Pumpkin Spice Table Topper

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This past weekend I decided to make a cute Pumpkin Spice Table Topper as a holiday project. I spent a rainy weekend hand sewing while watching a British miniseries on my computer. Heaven! I haven’t done much embroidery in recent years, so it was a fun to brush up on my backstitch.

I chose to use one strand of DMC #5 pearl cotton so I wouldn’t have to separate strands of floss. Other supplies included an embroidery needle and thimble. I tried using a hoop but found it was easier to just hold the project in my hands.

Fabric Selection
I used 3902 Mirage Cream for the background with another layer underneath, as a liner, so knots and threads would not show through.

Design Transfer
Instead of tracing the design, I used my inkjet printer, set on light ink, to print the design on paper-backed, self-adhesive, water-soluble Fabri-Solvy.

Preparation for Sewing
The finished size of the final block is 12” square. I cut two 13-1/2” squares, drew a 12-1/2” square with a disappearing marker, and basted the two layers  within the marked 12-1/2” square.

Work in Progress
After finishing the embroidery, the piece was puckered. The Fabri-Solvy dissolved easily when the fabric was rinsed in water. I blocked the fabric on towel and let it dry overnight. The puckery look resolved when I turned the fabric over, laid it on a towel, and pressed it.

Finishing the Project
I have the strips for the borders ready to go. I plan to add the batik borders and back, and quilt it in the next few days. Please check back to see the finished table topper. It’s sure to be beautiful!



4 responses to “Pumpkin Spice Table Topper”

  1. B J Elder Says:
    11/13/2012 11:49 am

    Love the batiks that will be used in the border. This is a great autumn pattern!

  2. Cindy Radtke Says:
    11/13/2012 7:25 pm

    Nice work! Look forward to seeing your finished topper. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Linda Froggie Says:
    11/15/2012 6:55 am

    Ann, this is gorgeous! I love fall projects. Pumpkins and orange, yum. I have to keep this in mind, I love it. thanks for the inspiration~
    ~HOpppy quilting~

  4. Pat McLaughlin Says:
    11/23/2012 3:54 pm

    I love the pumpkins. I love to hand embrodiery and hand applique.


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