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    Question My first Table topper

    Thank you QB members. I saw a tutorial on this board and attempted it. I like it but have a question ..
    If I use batting under the top, won't it be soft? Thick quilting is beyond my capabilities!
    I want to place tall candle stands on it, so would batting be a wrong choice? If so, what should I use between the top and the back?
    I would appreciate any advice you have for me.
    Thanks!
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    I would use interfacing instead of batting, any kind that I had laying around.
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    I love that it is beautiful.

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    Just use flannel on the back and skip batting. beautiful table runner.

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    It is just beautiful.

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    You did a great job on the table runner!

    I use Warm and White -- it is not thick and it quilts real nice. I have also used a Pellon fleece -- that is also nice and flat but since I sometimes set hot stuff on the table runner I prefer the cotton.
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    Beautiful. I made a few of those and used low loft batting and they are just fine. I can put things on them. They lay flat.

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    Pellon fleece sold BTY with the interfacings at the fabric store. It comes fusible and non fusible both. I prefer the non. It's 45" wide so most runners fit on a 3/8 yard. Your runner will be lovely. I like the lights with the dark feature fabric.

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    I use low loft or Pellon fleece which I really like for table toppers. Yours is beautiful!!! Such a great addition for Christmas decorating!!!
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    love your colors! i would use warm and natural, no batting at all.
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    love your colors! I would use warm and natural, no batting at all.
    Are you starting to make Christmas gifts already?
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    Thank you for all the suggestions. I don't hv fleece and .hv never used it so for now will go with one of the others.
    And thanks for the Thumbs -up.......now I like it even more

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3incollege View Post
    love your colors! I would use warm and natural, no batting at all.
    Are you starting to make Christmas gifts already?
    Since I am still a newbie and little experience , I am SLOW....rip rip rip happens a bit too often !!!!
    Though it may be as much the EXCITEMENT to use the fabrics I bought when visiting The USA this year !!!!

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    Love your fabric choices and your pattern. Great job.

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    that is a really nice table runner great job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3incollege View Post
    love your colors! i would use warm and natural, no batting at all.
    Maybe this is a stupid question but isn't warm and natural a batting?? Also, if you use fleece or flannel, would that also be your backing for the tablerunner?
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    Love you tablerunner! You don't have to put batting in it if you don't want to. I love Hobbs 80/20 fusible quilt batt in my tablerunners and placemats. I did the same pattern that you used but ironed a full backing piece to the back of my batt. I then ironed the square centered in the middle. I attached the strips in the sew and flip method (ironing out each strip) thereby quilting it to the back as I went. When it was finished, I trimmed the whole tablerunner edge and added binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey58 View Post
    Thank you QB members. I saw a tutorial on this board and attempted it. I like it but have a question ..
    If I use batting under the top, won't it be soft? Thick quilting is beyond my capabilities!
    I want to place tall candle stands on it, so would batting be a wrong choice? If so, what should I use between the top and the back?
    I would appreciate any advice you have for me.
    Thanks!
    I've discovered that 70s and 80s thick double knits make an excellent backing for table top items. Just thick enough to make quilting show and not too slippery for use on a table. I inherited a ton of double knit scraps so anything I can do with them I'll try. I know that double knits don't follow some folks strict idea of quilting, but I'm old enough that I come from the "make do" generation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey58 View Post
    Since I am still a newbie and little experience , I am SLOW....rip rip rip happens a bit too often !!!!
    Though it may be as much the EXCITEMENT to use the fabrics I bought when visiting The USA this year !!!!
    I'm 65 and have been sewing over 55 of those years. My seam ripper is still my best buddy!
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    So beautiful!!!! Low loft batting should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Love you tablerunner! You don't have to put batting in it if you don't want to. I love Hobbs 80/20 fusible quilt batt in my tablerunners and placemats. I did the same pattern that you used but ironed a full backing piece to the back of my batt. I then ironed the square centered in the middle. I attached the strips in the sew and flip method (ironing out each strip) thereby quilting it to the back as I went. When it was finished, I trimmed the whole tablerunner edge and added binding.
    thanks...think I will try it for the next one which is to be the same pattern in different fabrics ...each day I learn something new on this Board.

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    Thanks for using the tute I posted! Your runner came out beautifully! I usually use a low loft batting for my runners. I've never had a problem with tall candles tipping with it. Also, Tartan has a good idea of quilt as you go too. This is the perfect pattern for that. Let us see the next one also!

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    that is so pretty

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    That is so pretty. Would use a piece of flannel that is what I used. Would be interested in how you are going to finish off the edge. I am attempting binding. Still having trouble with inside corners.

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    Geat Job!!!!
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