What are the colors of August? It is the only month that doesn’t really have an identity, aside from being hot, or having the dog days to endure. There are no holidays in August, nothing to take inspiration from like Mardi Gras, Christmas, or Halloween. So, when Bernie at Needle and Foot asked me to do a Blogger Bundle of fabrics for August, I began to think about that month. It is a bit of a stepchild isn’t it? It is the last of summer, the flowers are fading, before fall arrives with its cooler temps and colorful leaves. For some it is back to school, but for those with no kids in school, or who aren’t teachers, that doesn’t apply. So, what does August have to offer? Well, for us, August is the beginning of the harvest. Red and gold apples are starting to ripen on trees still full of green leaves. Golden sunflowers ripen their seeds on tall green stalks. Orange and gold show in the ripening peaches. Hay fields of golden grain bend softly in the mountain breeze. Corn is at the farmer’s market in abundance. Fat heirloom tomatoes are baked into pies and layered thick on sandwiches. Summer sun still shines.
Can’t you just see the harvest in these prints? Yet, with a vibrancy of green life that says it is still summer. Here are links to the individual prints –
Flecks Auburn from Indie Folk by Pat Bravo
Vine Braid from Bountiful by Sharon Holland
Perennial Optimism from Bountiful by Sharon Holland
ColorWeave in Green by PB Textiles
Aged Allure Raw by Pat Bravo
Dots in Orange from Windham Fabric, Paint the Town
I thought they would be wonderful in a set of placemats for an August Tablescape. So, I sewed up a design, and will share it with you today.
Begin by cutting strips from these four fabrics. The strips are 2-inches wide (not 2-1/2) and I cut eight from fat quarters to make four placemats. You’ll need five strips from the WOF of the 1/2-yard fabrics to make six placemats.
Sew the strips in two sets of eight in the exact same order. Press the seams in the same direction.
Cross cut into 2-inch strip sets.
Sew sets of two strips, with one turned around 180-degrees, and press. Do half of the strip sets with the gold in the upper left, and the other half with the green in the upper left. You’ll need 1 set of each arrangement for each placemat.
I pin all the sets I’ll need for chain piecing.
Just keep sewing, with just a small space between to cut apart.
Cut the floral center section 6-1/2-inches x 12-1/2-inches. The print is directional, so you’ll need to decide how you want the final placemat to look and cut them all the same way. (This is why you need an extra FQ of the focal print.) Sew the strip sets to the floral center with the gold upper left on top, and the green upper left on the bottom. This creates some movement in the design.
Cut the side pieces 3-1/2-inches x 12-1/2-inches. Add the golden side pieces to each side.
Quilt as desired and bind as usual. I had enough of each fat quarter left to do the binding for the four placemats with one in each color. Next time, I’ll show how I quilted them. And yes, I’ll be doing a tablescape too! Read on for a special deal on these wonderful fabrics!!
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These fabrics are available in fat quarter bundles or 1/2-yard bundles, both on sale at Needle and Foot, August 15 – 19 for 20% off. (We are not affiliates, just friends!) You can get four placemats from a fat quarter bundle with an additional fat quarter of the floral print as it is a directional print. You can either piece the last gold sidebar, or get an additional fat quarter of it. To make 6 placemats, you’ll need the 1/2-yard bundle, and have the added bonus of enough fabric to back your placemats in the same fabrics. You’ll have enough for binding with either grouping.
I have been given the opportunity for you to win a Fat Quarter Bundle of these fabrics!! Woohoo!! To enter, just leave a comment on what August means to you. The drawing will be Sunday, August 19th. See the finish of the placemats HERE.
What does August say to you?