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Scottish Thistle Quilted Tablerunner
Show off your Scottish heritage with this Scottish Thislte Table Runner! It is easy to piece, so you can focus more of your attention of the fun part: quilting. Features designs from the Scottish Thistle Set.

The finished size of the tablerunner is about 45" x 20".
Finished tablerunner with thistle embroidery.


You will need :
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon - we choose threads matching the colors of our fabrics,
  • 1/2 yard each of light-colored fabric (for the embroidered squares) and green fabric for borders,
  • lilac and/or purple fabrics for squares and binding (we used 5 different fabrics),
  • light-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • fabric for the backing,
  • batting,
  • quilter's ruler,
  • rotary cutter,
  • iron,
  • #12 universal needle,
  • #12-#14 quilting needle,
  • any notions you think useful for quilting (optional).
Close-up of the embroidery and quilting patterns on the tablerunner.
Cutting:
Out of the light-colored fabric, cut 8 squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Out of the lilac-purple fabric/fabrics, cut 5 squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Out of the green fabric, cut
  • 6 squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 26 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 14 1/2" and
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 17" .

Assembly:
Note: seam allowance is 1/4", press the seam immediately after you make it.
Sew all squares in rows.
  • First row: purple - cream - green.
  • Second row: cream - purple - cream - green.
  • Third row: green - cream - purple - cream - green.
  • Fourth row: green - cream - purple - cream.
  • Fifth row: green - cream - purple.
Don't lose track of which row is which!
Sew the rows together as shown on the picture below. All the similar colored squares should end up on a diagonal. The longest, purple diagonal runs down the center, then 2 cream diagonals on each side of the purple one, and 2 green diagonals on the edges.
All rows sewn together.

Position the quilter's ruler on a diagonal across the green squares and cut away the corners. Repeat on the other side.
Cut away the green conners.

Sew the green 2 1/2" x 26 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the working piece. Press open.
Position the ruler on the edge and align it with the edge line.

Cut away the protruding corners of the green strips.
Cut away the protruding corners of the green strips.

At this point your working piece will look like this:
The working piece with 2 green borders.

Take a 2 1/2" x 14 1/2"green strip. Starting from the tip of the purple square, align the strip with the edge. The end of the strip will slightly protrude beyond the green border. Pin. Stitch. Press open. Cut away the protruding corner.
Take a 2 1/2" x 17" green strip. Stitch it to the last edge that doesn't have a border. The end of the strip will slightly protrude beyond the green border on one of the long sides. Pin. Stitch. Press open. Cut away the protruding corner.
Cut away the protruding corner.


Embroidery:
Mark the position of the embroidery in each cream square. If you have a printer and embroidery software, print-outs of the designs can be helpful. If you do not, you can cut out paper shapes of the same size as the designs and arrange them on the fabric to determine the position of the embroidery.

Stabilize the chosen area. Hoop the fabric tightly and embroider the designs one by one.

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 tablerunner.
Close-up of the quilting patterns.

Press with heavy steam. Square the quilt. Finish the raw edges with the binding.
Close-up of the quilting patterns.

Have fun!
Close-up of the embroidery and quilting patterns.

Close-up of the embroidery and quilting patterns.

Close-up of the embroidery and quilting patterns.

Close-up of the embroidery and quilting patterns.

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