Use This Neat Technique That Completes The Top And The Quilting All In One.
No need to wait till the weekend to make a new set of placemats, or anything else for your home. Using this neat ‘quilt as you go method’ creates short cuts to completing the top and the quilting… all done. The method can be applied to almost any project. In this case follow along on how to make up some nice new placemats and try out the Qayg at the same time. Once the top is complete simply finish off with the binding. It’s a nice feeling to sit down at your table and have a fresh set of placemats in place.
The tutorial covers everything including the list of fabric requirements to make your first placemat. You’ll be needing 9 assorted 2 1/2″ wide fabric strips. Start off by checking your scraps for any jelly roll strips that might be just the right colors for your placemats. Let your stash be the guide as to the colors you can use based on what you already have.
Here’s what you need in terms of fabric:
18×21″ piece (fat quarter) print for place mat backing
9 assorted print 2-1/2×14″ strips for place mat top
1/4 yard dot or print for place mat binding
14×20″ piece thin quilt batting
Quilt basting spray (optional)
Water soluble pen.
Bring in some colorful prints. A mix of deep reds/corals, and light and dark orange fabric were used for these placemats that would brighten up anyones day. Check what you have in your stash and if missing an accent ask a friend to swap for the color that would do it for your placemats. Or be daring and choose colors you never used before. Lindsey from How To Sew used Mixed Bag collection by Studio M for the placemats in the tutorial. There are some nice blues, white and light grey in the Studio M jelly roll and if you like mixing up colors this ones a great choice. There’ll be some strips left over to make a matching scrappy hot pad!
Watch the video with instructions cover every step. There’s a second video showing an easy binding method too. You’ll be making these placemats over and over, they’re so quick and easy. The video is great for beginners as it’s a watch over the shoulder tutorial. Anyone can make these! Each video is around 3 – 4 mins long. If you would prefer not to watch the video, links to the free on page tutorial are available in the green box provided below the videos.