Can you believe that it’s already September? It’s almost time for me to put my summer placemats away till next season. Let me share this quick and easy to piece placemat.
This is what you will need to make four placemats.
Center: 4 – 6 1/2 inch squares (I used the 12 inch qube set from AccuQuilt – Die #1)
1st Border: 8 – 2″ x 6 1/2″ strips (Use the 2″ strip die) and 8 – 2″ x 9 1/4 strips
2nd Border: 8 – 2 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ strips and 8 – 2 1/4″ x 12 1/2″
4 – 4 1/4″ x 12 1/2″ for side panel
4 – 14′ x 16″ batting and backing.
You will also need 2 1/2″ strips of coordinating fabric for binding.
The thread I used for this project is Superior – Orange Glow #3055.
The fabrics I used were mostly scrap pieces I had in my stash.
Sew your first border pieces to your square and then press open.
Sew your second border on next. I have two different colors of fabric but you can use the same fabric for all four sides. Be sure to press open so you can sew on the side panel.
Once side piece is sewn on, press it open.
I made my batting and backing slightly bigger than my front piece. This gave me extra fabric to hold onto while I was quilting my sandwich. Make your quilt sandwich and decide how you would like to quilt your placemats.
I am learning how to use my long arm rulers and decided to quilt my placemats with them for this project. These are the rulers used for my designs.
All were Handi GADGETS – HQ Mini Scallop Ruler, Wave A & F and HQ Multi-clamshells.
Here’s my quilted placemats. I did my best to repeat the same patterns on all four mats. Now it’s time to cut my 2 1/2″ steps, sew them together, press in half and then sew the binding onto my placemat.
Let me share a quilting hack that I use for my binding and it has made my life much easier.
After I finish pressing my binding I roll it up and put it on a free-standing thread stand. I like this method much better than leaving the binding in a pile or wrapping it around a small quilt ruler, etc. It no longer rolls around on the floor picking up threads.
Something else I’ve found helpful in the binding process is after I’ve sewn my binding in place, I press it. By pressing your binding open, it helps when rolling it over to the front or back to sew in place.
I like this pattern I came up with as it’s easy to put together and makes a nice placemat. I will probably make other seasonal placemats with it in the future.
If you decide to make a placemat, be sure to share your creation in the comments.