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Easter Eggs & Chicks Table Topper

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Materials
  • 8” x 8” embroidery hoop or larger
  • 2/3rd yard of pale green 100% cotton fabric for 4 block backs and 2 block fronts
  • 1/3rd yard of white 100% cotton fabric for 2 block fronts
  • 1/3rd yard of Stripped or Easter Print 100% cotton fabric for borders
  • ½ yard of pale yellow 100@ cotton fabric for chick bodies and sashing
  • 1/3rd yard of gold 100% cotton fabric for wings and binding
  • 1 yard of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • 4 4” x 5” rectangles of pastel cotton fabric prints for eggs
  • Heat N Bond Lite for appliques
  • No Show Stabilizer for 4 hoopings to fit your embroidery hoop
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Magic Sizing or Spray Starch
  • Craft clips
  • Applique Iron

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    There are three different embroidery files for this project, EECT01, EECT02 and EECT03. Make two blocks of EECT01 with white fabric on the top and using two different applique fabrics for the eggs. Then make 1 block each from the other 2 files using the pale green fabrics for the top of the blocks. Use pale green fabric for the back of all of the blocks.


    Step 1:
    Cut:
    a. 6 10” squares of pale green fabric
    b. 2 10” squares of white fabric
    c. 4 10” squares of Battilizer® or low loft batting
    d. 4 4” x 5” rectangles of 4 pastel prints for the eggs
    e. 1 3” x 18” of gold fabric (sub cut to 8 3” x 2” rectangles after applying Heat N Bond Lite®)
    f. 4 4” x 5” pale yellow rectangles
    g. 8 4” x 5” rectangles of Heat N Bond Lite®
    h. 1 3” x 18” rectangle of Heat N Bond Lite®
    i. 4 pieces of No Show Stabilizer to fit your hoop


    Step 2:
    Press the applique pieces with Magic Sizing 3 or 4 times and then apply the Heat N Bond Lite® following the manufacturer’s instructions to the back of each piece. Sub cut the 3” x 18” gold strip into 8 3” x 2” pieces.

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    Step 3:
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    Load file EECT01 in your embroidery machine. Tautly hoop no show stabilizer and run color stop (CS) 1 in a neutral color as a placement line for the fabrics.


    Step 4:
    Spay adhesive on the back of a white fabric square and position over the placement lines so that the fabric exceeds the placements lines by ½” on all sides. Run CS 2 in water soluble thread to tack down the fabric.

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    Step 5:
    Run CS 3 in using the color thread that you will want to border the egg with as a placement line for the egg.

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    Step 6:
    Remove the Heat N Bond Lite® and spray adhesive on the back of an egg fabric; position over the placement line and tack down with CS 4.

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    Step 7:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop, trim the applique fabric right next to the tack down line and press with an applique iron.

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    Step 8:
    Stitch the egg border with CS 5.

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    Step 9:
    Run CS 6 in Baby Chick (1135) as a placement line for the chick’s body.

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    Step 10:
    Apply a pale yellow fabric as in Step 6; tack down tack down the applique with CS 7; trim the fabrics and press as in Step 7, and border the body with CS 8.

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    Step 11:
    Switch to your Goldenrod thread to run CS 9, 10, 11 and 12 to stitch placement line and tack down lines for both wings. The design will run the placement line for the left wing and then tack down that fabric, then run a placement line and tack down for the second wing. You can attach the fabrics for both wings before removing the hoop to trim and press down the wings.

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    Step 12:
    Run CS 13 to border both wings.

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    Step 13:
    Follow the color chart through the next to last CS. Stop before you stitch the water soluble thread tack down stitches.

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    Step 14:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop; place the hoop face down on a flat surface; spray adhesive on a Battilizer® square and place over the block aligning with the fabric on the front of the hoop. Spray adhesive on the wrong side of a back fabric square and align over the Battilizer® square.


    Step 15:
    Return the hoop to the machine; run the water soluble thread tack down stitches to tack down the back fabrics to the block; run the final CS in Super White (1001) to quilt the block.

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    Step 16:
    Lay the ¼” marks of a see through ruler along the water soluble thread tack down lines and trim all edges of the block to ¼”.

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    Step 17:
    Make a second block from EECT01 using white fabric on the face of the block; make blocks for EECT02 and EECT03 using pale green fabrics on the face and back of the blocks using the same techniques.

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    Step 18:
    Cut:
    a. 2 2 ½” strips of border fabric the width of the fabric and then sub cut each strip into 18” and 23” lengths.
    b. 2 2 ½” strips of Battilizer® 18” long
    c. 2 2 ½” strips of Battilizer® 23” long
    d. 2 1” strips of pale yellow for sashing
    e. 3 2” strips of pale yellow for sashing
    f. 3 2 ¼” strips of gold for binding

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    Step 19:
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    Make quilt sandwiches from the border strips and Battilizer® by spraying a strip of Battilizer® with adhesive spray and lay a corresponding fabric strip over it. Spray the other side of the Battilizer® strip and place another corresponding fabric strip over it. Align all edges carefully. Make two 18” and two 23” border sandwiches.
     


    Step 20:
    Spray the 1” pale yellow sashing strips with Magic Sizing® and press. Spray the 2” pale yellow strips with Magic Sizing®, fold in half lengthwise and press.

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    Step 21:
    Lay out your blocks in the order in which they will be sewn together.

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    Step 22:
    Clip the raw edge of the folded 2” sashing strip and clip to the right side of the top left hand quilt block having the sashing extend about ½” over the top and bottom of the block. At the same time line up the 1” sashing on the back of the block behind the front sashing. With a ¼” presser foot stitch through all three layers, i.e., the top sashing, the quilt block and the back sashing with an accurate ¼” seam allowance. A stitch length of 3mm makes it easier to sew through all of these thicknesses.

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    Step 23:
    Press the back sashing strip out away from the block.

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    Step 24:
    Place the right hand block face up over the back side of the first block, aligning the blocks at the top and the bottom. Slide the new block over to the raw edge of the 1” sashing and clip in place. Turn the whole unit over and stitch the 1” sashing to the second block with an accurate ¼” seam. You may have to lift the 1st sewn seam a little to get the presser foot underneath it.

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    Step 25:
    When you open out the two blocks the seam allowances should just butt up to each other without gaps or overlaps. Press the two seam allowance flat then press the folded sashing over the seam allowances and edge stitch on the right hand side. Repeat 22 through 25 to join the bottom two blocks together.

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    Step 26:
    Trim off the excess sashing from the tops and bottoms of the joined blocks.

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    Step 27:
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    Apply the 1” and folded 2” sashing to the top row of blocks using the same techniques as outlined in Steps 22 through 25 to join the rows of blocks.


    Step 28:
    Trim the excess sashing from the sides of the table topper.

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    Step 29:
    Attach the two 18” side borders to the table topper by first attaching the sashing strips to the table topper and then attaching the borders to the back sashing strip using the same techniques as outlined in Steps 22 through 25. Have the border strips exceed the length of the table topper by about ½” on each end when stitching them.

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    Step 30:
    Trip the excess border and sashing strips from the table topper.

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    Step 31:
    Attach the top and bottom borders using the same techniques.

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    Step 32:
    Bind using your preferred method. Congratulations your Easter Eggs & Chicks Table Topper is complete!

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    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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