Pumpkin Spice Table Topper is Finished!

Another cozy, rainy weekend in Oregon provided time to finish the Pumpkin Spice project I blogged about as a work-in-progress on November 13th.

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.

Hurray! Another project completed! I was very pleased with the finished Pumpkin Spice table topper. I think it will look lovely as a candle mat for a fragrant autumnal candle!



  1. B J Elder - December 4, 2012

    Very nice. I love the batiks you used on this, really makes it pop!

  2. cathy start - December 5, 2012

    Beautiful colors and workmanship. Congratulations- it is a blue ribbon from me!

  3. Linda VanHorn - December 6, 2012

    Does the embroidery design have to be done by hand or is there a machine design? It’s beautiful, I would like to make one for next fall.

  4. Ann - December 10, 2012

    Linda, the embroidery design is to be done by hand. It is fairly simple to embroider. I even have a second one ready to go! Hope you enjoy it also.

  5. Sharleen A Fields - June 28, 2013

    wow – you just saved my quilt – I was soooooooooooo stuck on this octagon I am making – thank you so much for the pix!