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Contemporary Quilted Table Set: Tablerunner and Placemats
This quilted table set features contemporary styling, thanks to the art quilt piecing and the designs from the Geometric Design Set. For the tablerunner we used the designs for the small hoop (4" x 4"). For the placemats, we used the designs for the mega hoop (6" x 10").

The finished size of the tablerunner is about 35 1/2" x 15 1/2". Each placemat is about 12 1/2" x 17 1/2".

Finished Tablerunner and 4 placemats with geometric embroidery

You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon; choose colors to match the colors of your fabric,
  • 2 yards of black cotton fabric which we used for the top and the binding,
  • 1/4 yard each of 5 cotton fabrics of different colors; we used:
    • red,
    • sky blue,
    • lime,
    • yellow and
    • violet,
  • light-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • fabric for the backing,
  • low-loft batting, preferably black
  • rotary cutter and quilter's ruler,
  • a pair of scissors,
  • chalk pencil,
  • iron,
  • black sewing and quilting threads
  • #12-#14 machine quilting needle,
  • sewing needle.
Finished Tablerunner and 2 placemats with geometric embroidery

Table Runner:
Embroidery:
Chart the black fabric into 6 squares, each measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". Do not cut out yet! Stabilize each square with light-weight cut-away stabilizer and embroider all 6 designs for the small hoop one by one.
Cut out the squares, each must be 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". Cut away the excess stabilizer.

Alternatively, you can cut a strip measuring 6 1/2" x 37" and do the embroidery after you sew the top.
Cutting:
Out of black fabric, cut
  • 3 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 37",
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 37".
Out of colored fabrics each, cut 5 strips measuring 1" x 37".
Assembly:
Note: Seam allowance is 1/4". Press the seam immediately after you make it.
Sew all 6 embroidered squares into a strip. You can stitch them together in any order.
Contemporary Table Set

Sew 2 colored strips to the long sides of the central strip.
Contemporary Table Set
Sew 3 black 1 1/2" and 3 colored 1" strips together starting with a black strip and finishing with a colored one.
Contemporary Table Set
Sew this new strip to the embroidered part.
Contemporary Table Set
Sew the black 2 1/2" x 37" strips to the long sides.
Contemporary Table Set
Place Mats:
Cutting:
For each place mat, out of black fabric, cut
  • a piece measuring 10" x 13",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 13",
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 13".

Out of 4 colored fabrics each, cut a strip measuring 1" x 13".
Assembly:
Sew 3 colored 1" x 13" and 2 black 1 1/2" x 13" wide strips together, starting and finishing with the colored strips.
Contemporary Table Set
Sew this strip to the 10 x 13" piece.
Contemporary Table Set
Sew the remaining colored strip to one of the 2 1/2" wide black strips.
Contemporary Table Set
Sew this strip to the other side of the 10" x 13" piece.
Contemporary Table Set
Sew the remaining black 2 1/2" wide strip to the colored edge of the working piece.
Contemporary Table Set
Embroidery:
Stabilize the central part with light-weight cut-away stabilizer and embroider any design from the Geometric Design Set for the mega hoop (6" x 10"). Alternatively, you can embroider 2 designs for the small hoop (4" x 4"), or a design for the large hoop (5" x 7").
Cut away the excess stabilizer.
Finished placemat, close up of the embroidery and quilting stitches.

Finished placemat, close up of the embroidery and quilting stitches

Quilting and Finishing:
It's the same for the tablerunner and placemats.
Place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with the batting. Spread your working piece over it, face up.

Pin all layers together.
We quilted in a free-motion style all over the table runner and place mats.
Finished table runner with geometric embroidery.

Press with heavy steam. Square the quilts. Finish the raw edges with the binding.
Finished tablerunner. Close-up of embroidery and quilting.

Finished tablerunner. Close-up of embroidery and quilting


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