Every time I saw this primitive patchwork design at Joanns I wanted to buy it. I was dreaming of the fun quilting I could do with the patchwork but didn't want to piece together all those 1" squares. I needed a gift for my secret sister at church, so I decided to make her these placemats. I get to work with the pretty fabrics, and she gets some placemats! Win-Win!
- Main Fabric - 1 yard *
- Accent Fabric - 1/8 yard *
- Backing Fabric - 1 yard *
- 4 pieces of scrap batting 15" x 22" *
- Safety Pins
- Quilting Pins
- Rotary Cutter and self-healing mat
- Sewing Machine
- Piecing and quilting thread
*yardage is for 4 placemats
4x - -13.5" x 8.5"
8x - - 3.5" x 10.5"
8x - - 3.5" x 21.5"
8x - - 1.5" x 8.5"
8x - - 1.5" x 15.5"
4x - - 15" x 22"
1. We are going to be making little quilt sandwiches. Start by piecing together your "top" according to the chart here:
10. Remove the pins in the center first, and iron with steam. Then remove the remaining pins in sections and press the entire quilt with steam.
* I am not a fan of hand sewing at ALL, in fact I avoid it all costs. But for this project I definitely recommend hand sewing the opening closed. You need to use a loose whipstitch and you might need to do a bit of fiddling/tucking while you sew so that you have a straight line. This only takes about 5 minutes so I believe it's worth it.
I've found that I tend to OVERquilt all of my projects. . . . it's FUN, but it's not the best LOOKING option most of the time. I am going for a less-is-more approach these days.
I hope my Secret Sister likes them!