Late Friday evening I went into my sewing room, looking for a particular piece of fabric. Of course, I could not find it immediately, but as I was going through my bins of fabric (yes, that was bins plural!), I came across two pieces of fabric I had forgotten I had (this is the “2” in the title). Has that ever happened to you? As soon as I saw them, an idea popped into my head. The fabric seemed to be speaking to me, so I wrote down what it said it wanted to be.
With my drawing and fabrics in hand, I went to my computer to look for the embroidery designs I knew I wanted to use and then went straight to the cutting table (i.e. the dining room table) to cut out the pieces. Within an hour I had found the fabric, sketched the design, found the embroideries and pieced the top. Not bad! Next I marked the center of the middle of the table runner and laid out the paper templates for the embroidery placements.
At this point I made a decision on my batting: I decided to use OESD’s Fusible Fleece and I fused that to the backing fabric. This way I knew my work would be stabilized as I embroidered and I had no chance of the backing fabric creasing without my knowledge. (Ask me how I know that can be a problem!) I used my 200×200 hoop for the center embroideries and used the plastic alignment template that came with the hoop to make sure I was centered when I got to the machine.
Remember that embroidery always uses less tension on the top thread than in regular sewing. I order to make the embroidery look like quilting rather than an embroidery design the top thread tension must be increased to form a more balanced stitch. I wanted to use the Active Stitch Technology on my Pfaff (known on the Husqvarna Vikings as the Deluxe Stitch System) to give me the best thread feed, so I increased it from 50 to 80.
Once I finished embroidering the center panel it was time to quilt the borders.
Since you can’t see the design as well on the borders, here it is: from Pfaff’s Brilliant Blocks and Borders collection.
In case you are interested, the center embroideries are from the following collections:
7.5 hours after I began this process, I have a finished product.
For all you embroiders out there, there are about 80,000 stitches total in this table runner, including the center and border designs. The stitching took a little more than 6 hours to complete and the remaining time was spent in the table runner’s assembly. Thus the title of this writing: two rectangles of fabric and seven and a half hours of work! “2 + 7.5”