Do you have a charm pack in your stash, which you love but not sure what to do with?
Charm packs are generally 42 squares. For this project, you will only need 36 charms (5” squares) so take out the 6 excess charms. I usually take out the doubled up prints.
Place any 2 charms, right sides together and stitch along one side. Now do this for the rest of the 34 charms.
Separate the adjoined charms and press the seams open.
Now it’s time to choose which of these double charms will go together.
Arrange the double charms into groups of 3 like as pictured below.
Sew them together. Press your seams open and here you have a perfect (and super fast) placemat top.
Now make layer the placemats with batting and your backing fabric. I used left over pieces of batting - you know those pieces which are just too small for a quilt, but too good to throw out? The backing fabrics was from my stash.
Even though these are “mini quilts”, I still pin basted them (just to be sure).
Quilt as desired. Straight lines would be great. A meandering pattern would be fantastic too. I went with a these curly-swirls. I’m sure they have a technical name, but I’ll stick with curly-swirls :-)
And there you have it. A lovely new set of placemats for your table.
If you do make some placemats, using this tutorial, be sure to add some photos to the Samelia’s Mum Flickr group. I’d love to see them.
Check back later as I’ll be giving away a charm pack of ‘A Stitch in Color’ by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda Fabrics – which is the pack I used in these placemats.
This range of fabric isn’t due for it’s main release until January 2012.