Since I hosted Segment 3 in the Destination QAL, I wanted to finish up the blocks into something useful. Those 12″ blocks can pile up – I have at least a half dozen other miscellaneous blocks to do something with and so I couldn’t stand the thought of letting these lanquish, too. Placemats are a great gift and these will be fun to use. There are also placemat programs with some Meals on Wheels programs and these might be fun to give to one of those. But, I am getting a little ahead of myself, so let me continue and tell you about the easy peasy way of making/finishing placemats!
I used Electric Quilt to mockup my placemats. I liked the idea of using some of the leftover 2-1/2″ strips I had from this and other projects. Here’s what you need for one placemat (you can do the math if you are doing more – its not that hard.
Materials for one placemat that finishes at 14″ x 18″:
2 accent strips: 2-1/2″ x 12-1/2″
Border strips: 2 @ 1-1/2″ x 14-1/2″and 2 @ 1-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ (2 WOF 1-1/2″)
Backing: 18″ x 22″
Batting: 15″ x 19″
Assemble the placemat:
- Add accent strips to the left side of your block.
- The add border strips, long sides first, short sides second
- Then, assemble the layers, Top, batting, and backing.
- Quilt as desired.
Make a Self-Binding: (flatter and faster than miles of binding around placemats!)
- Select either button above for a more complete explanation of this process.
- For these placemats: trimm 1″ all the way around the placemat.
- Cut the corners, using a ruler with 45° lines intersecting, 1/4″ from the corner.
- Press the edges to the edge of the top/batting.
- Sewed the corners, folded at 1/4″
- Then sew down the binding.
I loaded mine on the longarm with a larger piece of backing. For quilting designs I chose two patterns:
the one in the accent strip is called “Zipper border” and the one on the block is called “Snail Square” in the Prostitcher library. I liked the way the zipper border design played in those accent strips. I didn’t want an intense quilting design for the block and the snail square did exactly what I needed.
I spent more time thinking about doing it than actually getting it done. The first one I quilt is always the hardest. I think these will be delightful placemats for someone. I am not sure of the destination, but that is part of the fun of making many different blocks.
The next obstacle was the weather, just too dark to take pictures (either evening or a rainy day). Finally, that was accomplished. This is also one of my goals for this quarter #Wipsbegone2021quarter2 with Leanne, The Devoted Quilter. The other one is nearly done, but a few things to
rip out finesse and hopefully there will be a post before the weekend is out. Those astute readers will notice that my ferry block is not on here. My intention is to make pillows and will concentrate on that in the next quarter, when I obtain some pillow forms!
Coming Up on the Blog:
WIPS Be Gone progress
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – 11/22