Sew a few strips together and see what comes of it.
I rediscovered these batik strips from Island Batik in my stash. The strips were each about 3" x 10" and I thought the four groups of 5 strips would make a nice size set of placemats. So the strips were sewn. Wanting to try something new to me, I decided on making these placemats without binding.
Step 1: Put the placemat right side facing up on a piece of batting.
Step 2: Trim the batting to the same size as the placemat.
Step 3: Place the backing fabric on top with right sides facing. Pin the layers together.
Step 4: Sew along the edge of the batting using a 1/4" seam. Be sure to leave a 4" space unsewn for turning and backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
Step 5: This is just to show how there was a space left unsewn for turning.
Step 6: Trim the backing fabric even with the edge of the batting.
Step 7: And trim the corners.
Step 8: Turn the project inside right and press the edges. Then pin the opening closed.
Step 9: Topstitch 1/8" from the edge all the way around and quilt along the seam lines to finish.
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The finished measurements of each placemat was approximately 9" x 14". I think I picked up the backing fabric as a remnant from my LQS a couple years ago. It was just the perfect size for these four placemats and is called The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini from the Elm Creek Quilts collection for Red Rooster Fabrics. I remember reading all of Jennifer's books when I first started quilting. And really enjoyed her stories and the quilting characters. And am so glad to have my own online quilting crew! Thank you for being in my story!
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