A few years ago, I took a class to learn about the process of needle turn applique. The teacher was a little ADD, so went off on other tangents during the class, and I never really learned how to accomplish that technique. For the class, I had to purchase a very expensive pattern, “My Whimsical Quilt Garden,” by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins,which included darling applique templates. I got the idea to make a table topper using some of the designs included in the pattern.
I got quite the response from my sons when they saw the completed project. Amazingly, they both wanted me to make them table toppers. There’s nothing sweeter than seeing my handwork displayed in my children’s living spaces. My older son, Eric, took his to work and hung it up in his office. One of his secretaries loved it so much, she asked if I would make one for her grandchild’s room. Of course, I did.
If you have a stash of fat quarters or fabric left over from a quilt, this table topper is a wonderful way to highlight them. You can use any template for your designs. I just loved these because of their whimsical nature. I find one of the greatest joys of any type of handwork is using your imagination and creativity.