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Machine embroidery design enriches the Autumn Bliss Tabletopper


Join me as I make a new fall project, today! In yesterday’s post I explored the built-in embroidery designs on the PFAFF creative 3.0. I chose the biggest design I stitched out to make a one of a kind tabletopper, Autumn Bliss.

Embroidered tabletopper
Embroidered tabletopper


Before I started sewing the tabletopper together, I removed the embroidery unit and put on the original accessory tray. I also took the time to clean around the bobbin after all that embroidery play!

You can see how easy it is to remove the bobbin case and clean a PFAFF machine in my earlier post 6 easy steps to keep your sewing machine spotless and running well on QUILTsocial. I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep a sewing machine clean for trouble-free sewing.

PFAFF creative 3.0
PFAFF creative 3.0



Stitch out an over all embroidered design and trim it to 8½” square.

white background fabric

  • 4 – 1½” x 8½” strips
  • 2 – 3″ squares

fall print fabric

  • 4 – 1½” x 8½” strips
  • 2 – 3″ squares

coordinating fall fabric

  • 2 – 2½” x 12½” strips

backing fabric – fat quarter cut 12½” x 16″
batting – 12½” x 16″

Fabric requirements for tabletopper
Fabric requirements for tabletopper


Making HSTs (aka Half Square Triangles)

On wrong side of the white 3″ squares, draw one diagonal line on each.

With right sides together, sew a white square and fall print square together by sewing ¼” seam on each side of diagonal line.

Cut on diagonal line and press the seam to the fall print.

Trim each HST to 2½” square for a total of 4 HSTunits.

Making strip units

Sew together one white strip and one fall print strip to make 4 pairs.

Press the seam to the fall print.

Assembling tabletopper top

Sew one HST unit to each end of two of the white/fall print strips:

Sew with the fall print to the bottom of the unit and the fall print on the HST to the strips.

Press the seams to the strips.

Sew the remaining two white/fall print strips to the center unit with the fall print to the center unit.

Press the seams to the center unit. See the photo for direction.

Tabletopper rows assembly layout
Tabletopper rows assembly layout


Sew one HST/strip/HST unit to the top of the center unit and one to the bottom.

Press seams to the HST/strip/HST units.

Tabletopper units sewn into rows
Tabletopper units sewn into rows


Sew one coordinating fabric strip to the left and one to the right to complete the table mat top. Press the seams to the coordinating fabric strips.

The tabletopper top is complete. Sewing with PFAFF’s creative 3.0 is precise and fun! Join me in the next post to quilt the tabletopper with some more fun stitches from PFAFF.


This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Hooping it up with the PFAFF creative 3.0 machine embroidery designs

Go to part 3: Using the envelope method to finish the Autumn Bliss Tabletopper

I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I've been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I'm inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I'm also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario.


  1. victoria

    hola me gusta mucho las cosas que haces. yo tambien tengo la maquina pfaff creative 3.0 me gustaria que me dijeras si para los bordados le pones entretela, y si has bordado algunas toallas .si pudieras poner algun tutorial gracias por las ideas que compartes. A mi no me salen bien los bordados estoy un poco aburrida porque no se sacarle todo el partido a la maquina pfaff, si me puedes ayudar gracias

    • Muchas gracias por seguir QUILTsocial, estamos felices que te parezca útil. Veremos si podemos conseguir a alguien que realize un tutorial sobre bordes decorativos en toallas. Te recomiendo que vayas a nuestra página y en la barra de búsqueda coloques “decorative stitching” encontraras muchísimos tutoriales sobre eso, hay artículos usando la marca PFFAFF pero también deberías de leer los artículos que usan otra máquina por si encuentras un Tip que no sabias y puedas aplicarlo en las toallas. Es imposible aburrirte con tanta información ánimo! cualquier otra duda que tengas estamos a la orden ☺️ – Sondra

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