Autumn POP Quilt

POP Quilting, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Yesterday we talked about Pop Quilting-– a term I use to describe the machine quilting technique of alternating high density quilting with areas that are unquilted.  The areas that are unquilted become a focal point.


I received several requests to show the entire quilt–and the weather cooperated…


This technique works well on print or solid fabrics and is enhanced by using a high loft batting like wool or polyester. (I prefer wool).


This is a really fun way to add interest to any quilt.


Halloween with Grandsons…

The Little Lobster:

Halloween, Lobster

And the Adorable Monkey:

Halloween, Monkey

All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the Lobster  (or something like that)…

The Monkey stopped to pull up his sock…



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40 thoughts on “Autumn POP Quilt

  1. Thanks for the photo of the entire quilt. It’s even more beautiful than I imagined! I love it. It gives me ideas for quilting my many UFO’s that have pieced blocks. Your grandsons are two adorable trick-or-treaters!

  2. Beautiful! Just finished another UFO. Thanks to you and all your inspiration. Have both your classes and have established a good doddle habit which has helped a great deal.
    You are an amazing teacher……. Grandchildren, they are so much fun!

  3. Loved seeing the whole quilt. So pretty! The lobster costume is so creative! Both grandbabies are darling. Thank you so much for all your wonderful tutorials. They give me the confidence to try something other than meandering.

  4. I always open your blog – even if it is the only e-mail one I take time for. Today I want to quilt a small lap top for a friend that is different crosses all over. Since they are all different colors and patterns – like a scrappy. She is a beginner piecer and I am a want a be good quilter on my home machine – we are a good match – neither one too good! I have been thinking about it and possibly I would do different patterns in each cross giving me a variety of practice and interest to each block? YOUR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO QUILT IT?

  5. Those grandbabies are adorable! Thank you for sharing POP quilting. It certainly adds interest. Your quilt is lovely. I love how the background colors seem to have gone pastel-ish as they fade into the background.

  6. PS: The Grands are the greatest blessing one can have – loved seeing them. I have 3 graduates this year – one from college and two from high school. Then I will just have one left in high school – enjoy and take time as you do, as it all goes way too fast.

  7. Beautiful colors in this quilt. Lori, you inspire me everyday to be a better quilter. I now joined the AQS because of your November issue. And I have 6 pie pumpkin stems drying out waiting for your velvet pumpkins blog. You are truly gifted and I am so grateful for what you share. I am enrolled in your Craftsy classes as well. With your teaching style, I now have more confidence to continue improving my FMQ technique. God Bless, V-

  8. I like wool batting too. But recently I’ve been told not to ever iron it. I haven’t ever done that, as I have only used it for a bed quilt. However, I’m using a scrap piece of wool batting for the quilt along and was glad to receive that advice, as small quilts sometimes invite ironing…

    • Interesting. Why cant you iron it? Its funny because I made myself a large ironing board and used two layers of wool batting–worked great!

    • If you use steam or there is any moisture, the batting could shrink. Wool or cotton batting makes a wonderful padding for an ironing board or surface because of heat retention. You could buy the pre-shrunk wool batting or do what I do: for a small item that will likely get washed, you could just pre-shrink the batting –sometimes I cut the batting too large, wet it, squeeze out & put in a pillowcase to dry in the dryer on high heat. That way you can be sure it won’t shrink when it gets washed. Especially if it’s a gift — you never know how it will be cared for, which is the principal reason I prefer a poly-blend for less shrinkage).

  9. Lori, I am fairly new to your blog and I’m already learning so much. Thank you from a beginner with no artistic talent. Also, your grand kids are adorable. Carol Mc

  10. Gee whiz… I love this vase quilt as much as a Chihuly…If you put your heart and soul into this little one, you are very pretty on the inside too! (As if we didn’t know that already..LOL). Question re Color Placement.. do you just grab the next piece to sew on or do you have a “design board” and you rearrange and rearrange before sewing down? I find that I rearrange until the cows are already home. Then I have to walk away for day or week and look at it again with fresh vision. Thanks for sharing full photo of the beauty.

  11. Lori love your quilt and your grandchildren. When you make bigger quilts do you stitch in the ditch to stabilise before you freemotion quilt and if so do you use monofilament thread?

  12. Lori, what color is your thread in the multi color squares (the non-circle sections) of the main part of the quilt?

  13. Wow, seeing the whole table topper makes it even more impressive! I love it! Thanks a lot for showing this. Those grandkids are pretty special too. 😉

  14. I have never tried wool batting because I thought it would shrink when washed. The quilts I make are to be used heavily so being washable is important. Does wool batting shrink? I would like to try it.

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