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Farm Life Table Runner

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Materials
  • 6” x 6” or larger embroidery hoop
  • 1-yard Black Floral Print Quilting Cotton for Borders and Quilt Back
  • ½-yard White Kona® Cloth or Quilting Cotton
  • 18 5” squares of Farm Inspired Print Quilt Cotton
  • ¼-yard Coordinating Quilting Cotton Print for Binding
  • 2-yards of Battilizer® or Low Loft Batting
  • No-show Mesh Stabilizer to fit your hoop for 12 hoopings
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Cellophane tape
  • Water-soluble thread
  • Invisible thread
  • 2 Black embroidery thread bobbins

  • Designs used in this project
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  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    This table runner is made by combing two different types of blocks. The animal blocks are simple continuous double run and stitch in about 10 minutes each. There are 12 different animal blocks to choose from to make the six blocks needed for the table runner. The diamond in the square alternating block is pieced in the hoop and stitch in about 15 minutes each. Your four points will always come out perfectly. Black embroidery always looks sharper when black thread is also used in the bobbin. Therefore, black bobbin thread is used through for all stitching in both types of blocks. Black thread is used in the top of the machine for all color changes except when water soluble thread is used to tack down the outside edges of the blocks.


    Step 1:
    Choose six of the available animal designs. Cut 6 8” square of white Kona® cloth and six 8” square of Battilizer®. Cut six pieces of no-show stabilizer to fit your hoop. Hoop the stabilizer and with black thread in the top and bobbin run color-stop (CS) 1 as a placement line for the Battilizer®.

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    Step 2:
    Spray adhesive on the Battilizer® and position over the placement line so the fabric exceeds the placement line by 1/2” on all sides. Tack down with CS 2.

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    Step 3:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop, trim the excess stabilizer right up next to the tack down lines.

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    Step 4:
    Spray adhesive on a Kona® cloth square and position over the Battilizer® so that the fabric exceeds by Battilizer® by ½” on all sides. Tack Down with CS 3 with water soluble thread in the top of the machine.

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    Step 5:
    Run CS 4 in black thread to embroider the continuous run design.

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    Step 6:
    Remove the hoop from the machine and trim all sides to a ½” seam allowance by laying the ½” marks of a see-through ruler along the water-soluble thread outline and trimming off the excess fabric.

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    Step 7:
    Make a total of six animal blocks following Steps 2 through 6.

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    Step 8:
    Diamond in the square blocks: Some of the fabrics used in the sample had appropriate farm saying on them. In order to cut them a piece of plastic was cut to a 5” square and cross hairs were drawn on from corner to corner. This plastic was placed over the lettering on the fabric so that is could be fussy cut on point so the lettering would appear properly on the diamond shaped pieces.

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    Step 9:
    For the diamond in the square blocks cut 6 8” squares of Battilizer®. Cut 6 5” squares for the center of the blocks and cut 12 5” squares of coordinating prints. Take the 12 5” square and cut across the diagonally to make 24 triangles. For each block you will need 1 5” center square and 4 coordinating triangles.

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    Step 10:
    Hoop the stabilizer, run the placement line, position the Battilizer® run the tack down stitches as you did in Steps 2 and 3 above. Run the next CS as a placement line for the center diamond.

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    Step 11:
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    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Spray adhesive over the whole area inside the hoop.


    Step 12:
    Position the center fabric on point over the placement lines. The fabric should extend an equal amount beyond the Battilizer® on all sides. Tack down the center diamond with the next CS.

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    Step 13:
    The next CS will stitch a placement line for the 1st corner fabric.

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    Step 14:
    Position the long edge of a fabric triangle face down butting the long edge to the placement line just sewn. The corners of the triangles should cross the edges of the Battilizer by ½” on both sides. Run the next color stop to seam the triangle to the block.

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    Step 15:
    Smooth the triangle back over the block and seam allowances. There should be enough adhesive spray to hold it down. If not spray it a little more.

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    Step 16:
    Stitch the other three corner triangles to the block using the next 6 CSs as in Steps 13 through 15. Use cellophane tape to tape down the 4 points where the triangle corners cross to keep the presser foot from lifting them up as the tack down stitches are sewn.

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    Step 17:
    Run CS 13 in water-soluble thread to tack down all the fabrics.

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    Step 18:
    Run the last color stop in black to quilt the block. I switched colors of blocks in this picture so that you can see the quilting stitches better.

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    Step 19:
    Trim the block to ½” seam allowances by laying the ½” mark of a see-though ruler on along the water-soluble stitching lines and cutting off the excess fabric. Make another 5 diamond in the square blocks repeating Steps 10 through 19.

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    Step 20:
    Lay the blocks out as you desire them to be in your table runner.

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    Step 21:
    Invisible thread in the top and the bottom of the sewing machine was used in the as I knew I wanted to stitch in the ditch later with that thread. But you can join the blocks with any color thread you choose to. We will first join the blocks into two rows. Place the first two blocks right sides together. Put a vertical pin through the top corner stitch of both blocks., place a horizontal pin close to the vertical pin to align the blocks.  

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    Step 22:
    Stitch the two blocks together just on the left side of the black placement line with a 3.5mm stitch length.

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    Step 23:
    As you stitch down the seam lift the top block every few inches to make sure the top block tack down stitches are aligned with the bottom block tack down stitches. Join the 1st row of blocks and then the second row of blocks using these same techniques.

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    Step 24:
    Press all the seams flat, open and then from the top of the blocks.

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    Step 25:
    Stitch the two rows together using the same alignment and pressing techniques.

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    Step 26:
    Cut 2 strips from the backing fabric and Battilizer® 3” x 35”. Cut 2 strips of fabric from the backing fabric and Battilizer® 3” by 18 ½”. Spray adhesive on the Battilizer® and align the corresponding fabric strips with the Battilizer® to make the borders.


    Step 27:
    Trim the edges of the joined blocks so that all are even.

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    Step 28:
    Stitch the long side borders to the joined blocks with a ½” seam allowance. The ends of the borders will exceed the length of the blocks. Sew these seams with the borders on the bottom and the wrong side of the joined blocks on top so that you can see you are stitching just inside the tack down stitches and so that you can keep the seams open and flat as you stitch across them

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    Step 29:
    Press the side seams flat, open and from the top of the table runner. Top stitch the border to ¼” inside the border. Trim the ends of the strips even with the ends of the table runner.

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    Step 30:
    Attach the end borders using the same instructions as Steps 29 and 29.

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    Step 31:
    Cut the backing fabric 4” larger that the width and height of the table runner. Securely tape it to your work surface. Spray adhesive on the back of the table runner and smooth it over the backing fabric so that the fabric is extending around the table runner about 2” on all sides.

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    Step 32:
    Still using invisible thread, stitch in the ditch through the long seam joining the two rows of block together. Start in the center of the table runner and stitch in one direction until you meet the border. Start again in the center of the table runner and then stitch in the ditch until you meet the other end of the border. Stitch the vertical seams joining the blocks from border to border.

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    Step 33:
    Measuring 2 ¼” from the inside of the border, trim the excess backing away from the table runner.

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    Step 34:
    Cut 3 strips of binding fabric 2 ¼” wide, join and apply binding as desired. Congratulations your Farm Life 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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