Christmas Tree and Bell Table Topper

Sometimes I do designs for MadamSew, and this little table topper is one of those with two new block designs.  The Tree and Bell blocks are 10 inches square, and are set in the round.   For here, I’d like to show you how I quilted it. The patterns for the two blocks are on the Madam Sew Blog post Two Christmas Quilting Blocks.  Check out some of MadamSew‘s Weekly Deals for great bargains while you are there.  After I made the blocks, I put a border on of a Christmas print with Santa faces and lots of Christmas flowers on a black background.

Tree Bell Table Topper at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

One tip I showed there, if you have small bits of batting, join them together with a zigzag stitch using an edge joining foot.  The little flange in the middle under the foot will add just enough extra thread to the stitch so the seam lies flat.

Tree Bell Table Topper at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I have this wonderful winter pantograph that I rarely get to use.  It is a snowflake design called Flurry designed by Lisa Thiesson of Threadsongs for Willow Leaf Studio.

Tree Bell Table Topper at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Once again, I wanted the quilting design to show on the white to add a bit more interest to the large background area.  I chose a medium green Glide thread for the top, with Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Tree Bell Table Topper at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Quilting went fast and easy.

Tree Bell Table Topper at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I used it on my everyday tablescape for December.

Tree Bell Table Topper at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Cute isn’t it?

Tree Bell Table Topper at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

In just over an hour it was all quilted.  One Sunday afternoon of handwork to attach the binding to the back and it was done.

Tree Bell Table Topper at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Are you doing any holiday sewing?

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14 thoughts on “Christmas Tree and Bell Table Topper

  1. The blocks are delightful! I love all those “scrappy bits” of greens in the trees, gives “depth” to the trees. Fun pattern! I absolutely love that border fabric! 🙂 Thanks for this great holiday post. I’ve only been in my sewing room once in the last 2 weeks…..maybe this afternoon to play with the embroidery machine.

  2. Connie Boulay

    Really cute! I am finishing up a Holly table runner from my UFO pile, not really a pile, things are scattered all over the place. Quilted it last night, tonight the binding. And then my Santa stitching needs to get turned into a pillow.

  3. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, This is such a lovely table topper you designed. The quilting design you chose really does work beautifully with the open spaces and adds that extra special touch. I have not been doing any Christmas sewing this year, just working on UFO’s. Thank you for sharing this fabulous project and all of the links that I plan on visiting once I post.Have a marvelous day!

  4. Susan Nixon

    I do like the pantograph, too. It does add dimension in the green. A lovely finish! I didn’t do any Christmas sewing, except my advent challenge, but I guided a little girl in making Christmas pillows for her family members. She was thrilled with herself.

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