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Quilting Dancing Umbrellas on my vintage sewing machine

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Quilting Dancing Umbrellas on my vintage sewing machine

The weather has been hot so I have been spending my time in my quilt room working on various projects including my Dancing Umbrellas table runner that needed to be quilted.

I finally finished the free motion applique and have started quilting this table runner and…..no surprise…..it is in batiks! I really love batiks for raw-edge applique.

Applique on old singer sewing machine

I am using my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. This machine is my favorite and a real workhorse.

using my Singer 15-91 sewing machine

I can’t wait to get it finished and show the table runner made with the Simple Shapes die and the Dancing Umbrella die by Edyta Star. These are the dies I used to make the quilted table runner.

AccuQuilt dancing umbrella die
AccuQuiolt GO die Simple Shapes

Here is a closeup of the little birds that are part of the Simple Shapes die. I am doing my free-motion applique around all of the pieces.

Closeup of bird appliques

Here is one of the flowers, I also added little lines on the petals and leaves.

All of the applique and the quilting was done on my 15-91 vintage Singer sewing machine and I used the Glide thread trilobal polyester. This has to be my favorite sewing machine.

Applique flower in the quilted table runner

Once I had the table runner all quilted, I added the binding using my sewing machine instead of doing it by hand. This is my favorite way to do binding.


I finished up the beautiful table runner using the Dancing Umbrellas.

Dancing Umbrella table runner finished

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  1. andrea @ tideline quilts says:

    Hi Connie! I love, love, love your dancing umbrellas quilt. Thanks for hosting another Linky Tuesday – and if you visit Pelly, please let us all know how he's making out.

  2. A 1591 Singer machine ? and in such great working order too lol
    Fabulous brollies and quilting and so pleased the rivers subsided for you!
    Hope pellys happy n healthy in his new home – and your freezers still got room for spare fish now and then!

  3. The table runner is really pretty and as always your free motion quilting is amazing. love seeing your old Singer.

  4. I love the umbrella quilt.

  5. The quilting you are doing on the umbrella project is really beautiful. I'm still really struggling with machine quilting, but realize it will take a lot more practice.

  6. Siouxzq64@gmail.com says:

    Your FMQ is gorgeous. Looks gorgeous.

  7. Your FMQ is amazing. I know you've had a lot of practce, but still!! Beautiful job, Connie.

    Any news from Pelly this week? You'd think he would have written by now. 🙂

  8. The dancing umbrellas are so sweet. I'm amazed you use that machine for appliqué; I thought machines from that era only did straight stitching.

  9. Very pretty! I am still amazed you do all that quilting on an antique sewing machine! 🙂

  10. Createology says:

    Connie your stitching is always so beautiful. Those dancing umbrellas are super cute. I wish we would get some rain and need umbrellas. Hot and dry and fire scary. So far we are safe but so many in California are not. Rain with no lightening please…

  11. Looks great so far! I love how you use the decorative stitches for the applique. And those old machines make the best stitches. Lovely!

  12. Wowsers Connie. HOW do you do such amazing quilting with that machine ?? Beautiful