Seeing Squares Place Mats

Seeing Squares Place Mat


Finished size approximately 12 1/2" wide by 17 1/2" long

We made these placemats to complement our Seeing Squares Table Runner. These placemats go together really fast and are a great beginner project. We have included fabric requirements and cutting instructions for both four and six placemats.

A total of four different fabrics are used these placemats.

Fabric Requirements

Four Placemats

Fabric A - 0.25 meters
Fabric B - 0.25 meter
Fabric B - 0.40 meters
Fabric C - 0.35 meters
Binding Fabric - 0.55
Batting - 0.40 meters (based on 90" wide batting)
Backing - 0.75 meters

Six Placemats

Fabric A - 0.25 meters
Fabric B - 0.30meter
Fabric B - 0.60 meters
Fabric C - 0.40 meters
Binding Fabric - 0.70
Batting - 0.50 meters (based on 90" wide batting)
Backing - 1 meter

Suggested Fabrics
100% Cotton fabrics

Things to remember:

1. Read through all instructions before starting.
2. Prewash all fabrics.
3. Always sew with rights sides of the fabric together using a 1/4" seam allowance throughout the whole pattern unless otherwise stated in the instructions.
4. Press the seam allowance to the side with the least amount of bulk and towards the darker fabric where possible.
5. All fabric is cut on the crosswise grain unless otherwise stated.

Cutting

Four Placemats

Fabric A - Cut one 6 ½" strip
Subcut into 4 - 6 ½" squares

Fabric B - Cut two 3 ½" strip
Subcut into 16 - 3 ½" squares

Fabric C - Cut two - 6 ½" strip
Subcut into 16 - 6 ½" x 3 ½" pieces

Fabric D - Cut three - 3" strips
Subcut into 8 - 12 ½" x 3" pieces

Binding - cut 7 strip - 2 ½" wide

Six Placemats

Fabric A - Cut one 6 ½" strip
Subcut into 6 - 6 ½" squares

Fabric B - Cut three 3 ½" strip
Subcut into 24 - 3 ½" squares

Fabric C - Cut three - 6 ½" strip
Subcut into 24 - 6 ½" x 3 ½" pieces

Fabric D - Cut four - 3" strips
Subcut into 12 - 12 ½" x 3" pieces

Binding - cut 9 strips - 2 ½" wide

Putting it Together

These instructions are for one placemat. Each placemat is put together the same way.

Taking one 6 ½ square from fabric A - attach two pieces from fabric C ( 6 ½" x 3 ½") on opposite sides of the square. Stitch and press seam allowances to center square.

Take two 3 ½" squares from fabric B and two pieces from fabric C (6 ½" x 3 ½), stitch one square on each end of fabric C. Stitch and press seam allowances to smaller outside squares.

Now attach one of the complete Fabric B and Fabric C units on either side of the Fabric C and Fabric A sets. Repeat on the opposite side. This will now give you one complete 9-Patch unit measure 12 ½" square.

Line up one of the 3" x 12 ½" strips on one side of the complete 9-Patch. Stitch in place and press seam allowance to outside. Repeat on opposite side.

One placemat is now complete - repeat with additional placemats.

Finishing Up

Using a method of you choice, arrange and baste the backing, batting and the placemats together. Quilt as desired. On our sample we did a small stipple stitch over the complete placemats. You can stitch in the ditch or do many other free motion designs. Do what you want but most of all have fun and experiment with some different ideas!

Trim away excess backing and batting once the quilting is complete. Attach your precut strips of binding together with diagonal seams to form a strip of binding long enough to go around the complete outside of the quilt.

To make a French Binding, fold the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong side of the fabric on the inside and iron. Do a diagonal cut on the start of the binding strip so you can help you ends when finished. Using a ¼" seam, attach the binding by placing the binding strip and quilt raw edges together. When you come to a corner do the following:

Stop ¼ " from the corner
Backstitch
Remove the quilt from the sewing machine presser foot

Fold the binding strip up away from the quilt and make a diagonal fold. Then, holding this newly created diagonal fold in place with your finger, bring the binding down so the binding raw edges now align with the next side that you will be sewing on. Continue around the quilt.

Fold binding to the backside covering the raw edges and hand or machine stitch in place.

Enjoy!!













Last modified: 14:45:59 Thu, Aug 9 2007