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Summer Scrap Tablerunner with Rose Embroidery

June is the month for roses to start blossoming. This quilted table runner was pieced from scrap fabric we had left over and features the Lancaster Roses and the Queen Victoria Rose.

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The finished size of it is about 13 1/2" x 36".

For the quilt we used 5 batiks: pale cream for the embroidered blocks (one fat quarter), scraps of beige, apricot, red and brown for the blocks, and apricot and red for the borders and binding (about 1/4 yard each). You will also need backing and batting, each piece measuring about 14" x 37".

Cutting:
Out of pale cream fabric, cut 2 squares measuring 8 1/2" x 8 1/2".

Out of brown fabric cut 8 squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Out of beige fabric cut 8 squares measuring 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"

Out of apricot fabric cut 8 squares measuring 2 7/8" x 2 7/8", 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" and 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 32 1/2".

Out of red fabric, cut 8 squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" , 2 strips measuring
2" x 10 1/2" and 2 strips measuring 2" x 36 1/2". Also cut 3 strips 2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.

The Block
On your working table, put the beige and apricot 2 7/8" squares together face to face. You'll get eight pairs. With a lead mechanical pencil, draw a diagonal across the white square. Stitch 1/4" from the pencil line on both sides.
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Cut along the line. Open the new square. Press the seam towards the apricot. Trim the ears. Repeat for all the pairs. You should get 16 two-color squares, measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".
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Using 4 of these squares, and 2 brown and 2 red ones, assemble the following unit:
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You will need two such units:
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Using the remaining eight two-color squares, 4 red squares and 4 brown squares, assemble the central block:
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Assembly:
Stitch the blocks and the cream squares together in a row:
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Stitch the apricot 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips to the short sides. Press the seams towards the border.

Then stitch the 1 1/2" x 32 1/2" to the long sides. Press the seams towards the border.

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Now attach the red borders, first the short ones, then the long ones. Press the seams towards the border.
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Embroidery:
Stabilize the central part of each block 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 borders. After the embroidery is finished, rip the baste and cut away the excess felt around the embroidery.

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We embroidered the Lancater Roses and the Queen Victoria Rose.
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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 light squares.

The colored blocks are quilted as shown on the picture. They can also be quilted in the ditch.

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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 table runner is ready. Enjoy!
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Happy Stitching!
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