Quilting my Colors of August placemats began as always with a thread audition. I had a couple of good choices here because of all the colors in the prints. If you missed the construction of the placemats, click on Colors of August.
I rarely get to use the gold-green variegated thread, so I went with it this time. It is King Tut and quilts just beautifully. I used a neutral Bottom Line in the bobbin.
For small items, I like to place them close to each other on a large backing, and quilt across them as one piece.
This only works well if all the edges are stitched first, so I go as far as I can without advancing the quilt on the frame, getting all of the top two placemats, and about a quarter of the bottom two.
The pantograph is called Rosie, and the flower is much like the one in the focal print.
Advancing the quilt, I edge-stitch all of the loose edges remaining, then resume the pantograph stitching. On the first pass of the panto after advancing, I quilted over all four at once.
I used the rest of the prints for binding. You can do one color as I did, or mix up your strips to have a variety on each placemat.
So, bound and finished off, here they are!
In case you missed this on the previous post, 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. One note, the green has been replaced with a similar green grid print as this bundle was so popular that the green sold out! (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.
Giveaway! Bernie will send a fat quarter bundle of to one lucky winner!! To enter, click on Colors of August and leave a comment on that post about what August means to you. The winner will be drawn on Sunday afternoon. (My apologies to my email subscribers, this addition was made after the feed went out, so click on that post to enter.)
When I put the placemats on the table, I realized I didn’t have anything that I liked to place in the middle. So next time, I’ll show you what I did with the leftover bits.
I think these will go in the fair too. There is a category in the crafts division for table linens. What do you think of the Colors of August?
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