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table topper I finished last month

damascusannie | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

Here’s a table topper I’ve been working on all summer. I pieced the topper, then appliqued the stems and leaves when I did the quilting.

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie


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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    You have been a very busy lady! I love the shades of pinks and roses! Such fine detail as well. You really do lovely work Annie. Cathy

    1. damascusannie | | #4

      My daughter gets the credit for the color scheme. I started it as a "Pretty in Pink" challenge project for another forum and I was going to go with brown and pink, but Rachel suggested the greens instead. I'm so glad she did--it matches our couch this way.

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        ThreadKoe | | #5

        Yes, the contrasting green makes everything POP! The brown would have been a very good choice also, very up to date and current. I always have preferred a more classic choice I guess. Pinks are one of my favs anyway. Just loved the precision in your work. Thanks for providing the up close and personal pic. Cathy

        1. damascusannie | | #6

          For me the "up close and personal" is what really makes or breaks a quilt. I love FM quilting, so that's the part that I tend to focus on. I'm piecing a queen-sized quilt at the moment, but I'm constantly thinking about how I'm going to quilt it.

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            ThreadKoe | | #7

            Sounds like you are deep in the midst of all your personal projects you have been longing to do. Congrats! Happy Sewing! Cathy

          2. damascusannie | | #8

            I am--and loving every minute of it!

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    JunkQueen | | #2

    That is lovely, Annie. Is your house log? I was looking at the hanging quilt earlier, and it appears it may be. I love the beams.

    1. damascusannie | | #3

      Yes, our house is log, locally harvested and sawn on-site. It was a learning experience building this one!

  3. Gloriasews | | #9

    It's beautiful, Annie!  What batting do you use?  Warm & Natural (cotton)?


    1. damascusannie | | #10

      I do use Warm and Natural 100% cotton. It's my favorite for machine quilting.

      1. Gloriasews | | #18

        Do you preshrink your batting?  Or do you like the look the quilt it gets later when it's washed?  You do beautiful work, nevertheless!  Thanks for sharing.


        1. damascusannie | | #19

          Sometimes yes, sometimes no. For a bed quilt I don't usually preshrink the batting because I like the slight puffiness that I get from the batting after washing. For the Round Robin wall quilt, I did preshrink because I want that one to remain very flat.

          1. Gloriasews | | #20

            Thanks, Annie.  I see what you mean - the puffiness does look nice on bed quilts, but, in other applications, you need the quilt to be flat.  How does it work with round robins, though?  Does everyone agree to preshrink or not - or does everyone just do what they want to?


          2. damascusannie | | #22

            On a round robin, all that the others work on is the top of the quilt, I added the batting and did all the quilting myself.

          3. Gloriasews | | #24

            Of course!  What was I thinking???   I know that!  (I can't believe I asked you that, and you're probably wondering about me at this stage, too, eh)?  ha ha ha.  Sorry, Annie!


          4. damascusannie | | #25

            Been a long day? >grin<

          5. Ceeayche | | #26

            your table quilt was very pretty.  I also visited your website and got a peak at your studio.  what a blessing! 

            Like the others, I'm impressed with the precision and intracacies of your quilts.  Can't wait to see more!

          6. Gloriasews | | #27

            Yes!  Even today, I laugh at myself, as I still feel foolish - so I give my head a shake :).  I really do wonder what I was thinking (or obviously NOT thinking)!  O well, no harm done . . .  Thanks for bearing with me :)


          7. damascusannie | | #28

            I call them "Duh" moments when they happen to me!

          8. Gloriasews | | #29

            Thank you - that's exactly what they are :)   It's nice to know I'm not the only one who has them.


          9. damascusannie | | #30

            I figure it's a good day if I only have one or two!

          10. Gloriasews | | #31

            No kidding :)


  4. MaryinColorado | | #11

    It is lovely, as is all your work that I've seen.  Your piecework and stitching is so precise, the applique really enhances the fabric choices.  I wish I could combine fabrics the way you do, your experience really shines through.  Mary

    1. damascusannie | | #12

      Shucks! I'm blushing! I just love quilting and I do have quite a bit of art training in my past, which helps in the color choices and designing, but sometimes you just get lucky. The fact that I started making this topper in April and then in September one of our daughters moved into a smaller apartment and sold us her couch which just happens to match it was definitely pure luck! The couch also matches our painted floors and trim in the living room--how cool is that?

      1. MaryinColorado | | #13

        Very very very cool!  Or actually, warm and inviting!!!  It looks as if you also created a lovely home and a happy life!  (I'd love to get away from the maddening crowd and live in a more rural area, you are truly blessed!)  I imagine the  autumn colors are really starting to pop there.  We took a 4 hour drive through the mountains near here to see the Aspens turning, it is such a beautiful time of year.  Mary

        1. damascusannie | | #14

          We are actually disappointed in our autumn so far--we have yet to get a killing frost and without one, we don't get good color. It's still pretty green, with a bit of yellowing, but not the brilliant color we usually get from all the maples in the woods. Our poplar leaves, which usually turn a bright gold are just getting sort of brownish-yellow and then dropping off the trees. Part of it is due to a dry summer, too. Oh well, the trade-off is that it's been lovely and warm and we've only needed to make a fire in the parlor stove a few times.

          1. MaryinColorado | | #15

            You are having the kind of Fall that we usually have here, so we have to go up to the mountains to see the beautiful colors.  When I first left Illinois, I got homesick every Autumn because here it feels as if we skip the season.  Like we miss the transition and there's a gap in space and time.  I think where we live affects our body rhythm or something. 

            Today I am working on sheer sparkle organza for my studio curtains.  It's been awhile since I've sewn this type of fabric.  I normally sew with natural fabrics so this is a bit fussy.  Teeny tiny needle and a heavy presserfoot and longer stitches on the sewing machine after serging the edges.  It's just a fling for me though, trying to make a more whimsical space.  Then it's on to the adventure of dollmaking which I used to love to do.  Mary

          2. damascusannie | | #16

            I've been eavesdropping on your conversation at "Getting My Groove Back" and I can't wait to see your studio re-do. I think your curtains sound wonderful.

          3. MaryinColorado | | #17

            Thanks for the encouragement!  The pale rose batiste ones I took down probably took me an hour from start to finish, this slippery fabric is like a spoiled child so I must be patient with the process.  Mary

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    VKStitcher | | #21

    Such a pretty table topper--I like the combination of the straight lines (log cabin & stems) and curves (leaves & stippling).  You do beautifully detailed work.  Thanks for sharing the photos.

    1. damascusannie | | #23

      Thanks! The pattern was designed by my quilt pattern partner, Deb.

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