Silver and Gold – an Island Batik Christmas

Screen shot Snowman singing Silver and Gold

A screen shot from the song Silver and Gold

One of my favorite Christmas TV shows growing up was Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. A quick google search told me it debuted in 1964 – I dare say I’ve watched it all my childhood and all of our boys’ younger years. As much as I like the story I do believe I’m drawn more to the voice of Burl Ives. As I was working on the binding for my December Island Batik project I began singing “Silver and Gold”… let me explain…

The challenge this month was to make a table topper – and with the title of “table scraps,” I knew I wanted to use some of my Island Batik Christmas prints. I love the metallic gold on Christmas prints, it’s just so festive don’t you think?

A couple of Christmases ago I made a quilt using Island Batik precuts and had a few strips left over…

Hunter Star Christmas quilt made with Island Batik fabrics
Hidden Star, original design by Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, 68 x 68
Christmas fabric to make Refraction quilt, a Studio 180 Design pattern
Island Batik metallic Christmas prints will be perfect

I had a perfect Studio 180 Design pattern in mind, Refraction, that called for only six 2.5″ strips. Using my Diamond Rects tool I got busy cutting out the pieces.

fabric cut with Diamond Rects tool

cutting diamond fabric with Diamond Rects tool

cutting fabric rectangles with diamond rects tool

Personal sewing takes a backseat this time of year to customer quilts promised for Christmas but I do try to reserve Sunday afternoons for myself. Hate to admit it took almost a “month of Sunday’s” to finish my quick project but I’m pleased that I’m not finishing it up NEXT Sunday, Christmas Eve! I think I will take the day off!

seam ripper beside pieced fabric units

sewing diamond rectangles

sewing diamond rectangle units

the wrong side of a diamond rectangle unit

pressing open seams in a diamond rectangle unit

I remembered to “enjoy the process” even when I had to frog (rip-it) on my first day of sewing. Sometimes things just don’t go according to plan. It’s a great little pattern, one that could be made in a variety of Island Batik fabrics for other seasons.

It was soon time to put on the border and that’s when I had a slight design change – instead of the background fabric called for in the pattern I dug through my Island Batik Ambassador box and found two matching Christmas prints that had been included in those cute little 5″ scrap builder bundles!

silver and gold quilting thread in a Christmas table runner
Silver and Gold metallics in the fabric and thread make this table topper festive

I just love the way the blue fabric made this pop! I quilted the interior with a military gold and the border with silver – and that’s when I started singing “Silver and Gold” – I do believe there’s a song for everything!

Silver and Gold thread was used to quilt this Christmas version of Refraction pattern by Studio 180 Design
Island Batik Ambassador Table Scraps December 2017 Challenge

I’m very pleased with the outcome, a wonderful way to use up my scraps. And a nice way to end the year of my Island Batik Ambassador challenges. We have one more left for this cycle – a fabulous Blog Hop in January that I’m most eager to share. After that, a new season begins with new boxes and new challenges!

In the meantime – here’s a short clip that I hope will be a walk down memory lane that will have you singing “Silver and Gold.”


This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, reminding you to check the other Ambassador’s blog posts to see their table toppers!

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