Country Fair Mini-Quilt – Table Topper


When I gave my youngest daughter an anniversary mini-quilt and rack in October, I knew I would be supplying new quilts as the occasion arose.  I made Thanksgiving and Christmas quilts, then realized mid-January she didn’t have a quilt for her table topper.  I made what I call an “interim quilt” which means it would work out for non-seasonal, non-holiday display.

Last year about this time, I spent some time making some of Judy Martin’s variations on LeMoyne stars.  I particularly liked this one called “Country Fair“.  The block I made is far from perfect and convinced me I didn’t want to make a big quilt from this block, but I still think it’s nice as a mini-quilt with some strips added to fit the rack.


I quilted it to a fleece backing, added sleeve, label and binding – and my daughter has an interim quilt to display until time to put up the Valentine’s Day decorations.


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

17 thoughts on “Country Fair Mini-Quilt – Table Topper”

  1. Interim quilt–great idea. Country Fair, nice pattern (to look at). I don’t do Y-seams well nor meet all 8 points in the corner well, so have done only a couple LeMoyne blocks in sampler quilts. I agree, a whole quilt of them at my skill level would be bumpy indeed.

  2. I like that pattern a lot, but I probably wouldn’t make more than one. Love the fabrics you used in it. That banner photo is a real treasure.

  3. Ooh, I like that. I think it’s a great idea to have an interim quilt…I’ve got to get busy and make some little quilts for my hangers like this. I can see hearts, clovers, kites, flags, etc for the different months but stars like this would be good for months I’m not sure of…I have two hangers so I really need to get it in gear! I love the back of this with the polka dots. Too cute!

  4. I think the reason I am fascinated by your quilting is because I can’t sew a stitch – but this pattern is amazing. I would be so confused by the oblique angles and different patterned material, it would look like a wadded up mess if I tried to do it. Beautiful work!

  5. I really like your mini quilt! I sometimes audition a quilt square and decide one was just enough. The quilt rack you gave your daughter is a perfect way to use the auditioned block.

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and for commenting.

      I love Judy Martin’s intricate blocks but know I would never have the patience to make a large quilt from them. Sometimes, I just do one or two for the challenge. I have one of these little racks, too, and they’re such a nice way to display one block. Lillian

  6. I’ve enjoyed your blog, recipes and family reflections for some time; however, I’m always curious–how do you organize and store all your beautiful items, such as the Roseville pottery and items such as your Christmas and Halloween display. Your blog is also a topic of discussion for my 12-year old granddaughter and me.

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and for commenting. To answer your question, I have a medium size house with closets, basement and garage, and just my daughter and I live here. So, I have more storage space than if I were in an apartment. Certain items are up year-around and the rest are stored in large plastic bins, sorted and labeled by holiday, season and interim (everything else). For large collections like the Christmas display, I even have a data base so I can find certain items and not have to go through every container.

      I’ll soon be putting out my Valentine pieces and I can go to the container, set out the Valentine items and put the regular items I’m replacing in the container. Then, it’s easy to just reverse the process when I go on to the next season or holiday. It’s not that I’m a collector myself so much as that I have two very generous daughters who have given me a lot of stuff for birthdays and holidays. I enjoy looking at things and remembering the occasion when I received it. Since I’m 80 years old, I realize I might be limited in how much longer I’ll be able to keep shifting things around and I wouldn’t want my daughters to feel they had to do it. Part of the fun is unwrapping and seeing old friends again after a year.

      I love that you and your granddaughter get together and discuss things.

      Nice hearing from you. Lillian

  7. The effect of the different fabrics is amazing with the strong geometric shapes. I could stare at this quilt for ages and it would always look different. As always I love your family’s commitment to decorating according to the seasons! Abigail x

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