Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Heat wave to Harvest Placemats


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It's hard to believe I've never sewn myself placemats before.  You should see what we've been protectiing our table with...placemats I picked up for 50 cents a pop.  Needless to say, they're not exactly eye candy. 
 I've wanted to make some, and I tend to lean towards summer colors but with snow capped mountains behind my house, I figured I'd better go with a fall scheme.  But, why not get the best of both worlds with a reversible place mat?

Here's How to make them:



1.  Choose 2 coordinating Spring/Summer fabrics and 2 coordinating Fall/Winter fabrics.
 For each side, One will be your accent fabric and the other will be you main fabric.
Cut one 11 1/4" x 12" block from each main fabric
Cut one 6 1/4" x 12" block from each accent fabric
Sew the coordinating fabrics right sides together matching 12" sides. 
Press.


2.  Mark diagonal quilting lines with a white crayon and a clear ruler 1 1/2" apart on one side of your placemat.


3.  Layer your placemat right sides out with a 17 1/2" x 12 1/2" piece of batting in between. 
Use spray adhesive or pins to hold it together


4.  Stitch down each diagonal line.   When your placemat starts to hit the inside of your machine, roll it in towards the needle. Don't ever flip your place mat around and start sewing from the other direction or you'll get big bubbles in your quilting. (I learned that the hard way)

Use a hot iron to press the crayon off your placemat, trim the batting leaving a 1/4" hangover  and bind it like a quilt.


Fabrics used:

Summer
  Summer House Popsicle Pink by Moda 
and
Summer House Floral Aqua by Moda

Fall
Anna Maria Horner Glow
and
Anna Maria Horner Hugs and Kisses Pink Lime

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P.S. Congrats to Catskill Quilter who wrote comment number 118: "Lovely Fabrics!  I am a regular follower of you blog!". You've won the Summer House Fat Quarters from last weeks giveaway.


I'll be in contact soon :)


26 comments:

Aubrey said...

just lovely!

Bead and Needle said...

These are GREAT, Annie - congrats to Catskill Quilter, too! Happy Tuesday - Tanya

Jenny B. said...

Super cute! Can't wait to make some of my own. :)
Jenny

The Thueson's said...

Soo cute! I have been needing to make placemats myself! :)

Kim and Brian said...

These are adorable!!! Thank you for the cute gift idea:)

elizabeth said...

These are beautiful....great fabrics : ) I could use some for my table too!

I am starting a new link up on Mondays called Little Quilt Mondays and if you would like, it isn't to late to link up this darling tutorial .

http://piecefullife-elizabeth.blogspot.com/2011/10/1st-edition-little-quilt-monday-ticker.html

Jackie said...

Oh Those are beautiful, I need to make some for my dining room table!
Thank you for the lesson!

Carla said...

Very pretty and great fabrics! I think you and I shopped in the same store because I have some 50 cent mats too.

redfly said...

Love the beautiful colors! Great site.

Melissa
http://redflycreations.blogspot.com

Rolled Up Pretty said...

K seriously? You have the best ideas ever. These are ADORABLE! I am totally making some... If I'm not too lazy :) The best part is that you can throw them in the washer! Thanks for linking up to my blog Annie! You're so cute!

AnnieK said...

These are way too pretty for practical old placemats...wall art, maybe...

Fay said...

They're gorgeous!

Cowgirl Crafter said...

Very pretty!

Megan said...

Love them! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

Cathy @My 1929 Charmer said...

I am sewing obsessed. Like your header. I love anything that serves a duo purposed, and so pretty! I would love it if you shared this at my 1st Sunday's Best Link Party.

Toni said...

Excellent place mats! Love the colors and fabrics you used!

Lish said...

What a fantastic idea...love the colors you choose too!

Recent post-http://imprintalish.blogspot.com/2011/10/to-die-for-brownies.html

Carmen said...

These are beautiful...so much nicer than store bought ones. Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin’ link party this coming Friday, www.rocaandcompany.blogspot.com. Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there….

Remember…YOU ROCK!!

colorchic said...

Very Cute!Thanks for the inspiration! My little trailer desperately needs places mats! I will be working on some this evening!

One Tough Mother said...

These are just fabulous! I'd love to have you link up on {Not So} Tough Tuesday's on One Tough Mother!

www.onetoughmom.blogspot.com

Hope to see you soon!

rebekahdawn said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to try these myself.

Marie said...

They turned out so great! Thanks for linking up with us at Show & Share! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!

Marie
mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

That sounds easy enough, thanks!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

I saw your giveaway at Southern Lovely and I was checking out your blog (your newest follower by the way). These placemats are super cute!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Super cute placemats! Thanks of linking them up this week! I am featuring them today!

http://www.thegunnysack.com/2011/10/what-in-gunny-sack-features_22.html

Chris said...

Hi Annie, what a lovely job you did of the placemats. Will brighten up anyones table. Great work. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris