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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Crazy Squares Placemats

This will makes a set of six placemats 

I don't prewash my fabrics before sewing. 

If you do, you may want to get more fabric than FQ's. 

As always, use a 1/4" seam allowance for all sewing except when applying binding. 

Precise cutting, ironing and squaring are key to a beautiful quilted project! 

16 Crazy Squares (see my tutorial!)

You will need 4 Fat Quarters in coordinating fabrics/colors OR . . . thirty-six 6" squares to make the required Crazy Squares 
1/3 yard for inner border 
1/2 yard for outer border 
1 and 1/4 yard for backing OR six FQ's 
Thin batting that contains scrim

Cut: Inner border into 1 1/4" strips 
Outer border into 1 3/4" strips 
Backing fabric 14 1/2" X 20" (six) 
Batting 14 1/2" X 20" (six) 
Binding 1 yard 

Sew three blocks together for the top row. 

Press seams to right. 

Three more make up the second row. 

Press to left.

Sew the top row to the second row and press. 

Now sew your inner border strips onto the top and bottom of the placemat center. 


Next sew the inner border strips onto the sides of the placemat. 


Sew outer border strips to the top and bottom, then sides. 


Repeat process for the rest of the placemats.

To Quilt:  

Layer a thin batting between your pieced top and a backing fabric, and baste. 

I used large saftey pins.

Using the largest stitch my machine had (4) I stitched 'in the ditch' with a top thread that matched well with the top and my bobbin thread was mached to the backing fabric. 

Be sure not to have any unquilted areas larger than 4" so your mats batting won't shift around.

On the back, pull the top thread through to the back and tie in a knot and hide them by inserting the thread in between the layers coming back up about an inch or so. 

Clip threads, and they are gone! 

These make great gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, and Weddings. Make a set for your own home celebrating the seasons, holidays or for every day use!


Carrie said...

Cute!! Love it. I will definitely have to add this one to my ever growing project list!

Anonymous said...

Just started making these placemats. They look terrific. Definitely a "keeper" for a pattern. Thanks for sharing!!