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Chocolate Easter Eggs Table Runner

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Materials
  • 6” x 10” or larger embroidery hoop and 4” x 4” embroidery hoop
  • 7/8th yard Snow Kona cloth
  • ½ yard Mottled Lime Green 100% cotton quilting fabric
  • 1/8th yard Dark Brown Kona cloth
  • 1/3rd yard Yellow Kona cloth
  • 1/3 yard Lavender Kona cloth
  • 1 ¼ yards of Easter print back 100% cotton fabric for back
  • 1 ¾ yards of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • 2.5 ounce cut away stabilizer to fit your hoops for 10 hoopings in a 6” x 10” or larger hoop and 4 hoopings in a 4” x 4” hoop
  • 5” x 16” strip of Heat N Bond Lite
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Magic Sizing
  • Embroidery thread per color charts
  • Water Soluble Thread (WST)
  • Invisible Thread YLI recommended
  • Applique Iron

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ01.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ02.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ03.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ04.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ05.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ06.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ07.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ08.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ09.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ10.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/CHEQ11.aspx

  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Due to the shapes of the applique pieces there is a very tight tolerance where leaves extend beyond the egg shapes in these appliques. Therefore precision cutting is required. Electronic cutting files, SVG and FCM are available for download if you have an electronic cutter. If you are using the stitch and trim method be sure to cut the appliques right next to the tack down lines with sharp in the hoop scissors and not with duck bill applique scissors. Chose any 4 of the 9 Chocolate Easter Egg Quilt Blocks as well as the setting triangles and setting corner to complete your table runner. Designs Chocolate Easter Egg 1, 2, 3 and 9 as well as the setting blocks 10 and 11 were used in the sample.


    Step 1:
    The requirements for the 1 ¾ yards of Battilizer® are based on this cutting layout as the Battilizer® is 25” wide. If using a different low loft batting the yardage requirement may differ.

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    Step 2:
    For the center and setting blocks of the table runner cut:
    a. 4 8” squares of Snow Kona cloth, Battilizer® and back print
    b. 4 6” x 10” rectangles of Lime, Battilizer® and back print
    c. 2 6” squares of Lime, Battilizer® and back print sub-cut diagonally
    d. 4 5” X 4” rectangles of Chocolate Brown fabric and Heat N Bond Lite®


    Step 3:
    Press each Chocolate applique fabric 4 times with Magic Sizing®, iron on the Heat N Bond Lite® following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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    Step 4:
    You can load all four of the eggs FCM files into your Scan N Cut® and cut them at one time, but leave them on the mat until you are ready to use them as each egg has its own particular egg shape. You will want to be able to see which egg is for which design and be certain of the top edge of each egg. If you are using the stitch and trim method prepare the fabric as described in Step 3 and just set the pieces aside for now.

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    Step 5:
    Hoop 2.5 ounce stabilizer in your hoop. The quilt blocks are rotated so that they are square to fit in the hoop and will be turned on point when assembling the table runner. The sample was stitched in an 8” x 8” hoop as the machine used does not have a 6” x 10” hoop. Run the first color stop (CS) in a neutral thread as a placement line for the Snow top fabric.

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    Step 6:
    Spray adhesive on the wrong side of a Snow fabric square and position over the placement line having at least ½” of fabric exceeding the placement line on all sides. Run CS 2 in WST to tack down the fabric.

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    Step 7:
    Run CS 3 in white as a placement line for the egg.

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    Step 8:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Position the appropriate egg applique; press into place with an applique iron. If using the stitch and trim method: remove the paper backing from the applique fabric; lay over the placement line. Either method: Run CS 3 in white to tack down the applique; trim the applique right up next to the tack down line with sharp in the hoop scissors; press the applique with an applique iron.

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    Step 9:
    Return the hoop to the machine; follow the color chart through the CS before the next to last CS which will call for WST.

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    Step 10:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Turn the hoop face down, spray adhesive on the 8” square of Battilizer® and place over the back of the embroidery aligning the Battilizer® with the fabric on the front of the hoop. Spray adhesive on the back of a print fabric 8” square and place it over the Battilizer®.

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    Step 11:
    Run the next to last CS in WST to tack the batting and back fabric to the front; run the last CS in white or the desired color for the quilting.

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    Step 12:
    Lay the ¼” mark of a see through ruler on the WST outlines of the block. Trim all edges to ¼”.

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    Step 13:
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    Repeat Steps 5 – 12 to complete three more Chocolate Easter Egg Quilt Blocks.


    Step 14:
    The Stippled Setting Block 1, CHEQ10, and the Stippled Setting Corner Block 1, CHEQ11 are made differently than the Easter Egg Quilt Blocks. The CHEQ10 setting blocks are made in a 6” x 10” hoop. The CHEQ11 corner blocks are made in a 4” x 4” hoop. Hoop stabilizer of an appropriate size in the hoop selected.

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    Step 15:
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    For design CHEQ10 run CS 1 in a neutral color as a placement line. Remove the hoop from the machine; do not unhoop.


