Having finished the embroidery, it was time to add the scrappy borders and quilt the table topper. The first step was to trim the corners at 3-1/4” marks to make it an octagon.
I tried a batik fabric with a stripe effect for the first border, but decided it appeared too chopped up when sewn on the octagon shape.
The tonal (tone-on-tone) look of 4883 Spotted Texture Root Beer worked better for the first border and complemented the brown pumpkin stems.
After adding the scrappy outer border made of several batiks, I layered the batting, backing right side up, and embroidered top right side down. The three layers were sewn together using a ¼” seam allowance and leaving a 3” opening. I trimmed the backing and batting to match the top, and turned the table topper right side out.
Quilting was simply stitch-in-the-ditch along the borders and sewing ¼” from the edge.