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Log Cabin Trivet

 

A classic log cabin quilt block, when combined with machine embroidery, is a lovely blend of past and present.

Make with ironing board fabric and insulated lining. You'll have a trivet that protects tables and countertops from too-hot-to-handle dishes!

 

Supplies Needed:

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8" by 8" piece of solid colored quilter's cotton (for center square - I used Kona cotton)

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Small pieces of quilter's cotton (for piecing - I used 6 different prints and colors)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

Supplies Continued: 

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12" by 12" piece of Insul-bright insulated lining

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12" by 12" piece of ironing board fabric

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12" by 12" piece of cotton batting (we prefer Warm & Natural brand batting)

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58" length (about 1 5/8 yards) of extra-wide double fold bias tape

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100% cotton sewing thread

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Rotary cutter and cutting pad

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Straight edge



Designs Used:
I used the small size of the Autumn Bounty Basket (Vintage) design on my trivet.
The Autumn department has a wide selection of designs and styles just right for your trivet! Designs 4" x 4" and smaller will fit perfectly.

Finished Size:
12" wide by 12" high
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

Special Project Notes:
It is important to use 100% cotton materials because synthetic materials (like polyester) can melt. Also, I found ironing board fabric at Joann Fabrics in the "utility" fabric section. Insul-bright insulated lining can also be found here.


Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.


To get started, using an air-erase pen, draw a 5 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" high square on the solid colored quilter's cotton (leave a couple of inches of excess fabric around the shape). Then, measure and mark the center of each side of the square by measuring and dividing by two. Next, draw lines connecting the marks - these lines will be used for hooping.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 


Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. 
If you haven't used templates for design placement before, click here for a quick tutorial. If you don't have embroidery software, you can download Wilcom's Truesizer software. It's free and can easily be used to print out paper templates. Poke a hole in the center of the template and align it with the center point on the fabric. Make sure the design fits well within the shape - there should be at least 3/4" space in between the outer edges of the design and the edges of the shape.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric. Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric and embroider the design.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

Using a rotary cutter, straight edge, and cutting pad, cut out the shape.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

Now I will begin piecing the front panel of the potholder. I will piece together a total of 3 rows working out from the center square. Each row will have a total of four pieces. Cut a piece of quilter's cotton to 1 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" high. Align this piece along the right edge of the embroidered center square piece, right sides together. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge only. Then, press the back seams open with an iron.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

Next, cut another piece of fabric (I chose the same color as the first piece) to 6 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high. Align the fabric along the bottom edge of the center/side piece, right sides together. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge only. Press the seam.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

Cut a piece of quilter's cotton (I switched to a new color) to 1 1/2" wide by 6 1/2" high. Align this piece along the left edge of the center/side and bottom piece, right sides together, pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Press the seam.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

Cut a piece of quilter's cotton (I chose the same color as the left side piece) to 7 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high. Align this piece along the top edge of the center/side and bottom piece, right sides together, pin in place, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge, and press.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

For the second and third rows, add pieces just as you did the first row starting along the right edge and working your way around the shape clockwise.  Use these dimensions for cutting the pieces for the second and third rows:

Row 2
Piece 1 (right side piece): 1 1/2" wide by 7 1/2" high
Piece 2
(bottom piece): 8 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high
Piece 3
(left side piece): 1 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" high
Piece 4
(top piece): 9 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high

Row 3
Piece 1 (right side piece): 2" wide by 9 1/2" high
Piece 2
(bottom piece): 10 3/4" wide by 2" high
Piece 3
(left side piece): 2" wide by 10 3/4" wide
Piece 4
(top piece): 12" wide by 2" high



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 


After all the rows are pieced, it is time to quilt the potholder. Lay a piece of the Insul-bright insulated lining flat. Then, lay a piece of cotton batting on top of the Insul-bright. Next, lay the assembled front piece on top of the batting. Pin the layers together and cut around the shape of the front piece. Then, using 100% cotton thread in the needle and bobbin, quilt through all three layers by sewing along the existing seams.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

Now, lay the front piece on top of the ironing board fabric, wrong sides together, pin in place, and cut around the shape of the front piece. Then, zigzag stitch around the entire shape to tack the layers together.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 


To add the bias tape, lay the potholder flat with the wrong side facing up. Unfold one side of the bias tape and align the outer edge of the unfolded side with the outer edge of the fabric. Pin it in place about 2" inches from the top left corner. Continue to pin in place around the entire shape. Then, sew a seam along the fold in the tape nearest to the outer edge of the fabric - pinch the tape at each corner as you sew. Overlap the tape at the ends about 2" and then trim the tape.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 

To prepare the loop, cut a 9" piece of bias tape and sew a 1/8" seam along the open side.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered burlap table runner.
 


Fold the tape up over the sides of the potholder and pin in place. Bring the ends of the loop together and tuck in under the open end at the upper right corner about one inch and pin in place. Next, sew a seam along inside edge of the tape around the entire potholder (fold the tape over at each corner) starting and stopping at the bottom of the loop (fold the loop up out of the way and sew underneath it to finish the tape seam).
 



The open area in the trivet will accommodate a design that is
4 x 4 inches or smaller. But, if you want to use something larger, simply adjust the pattern for a larger blank area!

You'll find that this trivet is a fashionable and functional addition to your kitchen. Make several with different fabrics to celebrate each season!


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Products used in this Project:

Fall Flower Basket (Vintage) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.86" x 7.58" | 4.84" x 6.25" | 3.01" x 3.90"