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The trick to quilting for texture | Double batting

The trick to quilting for texture | Double batting

by Robin Bogaert

Yesterday, the table topper quilt top came together nicely with satin and zigzag stitching for raw edge applique. Today is quilting day with Fairfield Quilter’s 80/20 Quilt Batting. We’re adding lots of texture to the 4 seasons with extra batting. To top it all off, I’m adding even more dimension with decorative Dress It Up buttons resulting in a really interesting and creative Circle The Seasons Table Topper.

Let’s prepare for quilting.

  1. Lay your backing fabric on a hard surface making sure it’s at least 30” wide, and tape it to the surface so that it’s smooth but not taut. Place the backing right side down to the surface, and the wrong side facing up.
  2. Cut out two 30” x 30” pieces of quilt batting, layer them together, then lay them centered on the backing.

TIP Quilting with 2 layers allows for more quilting texture to show up, gives the quilt more dimension and shows off the quilting work more effectively. Two layers of Fairfield Quilter’s 80/20 Quilt Batting is the perfect product for this.

  1. Place the newly stitched table topper right side up on top of the quilt batting.
  2. Use a basting spray or quilting pins to baste all layers together.

A circular quilt top placed on top of 2 layers of quilt batting; Fairfield Quilter's 80/20 Quilt Batting, Odif 505 Temporary Adhesive for fabric

All layers basted together

5. Once the layers are basted together, trim all layers, leaving about 2” of batting and backing around the quilt top to              allow for quilting sprawl. Now it’s ready to quilt.

Picture of the circle the seasons table topper quilt sandwiched, basted and trimmed, ready for quilting; Fairfield Quilter's 80/20 Quilt Batting

Trimmed and ready to quilt

6. Insert a free motion foot and lower the feed dogs on the sewing machine. Using a thread to match or blend with the            background and backing, start quilting in the center around the clouds, keeping the stitches close to the edges. I moved          on to the houses next and quilted close to all the stitching lines, and then on to all the smaller details. Once the details          were complete, I added texture to the sky with wavy lines and swirls. I quilted the sky differently for each season to                  deliberately depict the weather and quilted the landscape lines last to show off hills, valleys, fields, grass, and snow.

A close-up of the sky quilting showing wavy lines and spirals and the texture of the quilting with the thick 2 layers of batting

See the texture in the quilting

7. After you finish quilting, it’s time to trim and bind. The quilt should measure about 25” in diameter. I used                             approximately 85” x 2½” of bias binding in a solid navy cotton fabric for my binding. I recommend sewing the binding           to the front, folding it, and clipping it towards the back. I then hand-slip stitched the binding to the quilt backing. You           can also machine sew the binding.

A picture of the finished table topper with the binding sewn to the front and the binding fold to the black and clipped to hold, ready for sewing

Bias binding sewn to the front, folded to the back and clipped ready for sewing

8. I sewed on Dress It Up buttons to all seasons – delightful daisies for summer, oak leaf for fall, snowflakes for winter             and butterflies for spring.

Picture of a package of Dress It Up flower buttons in turquoise, pink, green yellow, orange and purple with gold sparkly centers

Dress It Up Delightful Daisies

Package of Delightful Daisy buttons, pink butterfly buttons, orange oak leaf buttons and white snowflake buttons; Dress It Up

Buttons to embellish the table topper

Picture of the orange oak leaf buttons sewn onto the green pasture and yellow field of the fall scene; Dress It Up

Leaf buttons for fall

Pink butterfly buttons sewn onto the spring scene, flying around the tree, bunny rabbit and tulips; Dress It Up

Butterfly buttons for spring

Snowflake buttons sewn to the winter scene, one is on the roof of a house and one is sewn into the swirling winter sky; Dress It Up

Snowflake buttons for winter

Pink, yellow and green daisy buttons are sewn on the quilt top next to the house in the spring scene; Dress It Up

Delightful daisies for summer

A photo of the completed Circle The Seasons Table Topper with 4 seasons of landscape depicted inside a circle, appliqued, quilted and embellished

It’s done!

Check it out on my round table.

A picture of the finished quilted circular table topper on a glass round table surrounded by 4 chairs

Looking great on my round table

Also, great for a children’s table.

Showing the finished circular quilted table topper on a children’s square wooden table with 4 chairs

Looking good on my grandchildren’s table

This Circle The Seasons Table Topper project was so much fun. Be sure to download the free original pattern and give it a try if you haven’t already. It looks great on a round table but you can use it on any shaped table. I had so much fun with my stash of solid fabric, HeatnBond Lite, Dress It Up buttons, Fairfield Quilter’s 80/20 Quilt Batting and Gütermann Invisible Nylon Thread. Look for these products at a quilt or sewing store near you. This was a great creative outlet during a wintery time when there’s always hope for other gorgeous seasons! I sincerely hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post. Enjoy a great weekend.

This is part 5 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 4: Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread | Applique FUN!


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