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Valentine Tabletopper with Cupid Embroidery

This attractive tabletopper features the design Cupid with Flower Garland for the Large (5" x 7") hoop. We are very sorry, but the design is discontinued. You can use some other designs from our Catalog instead, they will also look good on the tabletopper: Cupid, Valentine Doves Applique, Cupid. It makes a great centerpiece for your table.

The finished size of this square tabletopper is about 21 1/2" x 21 1/2".

You will need about 1/2 yard of white fabric for the embroidered central part, strips in the border and binding, 1/2 yard of red fabric for the hearts in the border and 1 fat quarter of pink fabric for the background of the hearts in the border. You'll also need a piece of batting, and backing.

Cutting:

All measurements are based on 40" wide fabric and 1/4" seam allowance.

Out of white fabric, cut a squre measuring 12" x 12", and 12 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 5 1/2". For the binding, cut 3 strips 2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric.

Out of red fabric, cut 2 strips 4 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric. Subcut the strips into 12 rectangles measuring 4 1/2" x 5 1/2".
Cut 3 strips 1 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric. Subcut them into 24 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 3 1/2".

Out of pink fabric cut 24 squares measuring 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" and 48 squares measuring
1 1/2" x 1 1/2".

Assembly:

To make the heart block, use all red and pink fabric.

Step One: Position one pink 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" square in the lower right corner of the
4 1/2" x 5 1/2" red rectangle. Align the right and bottom edges. Sew along the diagonal as shown in the diagram below. Cut, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Unfold the corner and press.

Repeat with the lower left corner.

Step Two: For the upper part of the heart, you will need 2 flying geese units.
To make a flying geese unit, take a 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" red rectangle and two pink 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares. Place one of the squares on one end of the rectangle, draw a diagonal and sew over it. Trim the excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seam, unfold the light triangle and press again. Repeat with the second square on the other side of the rectangle.

Step Three: Sew both flying geese units into a strip. Press the seam open. Sew the strip to the upper edge of the heart.

Follow the steps above to make 12 heart blocks.

To assemble the left and right borders, use 2 heart blocks and 3 white strips for each border. Sew them in accordance with the diagram below:

To assemble the upper and lower borders, use 4 heart blocks and 3 white strips for each border. Sew them in accordance with the diagram below:

Attach the borders to the central white square. First attach the left and the right borders, then attach the upper and the lower borders.

Embroidery:

Stabilize the white rectangle with iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Make the embroidery. Cut away the excess stabilizer.

You can also use polyester craft felt instead of the stabilizer. In this case we recommend to baste the quilt top to the felt in the ditch along the colored units. After the embroidery is finished, rip the baste and cut away the excess felt around the embroidery.

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 three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting from the center. We quilted along the lines of the embroidery and made small hearts and tiny stippling all over the central part. We quilted the borders in the ditch, and echo-quilted inside the hearts.

After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.
Finish the raw edges with the binding.

The quilt is ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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