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20 October 2010

Quick and easy placemats

I love FMQ. Love, love love it!

I hadn't had a chance to practice it on my new machine, so needed a quick easy project to get my much yearned for practice in... so I thought placemats. Always useful with 2 messy kids who seem to get as much food around their plates as they do in their mouth.

Placemats are also a great way to use those fabrics that you have sitting on your shelf... and wonder why on earth you bought them in the first place. You know the ones I mean? 

Plus they're a perfect way to use up old left over bits of batting.



After cutting up the "retro" fabric into random sized pieces and piecing it together in a that you're happy with, cut it down to the size of a placemat. I used the ones I have at home and measured my new ones with those.

Cut the backing fabric (I used some ikea fabric which is strong and will last through all of the washing).

Arrange your pieces of batting over the top of the backing piece so that they all line up with no spaces or gaps in between.

Line up your top and you're ready to quilt it. As it's so small, I didn't do much pinning. Just a couple of pins here and there to hold it together.

Hmm.. now to figure out which foot to use out of the dozen or so new feet that came with the machine :-)



Quilt, quilt, quilt ...



Trim and then add the binding... I just machine bound mine as it's so much faster than doing it by hand.



And there you have it. Now to make the other 5...

Quick, easy to put together and great for catching spilt spaghetti sauce :-)

6 comments:

  1. Very cute palcemats. I like the fabrics you used. I need to put this on my list of things to do!

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  2. they're beautiful!
    do you piece the batting together? or you just put them close to each other?sorry for silly question, I'm very new at this...!

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  3. They are really cute! Maybe I should make some in boys fabric, it might keep the food on the table!

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  4. Lol, I should try FMQ on potholders instead of the standard squares/diamonds. If I start small it won't be so daunting. Love your neat stitches and even designs.

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  5. Beautiful work! Some day I''ll try make one piece for my bed :-)

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