This second set of Xmas place mats were cut from the same piece of border fabric but because they were cut from a different section of that fabric, they look quite different fro the first set. These place mats were good practice for mitering corners. If you do it often enough, you can get quite good at it!
They were quilted in a snowflake design with a gold shiny polyester thread which has the look of metallic thread, but is much easier to run on the longarm. I’m happy with the result and I am sure they will come in handy sometime.
These place mats started from a nice border print, which I carefully cut into strips and then mitred around a centre rectangle. This set also has an inner red border. After making this set, I decided the inner border made them too large, so I eliminated that border when making the next set of place mats. These will make a nice hostess gift to have on hand.
When I finished the Autumn Tumbler Quilt (2016-29), I had some cut blocks left over. That reminded me I still had a small bag of leftover tumbler blocks remaining from my Tumbler Strippy Quilt ( 2014-1). I pulled those blocks out of the cupboard and mingled the two batches of blocks to create the centers for four place mats, alternating pieced and plain blocks. With the addition of a coordinating rust border and mossy green binding, I ended up with four very nice place mats. They were quilted with an olive green thread with an ivy pattern by Ann Bright. Isn’t it amazing what you can do with the blocks that didn’t make it into the original quilts?
And best of all, no more blocks left over. Hooray!
These four place mats were inspired by the chicken print center fabric. I had enough fabric to cut four pieces for the placemat centers. Not even a thread was left over! To make them rectangular, I added the gold side strips and then applied two borders on the place mats. Then I quilted it with a chicken wire design that added to the theme of the mats. They will add a nice country theme to the breakfast table!
This set of placemats was created from some scraps I wanted to use up. I fused one layer of batik over another, satin stitched the edges and arranged into a pleasing combination of four placemats. The backing is a coordinating blue/green print I pulled from my sash. Serendipitous! The quilting is a fern texture design by Ann Bright. They were donated to a 2015 Christmas Draw.
These placemats began when I found four small panel prints in the scrap bank at my quilt guild. The bins are wonderful. We can drop in our own scraps and take someone else’s scraps. This is a wonderful resource when you are trying to make a colour controlled scrap quilt.
I liked the colours of these panels and pulled from my stash an orange stripe for the inner border and an olive green for the outer border of the panel. The quilting is a double crosshatch that I created as a digital file executed with a gold thread that gives a nice texture to the placemats. They were then bound with a coordinating olive fabric with hand stitching to the back.
These place mats are quite simple to make. You select six coordinating fabrics, layer and cut in the stacked format so that all layers are the same. Then you mix and match the pieces to make six place mats containing all six fabrics in different positions. Here you can see two of the six place mats. I added texture with the quilting pattern, a fern feather design of three fronds that begin lower right and flow across the place mat. The quilting thread is an olive green that blends well. The straight grain binding was applied by machine to the front and hand stitched on the back.
These place mats now live at my summer cottage. I have two sets of dishes there – a set of four olive green and a set of 12 dark tomato red. These place mats go perfectly with both sets of dishes, allowing me to be spontaneous when setting the table. I enjoy my meal much more when the table is beautifully set!