Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 1 of the Table Topper Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the "Spring is in the Air" Table Topper Blog Hop!  


I am so happy to be participating in such a trend setting blog hop!  Thank you, Madame Samm.  When you put the call out for table toppers, I could say "Yes!  I have some to show!"  And of course since then, I have made just a few more.  Table toppers are certainly coming into their own and getting so popular!  


For this Blog Hop,  it's all about the pictures.  I used designs and patterns from a variety of sources and will share them with you. If you see a table topper you want more info about, just let me know in your comment and I'll get back to you.  


So without further ado, let's get started!


Here in Nova Scotia, you have to have a cold winter before you can have a warm(?) Spring.   So what better way to liven up the livingroom in winter than with Mr. Blueman! (Pattern by  Sherri Falls of This and That Pattern Company.) 




February arrives full of promise and lots of love! (Pattern for the Be Mine stitchery is a First Friday Freebie by Kaaren of The Painted Quilt.)




And you can never have too much love! Heart to Heart Pattern by Victoria White. 




Looking for a cozy house? Inspiration from Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts from her book "Friendship Strips and Scraps". 



Easter came and went, so I just had to have a few baskets.  I used Kathleen Tracey's Civil War Baskets pattern and arranged them to fit my frame.  



I love the fact that a block for a table topper can be almost anything you want!  So I decided I wanted to make something with selvedges.  I've been collecting them for awhile and found instructions in Volume 2 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks that was perfect for me... Block 168, Upcycle, designed by Karen Griska.  I wanted to make something bright and cheerful, so this is my salute to the Blog Hop, my "Spring is in the Air" block! 



I've had so much fun making these table toppers. All of them were hand quilted, many using colored thread and often quilted with large utility stitches...which I love. And all of these were quilted in my quilting chair as I waited for the sun to come up and watched some favorite movies on the TV...multi-tasking! 


Thank you, Madame Samm, for hosting this Blog Hop.  It was a wonderful idea that you had back when Spring looked like it would never arrive.  I'm going to finish off my parade today with one more table topper...a very special one.  In March, I was gifted a wonderful "extra" block of wonky houses made by Madame Samm herself! We were participants in Jane's Wonky House Block Exchange.   I already had the 12 wonky exchange blocks the quilt called for, and this "extra" was a true treasure for me when it arrived and one I wanted to keep at hand.  What better way than to create a table topper? A little hand quilting, some cute border fabric, and Presto!, my table topper tribute to Madame Samm... 


My table topper parade has come to an end and what a ride it has been.  Thank you so much for coming by to visit! Madame Samm and her wonderful sponsors are making lots of prizes available throughout the Blog Hop. I'd like to add my Giveaway to the table!  But rather than offer a new Giveaway here, I'd like to invite you to participate in two current Giveaways that I announced on Saturday on my blog. Deadlines are fast approaching, so to enter click HERE and HERE.  

Make sure you visit the other blogs today for lots of inspiration and excitement.  The full schedule is below.  Just click to go to their blogs.


Table Topper Blog HOP Schedule


Monday April 16th


Lesley (Me!)




Tuesday April 17th






Wednesday April 18th






Thursday April 19th






Friday April 20th 









Monday April 23rd



Patty D






Tuesday  April 24th



Syd 






Wednesday April 25th 










It's a great day for quilting!



66 comments:

  1. Sew, sew pretty, Lesley.

    Lots of wonderful eye candy there to start my day.

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  2. Good Morning Leslie...oh wow..surprise surprise...ALLLLLL of your table toppers are scrumptious...love the last one too...you are too funny...really you outdid yourself my dear....love the heart..you have a lot of it

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  3. Lesley~all of your quilties are sew very pretty! I especially love the snowman and the selvege quilties! Nice job and thanks for sharing them all with me!

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  4. Such pretty little quilts. I want to make some more too.

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  5. I joined Marcia's Linking blog and have come across your site. I have enjoyed reading several of your posts and look forward to receiving future posts. I just became your 106'd Follower.

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  6. I really love that selvage topper! All of your projects look great! Our blog hop is off to a wonderful start!

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  7. Your variety of toppers is wonderful. Thanks for sharing them.

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  8. such fun mini quilts. Kaaren has shared some really nice patterns with her readers. Love the selvage one.

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  9. Leslie, your toppers are all gorgeous!! How much fun that you are participating in the Blog Hop! Cape Breton, eh? I'll be there on Sunday and I'm so excited to be heading 'home'. You're picture looks mighty familiar to me. I'm sure I've seen you around the 'island' at one of the quilt shows (or two?)! ~karen

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  10. lovely quilts. very nice to see a traditional basket block sharing time with a modern selvedge block.

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  11. Lesley ~ they are all fabulous, my favorite is the one with the selvages! ~~Jodie

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  12. Your table toppers are stunning! And lucky you, to receive the swap blocks from Madame! Really wonderful post today, my friend!

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  13. Love all your table toppers!

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  14. Your quilt parade is simply delightful - really! My favorite, I believe, is Spring is in the Air. You have accomplished so much! ~Kelly

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  15. If I had to choose a favourite, I think it would be Mr Blueman, but then again ....

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  16. Beautiful little quilts! I love the blue one the very best!
    Thanks for sharing all of them!
    Enjoy your day!

