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Heart of Winter Scrap-Quilted Tabletopper with Embroidery
Dive into a creative winter project with our quilting and machine embroidery tutorial, where we'll craft an octagonal tabletopper adorned with a mesmerizing snowflake wreath embroidery at its heart. Using shades of blue from your fabric scraps, we'll piece together a wide border, capturing the essence of frosty winter landscapes. Whether you're new to quilting or a seasoned pro, this tutorial promises a table centerpiece that'll be the talk of your chilly season gatherings.

We used the design Snowflake Wreath for the commercial hoop.

The tabletopper has an octagonal shape, its finished size is about 25 1/2" across.
Quilted octagonal tabletopper made of blue scrap fabrics and snowflake embroidery in the center.

You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon,
  • scraps of cotton fabrics in blue hues - from very pale to dark, patterned or solid;
  • about of 1 fat quarter of white fabric for the central part;
  • blue fabric for the binding;
  • light-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer;
  • fabric for the backing;
  • batting;
  • quilter's ruler, rotary cutter, graphic pencil;
  • iron;
  • #12 universal needle;
  • quilting threads (white, and the colors of the fabrics you use);
  • #12-#14 quilting needle.
Embroidery:
Upload the file Snowflake Wreath to your embroidery machine. We used the design measuring 8" x 8", but it's also available in smaller sizes.

Select threads. Stabilize the white fabric piece.

Hoop the fabric tightly and embroider the design.

Embroider the file and trim the stitch-out to 12" x 12" square, trying to center the embroidery.
Cutting:
Out of scraps of blue fabrics, cut strips 1 1/2" wide and the length the fabric permits.
Place the central square on the cutting table. From each corner measure 3 1/2" along both adjacent sides and mark the points with a pencil.

Cut away the corners along these marked points to get an octagon.
The central part of the working piece cut to octagon.

Assembly:
Note: seam allowance is 1/4", press the seam immediately after you make it.
Select 8 strips of different fabrics. Position the first strip, right side to right side, along one of the sides of the octagon. Stitch. Unfold and press.
The first strip is sewn to the octagon

Position the quilter's ruler along the adjacent side and cut away the protruding corner of the strip.
The corners of strip are cut.
Repeat on the other adjecent side.
The corners of strip are cut.

In the same manner sew on the second strip to the next adjacent side. Cut the protruding corners of the strip.
The second strip is sewn to the central part.
Go on adding strips along all sides of the octagon.
The first row of the strips is sewn to the octagon
After the first row is done, proceed to the second one. In this way, you can add as many rows as you like, depending on the look you are going for. We added a total of 8 rows..
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.

Start quilting from the central part, first around the embroidery, then all over the central, white part. We used stippling patterns for the central part.

Proceed to the blue borders, we quilted them in parallel lines. Change quilting threads as needed.
The close-up of the embroidery and quilting stitches.

Press with heavy steam.
Finish the raw edges with the binding.
Quilted octagonal tabletopper made of blue scrap fabrics and snowflake embroidery in the center.

Have fun!
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