This table topper was started back in December - the machine piecing, the hand applique (using the applique paper, glue stick and Apliquick tools method) and the hand embroidery with DMC threads was all completed, then it was packed away ready to be quilted at a later date - and has been waiting in my "small projects to be completed pile" ever since! Well, yesterday I decided it was time to quilt it, and did some very simple stitch-in-the ditch quilting to outline the snowball blocks and the star blocks. I used some thin cotton wadding and used the green star print from this collection for the backing (this was bought from Cross Patch in Wales). I knew exactly what quilting design I wanted in the borders - so the feed dogs were lowered, the stitch length set to 0, and I was busy with lots of free motion quilting using a variegated YLI quilting thread, shade "Festival" 14V. I didn't want to waste the variegated thread, so used a dark green Mettler 40wt thread in the bobbin...
...once all the quilting was done, all four sides of the table topper were stay-stitched about an eighth of an inch from the edge, using a slightly longer stitch length than usual, and the edges were trimmed. Finally some cute raw wood wooden buttons were hand stitched into place...
...a narrow single fold binding in the red stars print was used for the binding - I cut strips of fabric 1.5" wide, and joined them with a mitred seam. The binding was machined to the front of the quilt, folded over, and then hand stitched to to the back of the table topper by hand...
...I really do love these holly leaves, and love this variegated quilting thread - it really was perfect for this project, and had been in my thread box for way too long! I hadn't really played properly with my Bernina 570QE until a couple of weeks ago, and haven't tried the BSR yet - so the holly leaves were all done entirely by me!!...
...and the table topper was finally completed. This pattern is by Lynette Anderson Designs, and these fabrics are from Lynette's Festive Fun collection. I'd initially bought as a kit from Lynette's stall at the Festival of Quilts last year, along with another table runner kit that is still waiting to be made too!
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