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Cacti to Color Table Runner

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Materials
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • 1/3rd yard of White PFD Kona Cloth or 1/3rd yard of Kona Cloth that has been pre-washed
  • 1 yard Mottled green quilting cotton
  • ½ yard of Black Kona cloth
  • 1 ¾” yards of Battilizer® or 24” wide low loft batting
  • No-show stabilizer for 6 hoopings
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Invisible Thread
  • Water Soluble Thread
  • Black and White Embroidery Thread
  • Apple Green Inktense Ink Pencil®
  • Fabric medium

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The blocks are embroidered and quilted first on your embroidery machine. They are then painted with the Inktense Ink Pencil®. Make sure your pencil is the Ink Pencil and not the Watercolor pencil. Follow the instructions in the Tips for Painting Embroidery with Inktense Ink Pencils® to make your final project washable.


    Step 1:
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    Cut 6 9” x 7” rectangles of the white and green fabrics as well as the Battilizer®. Hoop no-show stabilizer in your embroidery hoop and take one of each piece of fabric and Battilizer® to your embroidery machine.


    Step 2:
    Run the 1st color stop (CS) in white as a placement line. It is shown in black in this picture so that you can see it in the photo.

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    Step 3:
    Spray adhesive on the white rectangle of fabric and position over the placement line so that the fabric exceeds the placement line by ½” on all sides. Tack down with CS 2 with water soluble thread.

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    Step 4:
    Embroider the design in black thread with CS 3. Use a black bobbin in your machine for this step. Black embroidery always looks best if a black bobbin is used too.

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    Step 5:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Change back to a white bobbin. Turn the hoop face down on a flat surface. Spray adhesive on the Battilizer® rectangle and position over the placement lines so that the Battilizer® exceeds the placement line by 1/2” on all sides.

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    Step 6:
    Spray adhesive on the wrong side of the green fabric. Align it over the back of the Battilizer®.

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    Step 7:
    Return the hoop to the machine and tack down all of the fabrics with CS 4 using water soluble thread.

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    Step 8:
    The last CS is sewn in white to quilt the block. Bring the bobbin thread to the top of the work by threading the top thread through the presser foot and while holding onto the tail of the thread push the needle up button on your machine twice. This will bring the bobbin thread to the top. Pull out a length of the bobbin thread and while holding onto both the top and bobbin thread stitch an inch or so of the quilting. Then stop the machine and trim off the thread tails. This will keep the machine from making a clump of threads on the back of your block.

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    Step 9:
    Complete the stitching of the quilting.

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    Step 10:
    Remove the block from the hoop. Align the ¼” mark of a see through ruler along the water soluble thread lines and trim each side of the block to ¼” seam allowance.

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    Step 11:
    Complete all six blocks in the same manner. Paint the blocks with an Apple Green Inktense Ink Pencil follow the instructions in the Tips for Painting Embroidery with Inktense Ink Pencils®.

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    Step 12:
    Load white thread in your sewing machine and set it to a wide zigzag stitch that is not too closely spaced. A width of 4.5mm with spacing of 3.5mm was used in the sample.

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    Step 13:
    Align the sides of the blocks together without overlaps or gaps and stitch the blocks together with the zigzag stitch.

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    Step 14:
    Cut one sashing strip of green fabric 1 ¼” wide and one of white fabric 1 ½” side. Spray starch the strips, fold the long edges in to meet in the center and press.

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    Step 15:
    Load invisible thread in the top and bobbin of your sewing machine and select a Serpentine type stitch. A straight stitch can be used, but a Serpentine type stitch blends in beautifully with the stipple quilting on your table runner.

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    Step 16:
    Center the green sashing over the zigzag joins of the blocks on the back of the table runner and stitch down both sides of the sashing with the serpentine stitch. Have the ends of the sashing extend about ½” over the top and the bottom of the blocks.

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    Step 17:
    Stitch the white sashing strip over the joins on the front of the table runner in the same manner.

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    Step 18:
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    Trim the excess sashing from the top and bottom of the table runner.


    Step 19:
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    To complete the table runner cut:
    a. 4 strips of green fabric 2 ½” x 10” for the borders
    b. 4 strips of green fabric 2 ½” x 39” for the borders
    c. 2 strips of Battilizer® 2 ½” x 10” for the borders
    d. 2 strips of Battilizer 2 ½” x 39” for the borders
    e. 3 strips of black fabric 1 ¼” wide across the width of the fabric for sashing

    f. 3 strips of black fabric 1 ½” wide across the width of the fabric for sashing
    g. 3 strips of black fabric 2 ¼” wide across the width of the fabric for binding
    h. 6 3” squares of black fabric for the prairie points – not pictured
    Starch and press the long sides of the sashing strips to meet in the center as in Step 14. Keep the narrow strips of sashing separate from the wider strips. The narrow strips will be applied to the back of the table runner, the wider strips will be applied to the front of the table runner.
     


    Step 20:
    Make quilt sandwiches from the green fabric and the Battilizer® by spraying one side of the Battilizer® with adhesive spray, align a corresponding green fabric strip right side up over the sprayed Battilizer®. Spray the second side of the Battilizer® with adhesive spray and align a second corresponding piece of the green fabric over it. Do this for all of the green border strips

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    Step 21:
    Stitch the two short borders to the ends of the table runner using a zigzag stitch as in Step 12.

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    Step 22:
    Trim the excess borders even with the table runner.

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    Step 23:
    Stitch the top and bottom borders to the table runner in the same fashion.

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    Step 24:
    Trim the excess top and bottom sashing from the table runner.

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    Step 25:
    Switch your machine back to the serpentine stitch. Take a narrow sashing strip and place it over the seams that join the short borders on the ends of the table runner. Extend the sashing all the way to the top and the bottom of the table runner even though the seams to not extend through the top and bottom borders. Stitch down both sides of the sashing with the serpentine stitch.

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    Step 26:
    Apply the wider sashing to the seams on the front of the table runner in the same manner. It doesn’t hurt to measure the placement of the sashing from the edge of the border to make sure the sashing is straight.

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    Step 27:
    Stitch the narrow sashing across the long border seams on the back of the table runner.

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    Step 28:
    Spray starch and press the 3” squares in half diagonally and then fold in half again and press to form the prairie points.

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    Step 29:
    Place the wider sashing over the long border seams. Stitch down the inside edge of the sashing with the serpentine stitch.

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    Step 30:
    Before stitching down the second side insert the prairie points underneath the sashing. The center prairie point is placed at the center of the white sashing strip of the end blocks. The wide end of the prairie point is placed at the edge of the green border seam.

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    Step 31:
    Insert a prairie point on each side of the first one overlapping the sides of the prairie points by 1”. Have all of the overlaps going in one direction. Pin in place then stitch down the second sides of the sashing strip.

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    Step 32:
    Trim off all of the excess sashing strips.

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    Step 33:
    Bind using your preferred method.

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    Step 34:
    Throw the project and an old towel in the dryer set on High for at least 40 to 50 minutes, I chose an hour, to heat set the ink. Do not wash the table runner for at least seven days.

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    Step 35:
    Congratulations your Cacti to Color Table Runner 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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