I had just purchased some variegated holiday thread and wanted to test it on something before I used it on a customer quilt.  So, I decided to make myself a Christmas table topper. I thought the variegated thread would look good in a poinsettia design. Using white muslin fabric on top, I marked a center point on my quilt, then I marked approximate points in a circle to quilt the poinsettias. I freehanded my design onto the quilt. The flowers looked kind of plain, so I quilted a fill-in design to cover the entire area

poinsettias with background fill









Now the poinsettias don’t stand out very much, so I decided to color them using colored pencils. Here is a picture of the completed table topper.
Here is a picture of my cat Casper (of Black Tail Design fame) sitting on the table, next to the table topper