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ITH Fall Table Topper

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  • Embroidery designs
  • 1 yard low loft batting (I use 100% cotton or 70/30 blend)
  • 100% cotton fabric - 2 fat quarters gold fabric, 2 fat quarters orange fabric, 2 fat quarters green fabric for sashing on front, ½ yard brown fabric for border, 1 yard for backing and sashing on back, ½ yard for binding
  • Small curved cuticle scissors – sharp
  • Poly mesh stabilizer
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Glue Stick
  • Spray Starch or Best Press
  • Wash away thread
  • Rayon or Polyester embroidery thread
  • 4” x 4” embroidery hoop, 5” x 7” embroidery hoop can also be used

  • Designs used in this project

  • Preface:
    The blocks for this ITH Table Topper can be arranged any way you choose. I used a small number of  the blocks to make matching place mats that  the kids love. The blocks are embroidered and quilted in the hoop then on your sewing machine zigzag the blocks together and add sashing and binding.  For the best results prewash your fabrics and press with best press or spray starch.

    Step 1:
    Hoop stabilizer and top fabric making sure the fabric is taut in the hoop and wrinkle free.

    Step 2:
    Sew design up to the fabric placement outline.

    Step 3:
    Change TOP thread only to wash away thread and stitch fabric placement outline. Note: placement and tack down stitches are stitched in wash away thread.

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    Step 4:
    Once placement stitch is sewn take hoop out of machine, but DO NOT remove the design from the hoop. Spray one side of the batting  with temporary spray adhesive and place on the back side of the hoop. 

    Step 5:
    Spray the wrong side of the backing fabric with temporary spray adhesive and place on the batting. Place hoop back in machine and sew tack down stitch with the water soluble thread.

    Step 6:
    Change top thread back to your embroidery thread and finish stitching the block with the quilting design. To minimize thread knots on the back of the project pull bobbin thread up to top, stitch a couple of stitches then trim excess thread and finish design.

    Step 7:
    Stitch out all the blocks and play around with the layout until the project is pleasing to you. I used 18 border spider web blocks, 4 corner spider web blocks, 7 stippling only blocks and 8 design blocks.

    Step 8:
    Trim seams to 1/4". On your sewing machine and using a wide and long zigzag stitch, stitch the blocks together face up in rows then zigzag the rows together.

    Step 9:
    Make sashing that is 1/2" wide or use seam tape the is 1/2 " wide. This will cover the zigzag stitches. Use a clue stick to glue the sashing on the back and top of the project placing the sashing so it covers the stitching. 

    Step 10:
    Lightly press the sashing on the back and top to set the glue. This is very important as it will keep the sashing in place making it easier to sew.

    Step 11:
    Using a thread that compliments project, or invisible thread, on the TOP side of project stitch the sashing with a serpentine stitch on both sides of each strip of sashing. This type of stitch will hide the stitching in the project. This stitching will secure the top and back sashing at the same time. Of course you may want to stitch the sashing down with a contrasting thread and decorative stitch and add a design element of your own.

    Step 12:
    I stitched  the sashing strips in one direction, turned the project at the end of the row and stitched down the other side. I sewed all the the vertical rows then added the horizontal rows to finish the sashing.

    Step 13:
    Add your binding and your label and Enjoy!

    Have fun!
    Jeanie Marleen
    October 2013 

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    Meet The Author: Jeanie Marleen
    Quilter, Embroiderer and Digitizer. Love to create fun things to make and share.

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