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Chicken Feathers Table Topper

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Materials
  • 1 yard Chicken Wire print or other cotton fabric for background.
  • 1 yard or Black and White cotton print for back of squares
  • 2/3 yards of Red cotton for sashing and binding
  • Assorted red, white,s and black scraps for appliques in approximately 6” squares
  • 1 ¼ yards of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • Poly-mesh stabilizer for 9 hoopings
  • 1 ½ yards of Heat N’ Bond Lite®
  • Water soluble thread
  • 8” x 8” or larger hoop
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Magic Sizing
  • Applique iron
  • Optional a walking foot for your sewing machine
  • Optional craft or Wonder clips

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    You may use precut appliques as shown in these instructions, SVG and FCM files are available in the downloads for electronic cutting machines such as the Scan N Cut®; PDF files are available for cutting precut appliques by hand, or you may use the Stitch N Trim method to do the appliques as the tack down stitches are part of the design files.
    If you have made any of my quilted in the hoop projects you will have learned how to apply the sashing with invisible thread. I purchased a new sewing machine this month that won’t take the invisible thread in the bobbin. So I had to find a new method of joining the sashing to the blocks without using that thread. I rather like this new method as outlined below. You may use this new method on any of the quilted projects I have previously published, or you may use the previously described invisible thread method on this project. The choice is yours. I truly love quilting in the hoop and hope you do too.


    Step 1:
    Cut the Chicken Wire Print, the Black and White cotton print and the Battilizer® into 9 9” squares. Print out the designs or the PDF files for each design used; cut assorted applique fabrics about 1” to 2” larger than the measurements of the appliques; iron each applique fabric 3 or 4 times with Magic Sizing and following the manufacturer’s instructions apply Heat N Bond Lite to the back of each applique fabric. For each block you will need 1 piece of poly mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop, a 9” square of top fabric, back fabric and batting as well as applique pieces with the Heat N Bond applied.

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    Step 2:
    To cut the applique files with a Scan N Cut load the downloadable FCM files into your Scan N Cut; remove the Heat N Bond paper from the back side of the applique pieces and smooth with a brayer onto your mat fabric side up. Though settings may differ from machine to machine, these were cut with a Speed of 4, Pressure 4 and Blade depth of 4.

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    Step 3:
    Load the design into the embroidery machine; hoop poly mesh stabilizer in your hoop; run color stop (CS) 1 which will stitch an outline for the block.

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    Step 4:
    Spray adhesive on the Chicken Wire block background fabric and place over the outline just stitched making sure the background fabric exceeds the outline by ½” in all directions. Run CS 2 in water soluble thread to tack down the fabric.

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    Step 5:
    Follow the color chart for the particular design you are running; in most cases a color will stitch before the appliqueing starts to embroider items that need to be behind the applique.

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    Step 6:
    The placement line, tack down and border stitches can all be stitched in the same color thread but are broken down into three color changes so that the machine will stop to perform the applique functions. No matter which method you are using stitch the placement line for the applique first.

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    Step 7:
    If using the precut applique method, place and iron the applique to the background. If using the Stitch N Trim method; spray the applique fabric with adhesive and place over the outline; do not iron until after the next step.

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    Step 8:
    The next step will be tack down stitches. If using the precut method you could just bypass these stitches, but I run them anyway to just let me know the applique is in the right place. For Stitch N Trim method run these stitches then trim the applique right up next to the tack down stitches then press the applique for permanent adhesion.

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    Step 9:
    The next step will be the borders on the applique and as in this case other details may be embroidered in the design in the same color.

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    Step 10:
    When you come to the outline for the next applique change your embroidery thread to a color to match the fabric you have chosen for that applique.

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    Step 11:
    Repeat steps 7 through 9 to complete the second applique; if there is a 3rd applique change your thread color to match your fabric.

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    Step 12:
    Repeat steps 7 through 9 to complete the third applique.

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    Step 13:
    When the appliques are complete remove the hoop from the machine; do not unhoop; turn the hoop over; spray adhesive on the batting and place over the outlines making sure the batting exceeds the outline by ½” in all directions.

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    Step 14:
    Spray with adhesive and place the back fabric over the batting.

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    Step 15:
    Return the hoop to the machine; change the top thread to water soluble thread and run the next to last CS to tack the quilt sandwich together.

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    Step 16:
    Change the top thread to the color you want to use for the quilting, in this case white, and stitch the quilting on the block.

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    Step 17:
    Laying the ¼” mark of a quilting ruler on the water soluble stitching lines on the edges of the block trim all edges to ¼”.

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    Step 18:
    Sew out 8 more chicken feathers blocks following the color charts for each one; arrange in an order pleasing to you.

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    Step 19:
    Cut 3 1” strips of sashing material, Cut 3 2” strips of sashing and cut 3 2 1/4 ” strips for binding; fold the 2” strips in half lengthwise. Cut 2 8” long strips from each of the 1” strips and 2 8” long strips from each of the 2” strips. By cutting two from each strip you will leave long enough strips for the horizontal sashing.

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    Step 20:
    You are now going to join 3 blocks together to form a row. Place a 1” section of sashing to the inside edge of the back of a block.

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    Step 21:
    On the top of the block place a folded 2” strip on the same edge of the block raw edges even; pin or use Wonder clips to hold the quilt block and top and bottom strips together.

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    Step 22:
    Attach or engage the walking foot on your machine, using a thread to match the sashing in the top of the machine and a thread to match the back fabric in the bobbin; due to the thickness of fabric that you will be sewing through lengthen your straight stitch to 3.5mm or more.

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    Step 23:
    Sew through the quilt sandwich with a ¼” seam allowance.

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    Step 24:
    Open up the back 1” strip and pin or clip it to the back of the second quilted block that is to be in this row.

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    Step 25:
    Stitch the 1” strip to the second block with a ¼” seam allowance.

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    Step 26:
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    As you lay the two blocks attached to the 1” strip their ¼” seam allowances just butt together in the middle and should not be overlapping.


    Step 27:
    The back of the two blocks will look like this.

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    Step 28:
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    Press the two butted edges and then press the folded 2” top sashing over the butted edges.


    Step 29:
    Top stitch close to the folded edge of the top sashing strip.

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    Step 30:
    Join a third block to the first two using the same techniques. Repeat twice so you have three rows of three quilted blocks.

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    Step 31:
    Square up and trim your rows of blocks in necessary.

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    Step 32:
    Attach a long strip of 1” sashing to the back of the 1st row of blocks and a folded 2” strip of sashing to the front of the 1st row of blocks and stitch through all three layers with a ¼” seam allowance.

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    Step 33:
    Clip and sew the 1” back sashing to the back of the second row of blocks, being careful to align the vertical sashes.

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    Step 34:
    Make sure the seams allowances just butt up next to each other; press the seam allowances and then press the top sashing over the seam allowances and top stitch along the edge. Repeat steps 32 through 34 to attach the third row of blocks.

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    Step 35:
    Bind the table topper using your favorite method. Congratulations your table topper is complete.

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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    Lenae S May 07, 2016
    I love this! Are these instructions and the quilting files included in the design pack?
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    Pat W May 08, 2016
    The quilting is part of the embroidery designs. The instructions are not in the pack, they are designed for you to view on screen. Customer service can help you get a PDF of the instructions. The cutting files for electronic cutting machines or PDF files are available in the downloads. You have to click on "Show all file types" in the download to get the PDF, FCM or SVG files. You can also use the stitch and trim method for making the appliques.
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