In the August 2020 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, you will find my latest design. It is a table topper of little rainbow paper pieced houses. I used a linen background and colorful fabrics from my stash to make this little cutie. It is a great gift idea to celebrate a new home, welcome new friends or just spiff up your own table.
Here is the cover of the August issue to look for, there are lots of fun projects in this issue just in time for summer sewing.
I designed my topper in EQ8 Quilt Design Software. It is a foundation paper pieced design that would be great for an intermediate quilter or a dedicated beginner. I find starting on paper pieced projects that are smaller is a great way to try out this technique.
I played with a lot of different color ideas, EQ8 Quilt design software makes it easy to do that, try on different fabrics and styles. Here is another color way that I played with in EQ8.
i just took my time carefully pressing and trimming. I did not want to handle too much to keep the linen edges from fraying.
I always think it is a little weird to sew upside down and backwards, lol, but the precise stitching lines it creates are so worth it.
Here is one of the 8 little house wedges all put together. Ignore my well used ironing board cover. I will have to make a new cover one of these days.
I did assembly line sewing for each section. I just love how they take shape.
I stitch the wedges into pairs aligning the seams. Then I sew the four sections of the block together to make half of the table topper. I then sew the two half together and press seams open.
I used a combination of walking foot quilting and free motion quilting on the topper. It is small enough that you can experiment with some detail to get the lovely texture.
I would love to see your version, just tag me on facebook or instagram @lorimillerdesigns
I love a good table topper. Check out my other designs on these posts.
Welcome Home Pineapple Topper information can be found HERE.
If you are new to paper piecing, you might like to try my Stardrop Table Topper first. I have a free tutorial HERE.