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Nautical Table Runner with Playing Dolphin Embroidery
This nautical-themed tablerunner is very easy to put together from scraps of blue fabric, it features designs from the Playing Dolphins Set. Great for creating that "beach house" feel in your home!

The finished size of the tablerunner is about 18 1/2" x 37".
Finished quilted tablerunner with playing dolphin embroidery

You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon - all shades of blue to your taste,
  • 1 yard of sky blue fabric for the embroidered borders,
  • scraps of fabrics of all shades of blue for the central part,
  • navy or royal blue fabric for the binding,
  • light-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • fabric for the backing,
  • batting,
  • quilter's ruler,
  • rotary cutter,
  • iron,
  • #12 universal needle,
  • #12-#14 quilting needle.
Lay out all blue scraps on the table.
Scraps of blue fabrics arranged on a table in order they are used.

Cut strips measuring 7" long and 1 12" - 2 1/2" wide. All strips should be of the same length, but of different widths.
Out of light blue fabric, cut 2 strips measuring 7" x 24 1/2", and 2 strips measuring 7" x 19 1/2".
Note: seam allowance is 1/4", press the seam immediately after you make it.
You can simply sew the strips as you have them. You will need a central part 24 1/2" long. Or you can cut the the long sides so that the central part looks more like an ocean water.

Arrange the strips in the order you're going to use them.
The 7" long blue strips are aranged in order they will be used

Starting with the first two strips, overlap their neighboring long sides about 1/2". Position the ruler so that to connect a corner of the upper strip with an opposite corner of the lower strip. On the picture below we connected the lower edge of the upper strip and the upper edge of the lower strip.
Overlap the long sides of the neighboring strips about 1/2".

Cut along the ruler through both layers.
Cut along the ruler through both layers.

Sew the strips together.
Sew the strips together.

To attach the next strip, position the next strip under the edge of the just attached strip. Position the ruler and cut the strips from the lower edge of the lower fabric to the upper edge of the upper fabric.
Every time position the next strip under the just attached strip and change the position of the ruler. You can also change the width of overlap.
Go on until your strip measures 7" x 25".
Press the strip and trim it to 6" x 24 1/2".
Finished central part of the tablerunner.

Sew the light blue borders measuring 7" x 24 1/2" to the long edges of the central part.
Playing Dolphin Table Runner

Sew the light blue borders measuring 7" x 19 1/2" to the short edges of the working piece.
Playing Dolphin Table Runner
Mark the position of the embroidery on the borders. If you have a printer and embroidery software, print-outs of the designs can be helpful. If you do not, you can cut out rectangles of the same size as the designs and arrange them on the fabric to determine the position of the embroidery. Try to position them closer to the central part.

Stabilize the chosen area. Hoop the fabric tightly and embroider the designs one by one. You can embroider all dolphins in one colors, or use different shades of blue.

Quilting and Finishing
Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all layers together.

We quilted in a free-motion style all over the quilt.
Close-up of the quilting and embroidery.

Press with heavy steam. Square the quilt. Finish the raw edges with the binding.
Close-up of the quilting and embroidery.
Have fun!

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