    Step 16:
    Spray adhesive on the Mottled Lime 6” x 10” rectangle and position over the placement line having the fabric exceed the placement line by at least ½” on all sides.

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    Step 17:
    At the same time turn the hoop over; spray adhesive on the matching Battilizer® position on the back of the hoop aligning with the front fabric; spray adhesive on the block back print fabric and align with the Battilizer®.

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    Step 18:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run CS2 in WST to tack all three layers of the fabric to the stabilizer.

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    Step 19:
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    Run CS 3 in White to quilt the setting blocks.
     


    Step 20:
    Trim all edges to ¼”. Make 5 more Stipple Setting Block 1, CHEQ10 and 4 Stippled Setting Corner block 1, CHEQ11 following Steps 14 through 19.

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    Step 21:
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    Lay out the setting blocks and the egg blocks in the desired order.


    Step 22:
    The Chocolate Egg blocks and the setting blocks will be assembled in diagonal rows. This picture shows how the bottom egg block will be sewn. Block 1 will be sewn to block 2 and then to block 3.

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    Step 23:
    Use a wide zigzag stitch, 5 mm if you have one that large, and a neutral thread in your sewing machine. A walking foot is recommended. Butt block 1 to block 2 as shown in the previous picture having the top edges even. 

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    Step 24:
    Zigzag the two blocks together. After stitching your blocks will look like this.

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    Step 25:
    Block 3 as shown in Step 22 is a corner block, align it with block 2 so that the outline stitching of the two blocks is even. Zigzag the blocks 2 and 3 together.

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    Step 26:
    Trim off the dog ears on the top and bottom of the row.

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    Step 27:
    Zigzag the bottom right corner to the table runner.

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    Step 28:
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    Proceed to stitch together diagonal rows of blocks, then trim off the dog ears.


    Step 29:
    Butt the rows of blocks together; zigzag in the same manner to join the rows.

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    Step 30:
    Cut from the full width of the fabric
    a. Snow fabric 6 - 1 ¼” for sashing the back of the table runner
    b. Snow fabric 3 – 1 ½” strips for sashing around the fronts of the Easter egg blocks
    c. Yellow fabric 3 – 1 ½” strips for sashing between the borders and the quilt center
    d. Yellow fabric 3 – 2 ¼” strips for binding
    Cut for borders
    e. Lavender fabric 3 – 3” x 42” strips for front border
    f. Back print fabric 3 – 3”x 42” strips for back border
    g. Battilizer® 3 – 3” x 42” strips for borders
    Fold the strips cut in a, b and c lengthwise so the sides fold to the middle and press for the sashings. The 6 narrow Snow sashings are for the back of the table runner, the wider white strips and the yellow strips are for the front of the table runner.

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    Step 31:
    Select a stitch similar to this Serpentine stitch, or you can use straight edge stitching to stitch down the sashing. Load invisible thread in both the top and bobbin of your sewing machine. I prefer YLI invisible thread as it is nylon instead of polyester and is softer. Wind your bobbin slowly and only until it is about half full to avoid stretching of the invisible thread.

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    Step 32:
    Center a narrow Snow sashing strip across a corner join on the back of the table runner and stitch down both sides of the sashing with the Serpentine stitch.

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    Step 33:
    Turn the table runner over, center a wider Snow sashing strip over the same corner seam and stitch down both sides with the Serpentine stitch.

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    Step 34:
    Continue covering the back seams with the narrow sashing and then turning the table runner over and covering the corresponding front seam with the wider sashing. 

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    Step 35:
    When you have completed covering the seams on the back the table runner will look like this.


    Step 36:
    The front of the table runner will look like this.

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    Step 37:
    With a rotary cutter and ruler trim all the excess sashing from the blocks.

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    Step 38:
    Lay a print fabric border strip on the table right side down, spray adhesive on one side of the Battilizer® strip and align with the print strip; spray adhesive on the top side of the Battilizer® and lay the lavender strip on top, right side up, to make a quilt sandwich for the borders. With regular thread in the top of the machine and bobbin baste, 4 or 5mm straight stitch length, down both sides of the border pieces.

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    Step 39:
    Butt a border strip, lavender side up, against a long edge of the table runner having the top of the border strip about ½” above the center blocks and join the border to the center with a zigzag stitch. Join the second side border strip in the same way.

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    Step 40:
    Trim the excess sashing from the top and bottom of the table runner.

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    Step 41:
    Cut the 3rd border strip in half so that you have 2 3” x 21” border strips; butt up a strip on each end of the table runner and attach with a zigzag stitch.

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    Step 42:
    Trim the excess border strips from the top and bottom of the table runner.

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    Step 43:
    This step is optional but if desired select a fancy quilting stitch and stitch down the center of each border. 

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    Step 44:
    Switch back to the invisible thread in the top and bottom of your machine and reset the Serpentine stitch. Apply the vertical narrow Snow sashing on both sides of the back of the table runner extending the sashing all the way to the top and bottom of the table runner even though there is no seam to cover in the top and bottom borders. Stitch both sides of the sashing strips with the Serpentine stitches.