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Cardinals Christmas Tabletopper

This quilted tabletopper is very easy to make even for beginners. The color scheme and cardinal embroidery makes it a great piece for the Christmas season, but you can easily use the same layout with a different embroidery for another occasion.

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The finished size of tabletopper is about 24" x 24".

You will need 3 fabrics: white for the central square and borders (about 1/2 yard), green for the borders, corner blocks and binding (about 1/2 yard), and red for the corner blocks (scraps will work). You will also need backing and batting, each piece measuring about 27" x 27".


Out of white fabric, cut 1 square measuring 12 1/2" x 12 1/2",
4 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 12 1/2",
1 strip measuring 2 1/2" x 10".

Out of green fabric cut 8 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 12 1/2",
4 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10",
and 3 strips 2 1/2" wide and the width of the length of the fabric (for the binding)

Out of red fabric, cut 4 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10".

The Corner Block

The corner blocks are made out of white, red and green strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10".
Sew the white, red and green strips together as shown below:

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Cut the new unit into 4 strips 2 1/2" wide:

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Sew two red and one green stirps together as shown.

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Cut into 4 strips 2 1/2" wide:

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Sew the remaining 2 green and one red strip as shown:

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Cut into 4 strips 2 1/2" wide:

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Stitch the new strips into blocks. For the quilt you need four such blocks.

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Using the 8 green and 4 white 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips, make 4 strips, as shown below:

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Attach two of the units to the left and right sides of the 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" white square.

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Attach the corner blocks to the remaining units:

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Stitch them to the upper and lower edges of the quilt.

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Stabilize the central part with iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Make the embroidery. We used the same Cardinals design for the large hoop twice - once regular and once as its mirror image. 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 borders. After the embroidery is finished, rip the baste and cut away the excess felt around the embroidery.

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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. We quilted along the lines of the embroidery and made stippling all over the quilt.

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!

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Happy Stitching!

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