at a air show that we saw one time

  12. Such a gorgeous piece! I especially love the applique along the border and how you used stars to look like flowers. This is a perfect way to use this Island Batik collection!
    duchick at gmail dot com

  13. I really like your table runner. The star flowers are cute, Several of the fabrics in this Island Batik collection remind me of basket weave. Once again, beautiful Island Batik fabrics!!

  14. It is such a cute topper. The tiny blocks look so precious, Love the applique and your quilting.

  15. The designs of Cascadia remind me of a waterfall. The curly design is like the turbulent water where the waterfall hits the pool. Other prints remind me of the air bubbles from the turbulence. Some designs remind me of the ferns/plants that grow around the waterfall area. It’s such a beautiful collection!

  16. Cascadia reminds me of a waterfall pool with the turbulent waters and bubbles and ferns growing along the edge of the pool and hillside.

  17. Carol your topper is beautiful. The fabrics really pop in your design. I really love the appliqué. Just might have to add this specialty set to my collection of dies.

  18. So pretty Carol

  19. That border is DELICIOUS!

  20. wow this is gorgeous. talk about bringing spring into the house and brightening things up. Perfect
    thanks for sharing how you made it. I am loving these fabrics.

  21. Hello! That Cascadia bundle is just gorgeous as is your table topper. I love the look of the shoofly alternating with the snowball. It makes for a wonderful pattern plus some open space for creative quilting enhancement. Really nice job! The colors in the American Frontier have a nice deep tone and richness to them. ~smile~ Roseanne

  22. Beautiful table topper! Cascadia reminds me of a rainbow.

  23. The two traditional blocks together create a beautiful design. I love appliqué, so I think the border was the perfect finish. Thanks for bringing a little fun to our sheltering in place. Stay well.

  24. Cascasdia reminds me of basket weaves, flowing water and beautiful colors!

  25. Love it! Beautiful fabrics!

  26. love the topper & especially since it used 3″ finished blocks. I seldom think about using that small but they work really well.

  27. I like the chain effect the shoofly and snowball blocks make. Great idea.

  28. fall colors for a fall table runner

  29. This is a wonderful quilt. I love this line of batiks, reminds me of basket weaving and free motion quilting patterns – feathers and paisley and pebbles.

  30. Frontier Charm is beautiful! It’s a great example of how batiks can be used in any style of quilt.

  31. This is so pretty. I love it all, the quilting, fabric, design, and the borders. Aswesome!

  32. The border is beautiful. This fabric is absolutely wonderful. I love all the color. Makes my heart sing.

  33. How lovely and I
    love the vine on
    the edging.
    Carla from Utah

  34. Your quilt is beautiful! This fabric line reminds me of a summer flower garden in full bloom. Thanks!

  35. I can see all the fun you had creating this cute little quilt.

  36. Your table topper is beautiful, the colors remind me of a fall walk in the woods.

  37. These batiks remind me of the colors in the seasons. I love the rich tones.

  38. Such a bright, perky runner that would look good with any type of décor.

  39. Such a pretty design, and I love the colors.

  40. Beautiful topper love the colors they remind me of time spend in the south west

  41. I loved your table runner. Island Batik fabrics are beautiful as usual, and your pattern is so sweet. Love the little star flowers! Some of those fabrics remind me of basket weave!

  42. Lovely topper–the colors are beautiful!

  43. Beautiful work Carol! That AccuQuilt system makes quick work of all those appliquéd shapes!

  44. Some of the Cascadia fabrics remind me of leaves

  45. The deep, warm colors remind me of summer afternoons in mountain meadows–Yosemite, or June Lake, or even here, in our rural Pacific Northwest.

  46. Your mini quilt is absolutely beautiful. I have always loved the minis. I’ll have to try something like this for my kitchen.

  47. Love your table topper…
    The fabrics colours remind me of Mardi Gras parades, full of color variety!!

  48. Those colors do make a home feel very welcoming!

  49. I love that topper, and the fabrics you used to make it. Batiks are my favorite fabric.

  50. I love the applique border with the star shaped flowers! My favorite part of your quilt. I usually use Heat N Bond lite for fusible applique, but I recently acquired a huge roll of Steam a Seam. I’ll have to try it next time. Have a wonderful day!

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