Friday, May 8, 2015

A Spring Petals Finish

In Full Bloom
The Spring Petals Quilt Along at  The Crafty Quilter
This week, I was able to finish up my Spring Petals Table Topper !  This is my second Quilt Along completion in the last few months.  (The first project was my   Irish Chain Twist Quilt , sewing along with Melissa at Happy Quilting.)  Both have been "sew "fun and great learning experiences!

I only had one  "uh- oh" incident while finishing up the topper-

I thought it would be pretty to have a simple fleur-de-lis  pattern quilted  in the corners.   I found  a gray varigated thread, which will blend in nicely with the background fabrics and binding, and still contrast a little  with the yellow corners. 

I appliqued the petals onto the background, using a small  blanket stitch on my sewing machine.

             - Aurifil 50 Wt  cotton from a special box of Color Me Happy  (V and Co.) threads
             - Stencil  -  with fleur-de-lis pattern
             -  Frixion pen   ( iron and it disappears)

My corner is  all marked with a Frixion pen  waterproof pen

Oops!   After I marked it and started to admire the pretty classic shape , I  realized that I had used a waterproof pen that I use for making quilt labels!   My heart sank!
Then I remembered that,  fortunately,  I started to mark the quilting lines on a corner piece of fabric!  (I had originally been  thinking about starting in the center  with something  from the stencil!)
I simply ripped the stitches out from that  yellow corner piece, cut out a new triangle, and replaced it!  Whew!

I used my walking foot to quilt along the lines made with my Frixion Pen

I added this little box in the  the open area around the center flower in green

I couldn't wait to iron the Frixion marks off , after some  simple quilting touches were added to my topper.  (My scrappy fabrics   {Summersville Spring   charm pack }  are pretty busy, so I chose not to compete with the fabric designs and bright colors.)

The binding , with its unusual corners was a initially a bit  intimidating to me, but  Julie's excellent tutorial took me right through the process , in Lesson 5.  { Here }
Now I can tackle this kind of binding!  Thank you , Julie, for your awesome tutorial!

Referring to Julie's tutorial,  I was ready to attach the binding.  I grabbed a cup of coffee, and  sewed the binding 'raw edge' to 'raw edge' on the back side first.  Then , after a good pressing, I held the binding in place with my handy- dandy Wonder Clips.   

I love using these little Wonder Clips  (Clover) for sewing on binding 

I machine stitched the binding on the front side of my topper.   Before  I knew it..... the binding was finished!!

Susie's Sunroom

Spring Petals Table Topper     by Susie's Sunroom

Spring Petals Table Topper    by Susie's Sunroom

This Spring Petals table topper is a great project that can be completed in a week or a weekend, and makes a beautiful gift.   It is truly fun to make!!

Julie,  The Crafty Quilter  ,has  a Link Up showcase ,  where you can see everybody's Spring Petals Table Toppers .   {here}   

It's not too late to get started and make one of your own!  You have until June 6 to enter a Spring Petals topper.   Julie has even added a second  topper pattern... with  no applique!  { Here }     And,  to enter the link up, you don't have to have your topper quilted.  Just have a finished top!

I am going to look over the rest of my  Summersville Spring charms pack, and try to make the non - applique' table topper.    I think my Mother wants this first Spring Petals for her Mother's Day gift!!     

I'm off to my sewing room!


Linking up at:       Spring Petals  QAL @ The Crafty Quilter               and
                           Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @  Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                          Let's Bee Social  @  Sew Fresh Quilts    and
                           Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio    and
                            Sew Darn Crafty @ Sew Many Ways


  1. Your Spring Petals table topper turned out beautifully, Susie! Love those bright happy petals! What a close call with that marker, eh? Phew! Glad things all worked out okay! Happy Mother's Day!!!

  2. What a lovely table topper! The colors are perfect for spring. Amazing what can be accomplished with a walking foot, isn't it? Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Yay for you Susie, doing such a great job with your quilting! Love the corner treatments. Your table topper is so cheerful and pretty! Yikes, what a scare with the pen though. Be careful with the Frixion pens too, I have found that they lighten the fabric wherever the pen line was. It shows up on dark fabrics...lighter colors seem to do fine.

  4. Your table topper is very pretty...

  5. Very pretty and springy! I love to get inspired by your work-- I keep thinking of starting this new project, but a little daunted because of all my other projects in process-- then again, why not?

  6. Your petals are great and your table topper has turned out wonderfully. I'm keen to start a petal project soon too and am debating whether to blanket stitch them or hand stitch....oh the dilemma....thanks for sharing! Jen

  7. Your Spring Petals table topper is so cheery. I'm quite a fan of Summersville too. Your selection of fabrics is colorful and springy!
    Isabella's Whimsy

  8. I love those bright, happy colors! What luck that you marked the easiest piece to replace with that permanent marker. I can imagine how your heart must have been racing when you realized what you'd done! Someone was watching over you so you didn't start in the middle instead!!

  9. It's beautiful, Susie! The colours are so lovely. Thank goodness that you were able to fix the mistake so easily!


  10. Love it Susie. I am not at all surprised that your Mom wants it. Thank goodness that you were able to rescue it from the permanent marker. I love the Frixion pens - ingenious.

  11. This does not look easy but you pulled it off with springtime perfection. Great job! Can't go wrong with yellow, it's the happiest color!

  12. I'm not sure why I didn't see this blog post before, but here I am, a little bit late but very happy to see all of the details that went into your table topper. It's beautiful, Susie! Thanks for adding the links to my tutorial.

  13. Your table topper is gorgeous. Love the bright and cheery colours!

  14. Congratulations! Very pretty and cheerful!


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