Although quilting happens at the end, it shouldn’t be a dreaded afterthought! The whole process of quilt finishing, from the basting to the binding, can be both rewarding and fun. These Quilted Placemats employ two basic quilting techniques to make something that is truly beautiful!
And surprise, this whole set of placemats is reversible! Both the pale ecru side and the pretty gray side are made out of machine washable Canvas. Go cream-side-up for an elegant cold soup lunch, flip them over to gray for a cozy pasta dinner or mix it up when it’s just a leftover free-for-all! Whatever the meal, these Quilted Placemats are a joy to make and to use!- Molly
- 2 total yards of Carr Textiles’ Organic Cotton Duck Canvas, 1 yard in each Stone and Natural
- 6 total yards of Purl Soho’s Bamboo Bias Tape, 2 yards in each Maize, Peach and Yellow
- 1 package of Captain 88’s Dot Cotton Linen Bias Tape in Ecru
- 4 Gutermann’s Cotton Thread 110-yard spools in colors 4660, 1370, 3260 and 1040
- Quilter’s Dream’s Natural Request Dream Batting, 100% pure cotton, throw size.
You will also need…
- A Quilted Placemat Template available here, printed, cut out and taped together as instructed
- A Hera Marker
- An erasable fabric marker
- Curved safety pins
- A rotary cutting ruler with a 60-degree marking
Finished Dimensions: 20 X 13-inch oval
Prewash and dry the fabric but not the batting or bias tape.
Each placemat will be completely reversible, with a Natural side and a Stone side so it’s up to you to assign which color will be called Fabric A and B; it really doesn’t matter. Fabric A will be the one you mark and have on top as you work. In these photos Fabric A is the Stone color and B is the Natural. Trace the cut-out-and-taped-together Quilted Placemat Template onto Fabric A and cut out the oval shape. From Fabric B and from the batting, cut a 22 X 15-inch rectangle. Put the two rectangles aside for now.
Mark and Quilt the Diamond Version
Line up the 60-degree marking line of your rotary cutting ruler anywhere along the bottom straight edge of the oval. Using the Hera Marker, mark a diagonal line along the right side of the ruler.
Mark another line, parallel to the first, 1 inch to the right. Continue to mark parallel lines every inch across the right side of the oval. Then, using your first marked line as a guide, repeat for the left side of the oval.
Now place the ruler’s 60-degree line (the blue line in this photo) along one of the previously marked lines (the black line in this photo), and using the Hera Marker, mark a new line along the side of the ruler (the pink line in this photo), 60-degrees from the first line. Just as you did in the previous step, mark the entire oval with diagonal lines going in this new direction, all one inch from one another.
After you are done marking the entire oval, it will be covered in neat diamonds!
Press the Fabric B rectangle flat and then lay the batting rectangle on top of it, smooth and flat. Finally, center the marked Fabric A oval, right side up, on top of the previous two layers. This is your quilt sandwich.
Using the curved safety pins, pin the three layers of the quilt sandwich together every few inches.
Put the thread to match Fabric A in the top and the thread to match Fabric B in the bobbin and put the walking foot on your machine. Quilt the layers together along each marked line, removing the curved safety pins as you come to them.
Carefully cut Fabric B and the batting around the outer edges of the Fabric A oval.
Mark and Quilt the Tacked Version
Press the Fabric A oval in half lengthwise and then widthwise to create two creases that meet in the center. Lay the oval flat so that the longer crease runs horizontally and the shorter one runs vertically.
Using an erasable fabric marker and starting at the center point of the oval, make a small mark every two inches to the left and to the right of the center along the horizontal crease.
Then make a mark 2 inches above the center mark and one inch to the right of the vertical crease. Make a horizontal line of markings 2 inches apart across the entire width of the oval. This second line of markings should be staggered with the first line.
Mark the entire oval this way, alternating a row of 2-inch-apart markings that starts at the center vertical crease with a row that starts 1 inch from that mark. Use both the center and the vertical crease as guides to make sure you’re staying straight as you mark.
Make a quilt sandwich, as described in the Baste section of the Diamond Version, above.
Put the thread to match Fabric B in the top and the thread to match Fabric A in the bobbin and put the walking foot on your machine. You will be quilting the sandwich together by tacking it at each marked point using a short zigzag stitch. Here’s how… Start sewing at a marked point and go forward 3/8 inch, then backwards 3/8 inch, then forwards again. This will leave you with a 3/8-inch block of stitches that looks a bit like satin stitch. Cut the threads and move on to the next marked point. Repeat for all marked points. Carefully cut Fabric B and the batting around the outer edges of the Fabric A oval.
Attach the Binding, Both Versions
You’ll attach the binding in the same way for both the Diamond and Tacked versions. Here’s how…
Pin a 62-inch length of bias tape around the edge of the placemat, encasing the raw edges of the placemat. Leave 4-inch tails of bias tape at the beginning and end of the oval and a 3-inch gap unpinned, as in the photo above.
Using the thread to match the bias tape, edgestitch the bias tape into place. Make sure to leave the 3-inch gap unsewn and to catch both sides of the bias tape as you sew.
Finger press the two unsewn tails of bias tape along the gap until they meet in the center of the gap. Then, fold and finger press the remaining tails away from one another.
Using the erasable fabric marker, mark the line where the tails meet at the center of the gap. Unfold the bias tape tails and pin them right sides together along the marked line. Sew the two tails together at the line and then cut the seam allowances to ¼ inch.
Refold the sewn-together bias tape and pin it over the gap. Edgestitch along the gap, trying to continue the line of previous edgestitching.
Repeat for all of the placemats and you’re done!