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I recently came across a fun free pattern for a Ringlets Table Topper designed by Darci Schipnewski of Pastthyme Patterns.

  • For a link to the pattern, click here.
  • To read my full blog post, with lots more text and photos about making my version in patriotic fabrics, please click here.

What appealed to me about this project was that it was an easy pattern with a result that appears difficult and it gave me a chance to practice machine quilting with a decorative stitch and 12 wt. thread (equal to two strands of embroidery floss). After completing the center and borders...


I used template plastic to make the leaf template. Using my favorite fusible web, Lite Steam-Seam 2, the shapes were traced, cut out, and fused to the leaf fabric.


After using an iron to fuse the shapes to the quilt top, I basted the layers of the quilt sandwich (backing, batting, and the quilt top) with 505 Spray & Fix. Oops! Forgot to photograph this step but you can see the shapes below in the finished quilt.


Here are some close-ups of the feather stitch with a 12 wt. blue thread.


Wanting this to be a quick project, I chose to use flange binding - sewn by machine only. To learn more about this technique, please read Part 1 and Part 2 about Binding Completely by Machine.

If you are interested in learning about quilting with a decorative stitch, I share more about my experiences and what I learned (lots!) in my blog postings on this Ringlet Table Topper (please read the comments too) and Woven Place Mats.

If you decide to make the Ringlets Table Topper, I would love to see a photo! You can post pictures on:http://www.facebook.com/connectingthreads, or on Instagram by tagging us in your post. To tag us, either write @connectingthreads or #connectingthreads. Look forward to seeing yours!


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