Marmalade Placemat

Basix by Urban Elements offers thirty unique continuous quilting embroidery designs in both single run and triple. For a traditional quilting look, use the single run option as used in this lesson. The triple stitch option will give the run stitch designs a bolder look which would be perfect for tablecloths, pillowcases borders and even to dress up the hem of a plain dress or skirt.

This placemat project will teach you the very popular quilting technique of all over, or edge-to-edge quilting with your embroidery machine. The principles are the same for a placemat as for a quilt. This is a fun project that teaches the different aspects of the technique in a simple achievable format. It is also a great way to audition quilting designs before you tackle that bed size quilt! Finished placemat size 20” x 15”.

 

Supplies

 

Instructions

Open design 80286-19 in software. Rotate design 90º to the right and mirror image horizontally (to match design in sample). Resize the design proportionally to fit in the desired hoop. In this lesson the design was resized 130% or to approximately 9” wide. Save single design in the proper embroidery format.

Copy and paste single design. Position second design below the first as shown aligning centers vertically. Resize the design proportionally to fit in the desired hoop. In this lesson the design was resized 130% or to approximately 9” wide. Save the design with a different name in the proper embroidery format.

Print templates for designs at full size or 100% scaling on StabilStick Template Sheets. Depending on the design size, the template may require two sheets. Combine sheets if necessary.
Trim close the design.
Tip - Save scraps for Embroider Step 4.

Place backing fabric, right side down on a flat surface, cover with batting. Spray baste the two layers with 505 Adhesive Spray. Center top fabric over batting and spray baste. Note the batting and backing are larger than the top to accommodate hooping off the edge. Mark the center of the top fabric with a removable pen. Remove paper backing from the template and align the center of the design with the center of the top fabric. Gently finger press to secure.

Loosen the outer hoop to accommodate the extra thickness of the quilt layers. Hoop all three layers with ample room around the design template. Note – hold all three layers as one when making any adjustments to the fabric. In other words, don’t tug on the top fabric alone if it needs to be adjusted.

Load the double design into the machine. Move the hoop so that the needle is over the crosshair of the template. Use advanced machine functions (such as pin-point placement, laser positioning, camera, etc.) to make sure the design alignment is correct. Remove the template and set aside to use again.

Make sure the template is removed and set aside to use again. To keep the back of the placemat looking as good as the front, advance to the first stitch of the design. Rotate the hand wheel to lower the needle into the fabric and retrieve the bobbin thread. Pull the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric as shown.

Press the start button and begin to stitch the design while holding the thread tails out of the way of the stitching. When the design is complete, knot the thread tails with a square knot and clip close to the fabric. If the automatic thread trimmers are turned off, the same can be done with the thread tails at the end of the design. Note- this is the perfect opportunity to experiment with different ways of dealing with the thread tails. Just remember, this is a placemat, not a family heirloom.

One of the important lessons of this technique is how to deal with embroidering of the edge of the fabric (or quilt top) without the foot getting caught on the raw edges when it moves back onto the fabric. It would be easy to just use a larger piece of fabric for a placemat, but with a quilt, there may only be a 1/4” seam allowance. Here are three options to alleviate that problem:

A. Use the scraps of StabilStick Template Sheet removed when trimming the templates to tape the edges down. Smooth the edges for a good seal.
B. Use OESD TearAway Tape to secure the loose edges of the fabric directly to the batting.
C. Use strips of StitcH2O water soluble topping adhered to the fabric with 505 Adhesive Spray

Remove the project from the hoop. The single design will be used to complete the center section. Using the single template this time, match the center line of the template with the center line marked on the placemat. For the bottom design, butt the top edge of the template up to the bottom edge of the design above as shown in the image. Repeat steps 1-3 for the single bottom and the single top designs in the center section.

The quilting is done from the center out to eliminate puckers and shifting of fabric. Now that the center is done with four repeats of the single design, the placement marks for the remaining designs can be done. The sides will not use the center markings since they will be joined at the starting and ending stitches of each center design. Before marking, press the placemat (it is alright if the center markings are removed) to make it flat and remove any hooping distortions. Then, using a fabric marker and a quilter’s ruler, draw a straight horizontal line through the stitched designs at the position of the starting and ending stitches as shown. These horizontal lines should continue off the edge on each side of the placemat.

Position the double or single design template matching the ending stitches on the left side with the starting stitches in the center. For the designs on the right side, position the templates so that the starting stitches match the end stitches on center designs. Stitch the designs on each side.
If the backing and batting are not wide enough to successfully hoop the fabric to stitch the sides, simply stitch a scrap of fabric to the raw edge of the base fabric.

After the stitching is complete, press the placemat. Use a rotary cutter and mat with a quilter’s ruler to measure, mark and trim the placemat to the final size of 20” x 15”.

Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press. Attach the binding to the trimmed placemat with a 1/2” seam allowance.

Now that you have mastered the technique, use other continuous line quilting designs to make more placemats and experiment with different stitch-to-stitch connection positions.

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