Quilted Autumn Table Topper

As usual, I’m working on multiple projects as well as customer quilts. Soon I’ll post progress on those. But today, this post is a table topper I made last fall. A 10 year old Christmas table topper has been on my coffee table. I made it before I bought a longarm. Definitely past time for it to go.

This pattern is from happyquiltingmelissa.com. The pattern Star Light Star Bright can be found under Quilt Alongs.

What is so great great about this pattern is that she gives instructions for making any size or number of blocks you could possibly want. I made one 24″ block for my table topper.


I quilted straight lines in the busy autumn fabric, concentrating most of my efforts on the places where quilting would show. The leaf and acorn motifs were traced onto Sulky Solvy, pinned on the fabric, and stitched. After binding, I immersed the quilt in water to dissolve the Solvy. Worked like a charm!




I made a mistake in color placement but this version of the block would work if you wanted a strong diagonal in your quilt.

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Beatrix Potter Baby Quilt

This is a great baby quilt especially if you have some fabric that’s been in your stash for far too long. I bought way too much of this Beatrix Potter fabric many years ago and I’m still trying to get rid of it. I added Moda Bella white and pink Kona cotton.


Quilt measurers 36″ x 36″  Finished block size of 9″

center squares are cut 5 1/2″

pink blocks have a cut 1 1/2″ white border and a cut 1 1/2″ pink border

white blocks have a cut 2 1/2″ white border

If you want it bigger, be sure to add one row AND one column so the pink blocks are lined up.

Quilt, bind and you’re done. Easy.

I quilted mine with hooked feathers and little flowers. I use extra fabric strips for the back.
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Classical Beauty

Once again my customer and friend, Mary, has pieced a beauty. You would have to see this quilt in person to appreciate the precision of her piecing. The border print has a small circular motif at the edge and the seam is exactly the same distance from that motif all around the quilt. The miters on the borders match exactly. I can’t begin to even figure out how to piece this accurately.

Here’s the entire quilt.



The embroidered blocks had a bit of rippling from the embroidery. So I put a piece of Quilters Dream wool the exact size behind the embroidery and stitched a very fine McTavishing. Ripples gone.

Center block has continuous curve, curved crosshatching and feathers.



The blue border has a simple zig zag.
Here’s more of the embroidered blocks. Flying geese have line dancing and feathers. Blue and white border print around center block has scallops.



I quilted a freehand feather meander in the quarter square triangle blocks. Really doesn’t show in pictures. I really love the chevron border top and bottom. Straight lines in the centers and curved crosshatching in the triangles.


The last border was a challenge for me. It’s very wide. I divided it by stitching a straight line in a little white line in the print all the way around, on both sides. Whew. That was tough!! Then after trying 4 different freehand designs and ripping them out, I stitched 1/2″ double piano keys. Everything else I tried ended up showing up and then disappearing in the print. The result was muddy and confusing. So I decided straight lines worked best. The two sections on both sides got zig zags.


I’m pleased with the results. Repeated designs tie the quilt together and all are appropriate for a classic.

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Lost City – Cuzco Quilt

This pattern by Kate Spain uses her line of fabric called Cuzco. It is easy to imagine her inspiration being the Lost City of Cusco. When I research this Inca city, I found the pictures showed walls that went across the mountain, almost horizontally. So I thought the quilting should reflect the Inca influence.

Quilt top was pieced by my friend and customer, Lynette.

Thought I would try taking some photos outside since the light in the house seems dim. But then, the trees were creating shadows.




I used Rainbows variegated thread, with colors that are in the quilt, to quilt double lines following the piecing lines. Also used the Rainbows to stitch an Inca cross called Chakana in this area. In between those lines I quilted double lines and the white area with white Sew Fine thread.


Since I pebbled the center circle, I repeated these circles in several other different areas.


The large white area kept telling me to quilt something with vertical emphasis. So I divided the space into three areas and filled them with swirls and a design I thought was very “Incan.” You can see instructions for this design at Feathered Fibers. She calls it “Sprocket.”





This quilt was quite a challenge for me since it is my first modern quilt that seem to ask for extremely dense quilting. Frankly, I told a well known modern quilter that I was “freaking out” about it. Not far from the truth. But in the end, I practiced several ideas on my computer, went with my instincts, and watched the design develop as I drew in the lines. Didn’t turn out too bad! JIMO

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Classic Bluework Embroidery Quilt

This lovely bluework quilt top was made by Carolyn. She told me to do what I wanted and I was in a feather mood. So I stitched around most of the embroidery, leaving some of it not stitched to give it dimension. Then I stitch a frame and filled it with my version of McTavishing. I added some leaves and flowers here and there. The area outside of the frame was feathered. The border has swags with feathers and 1/8″ straight lines.

All quilting done with Sew Fine in an off white. That helped me to see where I had stitched.




A few of the blocks.





The border


Thanks Carolyn for giving me the opportunity to be in feather heaven.


Snowy Quilt, McTavishing, and Innova

I continue to work on my Snowy quilt inbetween working on customers’. Sometimes I just have to set my own aside and spend a week or two on customer quilts so I don’t get too far behind.

Below is a picture of my version of McTavishing around the letters, which are only 1 1/2inches at most. I always stitch around letters right in the ditch first. Then do the background fill.




I haven’t mentioned my longarm for a long time. Back in August I purchased an Innova with lightning stitch. This quilt is the first custom where I am stitching in complicated areas such as the letters and doing designs such as McTavishing. I couldn’t be happier. The control is great and the stitch regulator always gives me the right size stitches, beautifully formed. It’s definitely a machine that performs well.

Thanks Innova and The Virginia Longarm Network.


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