yellow placemat quilted with a spiral star design.

Spring placemats

Spring is firmly here, and summer is coming fast, so I needed something new for my table.  I had a bunch of fat quarters in these bright colours, so I decided to make placemats.

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I cut them to the size I wanted, and then made quilt sandwiches and quilted them.  I did spiral shapes with different base shapes.

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To make rounded corners, I used the edge of a bowl to get the curve.

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Rounded corners mean that I didn’t have to worry about mitring the corners of the binding, but I did have to use bias binding, not cut on the straight of grain.

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For the binding, I just used packaged bias binding.  I had some kicking around in matching colours, and it’s a lot easier than cutting it out.  I know it’s not the same quality as cutting my own out of quilting cotton, but it works great for small projects like this.

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I opened the binding, and sewed it on the edge on the back of the placemat.

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After it was sewing onto the back, I turned to the right side, folded it over and then stitched it down on the front.  For a project that will be used and washed a lot, I am not going to bother with hand-sewn binding.

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Ta-da!  A quick and easy project to brighten my kitchen and practice a new quilting technique.  win-win.

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yellow fabric with spiral shape quilting.

reversible placemat with title.
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