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  17. I have enjoyed your table topper parade. All of these table toppers are priceless. I cannot just pick one because each is unique and is just perfect for your table topper. What a great way to start spring. Thank you.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  18. I enjoyed your parade through the year so far. All of your minis are beautiful! Thank you.

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  19. wow you sure went all out!! everything is so pretty!

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  20. Oh they are all so wonderful! Love the settings of each photo. Now you have me inspired with the selvadge - I have been saving and gifting on to another quilter, but I think I am going to have to save some for this little mini for myself. Thank you for sharing the first day of the Table Topper Blog Hop with us.

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  21. What a wonderful parade of mini toppers , love them all ,you are so creative , if I had to choose a favorite I think it might be the last one , that is just so cute. Wonderful job!!

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  22. What a lovely picture show. My favourite is the selvedge table topper but the snowman is a close second :)
    Margaret

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  23. Lesley, Love all of your toppers. My favorite is the one made from the Selvedges. I hadn't thought to make a stitchery into a Table Topper. Now look what you've done, I'll be up half the night thinking about what to stitch next. Better than worrying about work.

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  24. Thank you for sharing your toppers. What fun to be able to change them with the seasons and holidays. It won't take much for me to take of the challenge to make these for myself or gifts!

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  25. Sweet table toppers--I love the selvedge one! Gives me an idea to change the table topper with the seasons--fun!!

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  26. Oh so cute and sew many! My day will only display one but now that I finally did it, I know I will do more.

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  27. Your table toppers are all gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  28. Really cute mini quilts Lesley - I think my favorite is the snowman. I love embroidery but mostly do red instead of blue so this has made me rethink my own! blessings, marlene

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  29. What pretty table toppers Lesley...especially love the cozy house!! TFS
    ~Terry~

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  30. Oh Lesley, You have outdone yourself! I am in love with your bluework!! and the block from Samm, what a super idea. Thanks for sharin!

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  31. How lucky are you to have a CUPPA Table Topper from our one and only Madame Samm!! Lucky You!! Love the way you featured it in your wire hangar.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  32. I secretly believe that you are going to have one-a-week and wouldn't that be fun. Love your table toppers. Thanks for participating. Judy C

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  33. Love all of your table toppers and am now looking for a space to put one in my home.

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  34. Love all your table toppers. I have one of those frames and couldn't think of what to make for it.

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  35. What an inspiration you are. So many table toppers, and each one unique. Beautiful.

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  36. Great table toppers. I especially like the use of the selvages.

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  37. Love the table toppers...I must start saving the salvages.....very cool.

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  38. your table toppers are soooo sweet and thanks for the giveaway links :)

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  39. what a nice parade of toppers
    in stitches

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  40. Wow! Marvelous job on all of your toppers ... really inspirational :) Thank you for sharing!

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  41. Beautiful minis! Very inspiring. Each one is a work of art. Wow. Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

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  42. Lesley, your table toppers are wonderful. I think you have even inspired me to have a go at making some of these. I do like the idea of making something little and being able to display it on a stand.
    Thank you for the wonderful parade.

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  43. Lesley, oh those are great! So cute, and switch out so easy for each season/month. Great use of the bonus block, I must say... (Hmmm... that gives me an idea for my turn on Wednesday). Well done!

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  44. Love your tabletoppers Lesley....thanks for all the new links for me to check out after dinner.

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  45. totally in love with your snowman! have to go to nova scotia on day. I was born there but left very young, don't remember, maybe one summer will go in family trip! all your topper are beautiful! i'm now following your blog by email!

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  46. Oh wow! They are all so wonderful!

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  47. I love the embroidery! I WILL learn!!! Soon I hope! :-)

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  48. LOVE YOUR WORK!
    ESPECIALLY LOVE THE BASKET TABLETOPPER!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  50. Lovely Lovely blocks! They all turned out wonderful. ;)

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  51. I love your embroidary work! I am so jealous! I am not very good at that yet! I've been working on it :)

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  52. Congratulations on the lovely table toppers. The selvedge topper is my favorite.

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  53. All of your minis are gorgeous.. I love the idea of using the table topper frame for seasonal quilts. :o)

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  54. Your table topper parade are beautiful...I love them all, from the choice of colors, and the pattern used everything are beautifully done!!

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  55. Thanks for the inspiration. My favourite is the snowman.

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  56. Oh my gosh, they are all amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Each one is wonderful, Lesley. (Don't you just love Kaaren's designs?)
    See you next week for Thimbleberries Sew Day! ... Karen

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  58. I wish you could hear all the oohing and aahing going on! - actually even if you were here you couldnt since I am voiceless! I am doing "Giraffe cheers" for all your lovely table toppers!

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  59. What wonderful table toppers! I think my favorite is the cozy house!

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  60. Your have created a very nice collection of table topper quilts. I especially like the salvege quilt and your CW baskets. Thank you for getting this wonderful blog hop off to a good start.

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  61. You have been very busy Lesley...and what a wonderful parade of table toppers. Luv them all.....great idea using the salvages...I have a basket full. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing in the blog hop!! Blog hops always sEw much fun!!

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  62. Thanks so much for sharing your quilts, they are truly fabulous. I love the colour and different ways you have created them.

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  63. You have given me some fun ideas. Thank you for your hard work!

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