Christmas Table Runners

Last Christmas I made two table runners, a snowman table runner and a tree and star table runner. They are made with machine embroidery and are quilted in the hoop and the blocks are assembled with sashing. These are two of the prettiest table runners I have and they’re an easy afternoon project. The pattern includes all the machine embroidery designs and instructions for putting them together. The pattern also includes individual designs that are not quilted in the hoop so that you can add them to napkins or other accessories for your table. I listed them in my embroidery shop this morning and put the table runners and all the Christmas designs on sale. I hope you will stop in and take a look. I prefer to use the blog to give readers tips and tutorials, but these Christmas embroidery sets are too pretty not to tell you about.

Marjorie’s Embroidery and Pattern Shop

  
 

Catching Up and Some Quilt in the Hoop Tips

Little did I realize how much had been forgotten about process when offering the Christmas Tree and Star Table Runner as a freebie. At the same time I was so happy to be reminded how wonderful and welcoming the stitching community is. It is such a warm feeling to get the lovely comments from everyone.

If you haven’t downloaded the Christmas Tree and Star Table Runner and would still like to have it, click here.

My methods for getting the files to you were not good and the blog framework didn’t work well for getting your comments to me in a format that made an easy email reply. This morning I got up with new determination to renew my previous experience with the file download site so that I didn’t have to be the slow middleman in the process.  Yesterday I was not able to answer your emails and enjoy chatting with each of you. Now that there are systems in place for dealing with file downloads, I look forward to responding to each and every comment and catching up with those of you I know and getting acquainted with new correspondents.

Now let’s talk about quilting in the hoop. A big contributor to success or failure of a block quilted in the hoop is stabilizer – I like to use a fabric type water soluble stabilizer. Water soluble stabilizer is nice because it’s not at all stiff and it lets the quilt block look really “quilty” with good stitch definition. The first time the quilt is laundered, the water soluble stabilizer completely disappears.

What about the embroidery? The soft fabric type water soluble stabilizer does not provide the structure needed to hold those beautiful satin stitches of the embroidery applique.  There is a solution. Add a soft tearaway / washaway stabilizer on the back side of the hoop while stitching the embroidery to provide the structure needed for the satin and decorative embellishment stitches. Then when the embroidery is complete it is easy to tear away the stabilizer on the back from around the embroidery without disturbing the water soluble stabilizer. Once that is done, the quilt batting and backing can be added to the back of the hoop and the quilting is completed.

The tearaway / washaway stabilizer needs to be soft to the hand. I use a 1.5 oz weight stabilizer. And if I buy a different brand, I always test it to be sure that it will tear away easily and it falls apart easily in water.

I hope this helps as you are working with your quilt in the hoop projects.

Happy Stitching!

Marjorie