I absolutely HEART Sandy Gervais! I have
hoarded collected many of her fall fabric lines—Fall Back in Time, Pumpkins Gone Wild, and Awesome--and Grand Finale is no exception. I bought two charm packs this past summer, and when I found out I’d be hosting Thanksgiving this year, got them out and got busy!
With three little ones at every meal, tablecloths are definitely out. I wanted to make something a little fancier and more substantial than a tablerunner, so I came up with the idea of making a largish table topper that could be used for the Thanksgiving meal. In fact, I added Insul-Bright to the batting to make it heat resistant, so many of the fixins can be served straight to the table.
After making the quilt sandwich, I asked my husband if I should do straight line or squiggle quilting. He opted for squiggles. I am kind of glad he did. Sometimes I don’t have the
self-control patience to keep my lines evenly spaced and neat. Now that my squiggles are getting better, I prefer free motion quilting to straight lines. I used green thread and love how it really “pops” against the purple.
The Insul-Bright makes the quilt sandwich a tad thicker than just the Warm & White, so I increased my binding from 2.5 inches to 2.75 inches. That little increase seemed to work perfectly for machine binding. All in all, this tabletopper required almost 2 charm packs, 1 yard for backing, and 1/4 yard for binding.