The Autumn Jubilee Sew Along begins today with a fun project that will be immediately useful this season. We’ll be making placemats for the holidays, perfect for the Thanksgiving table or your kitchen table for everyday use all autumn. This sew along will cover a 5 week period, with three posts publishing every other Friday until November 1.
The actual pattern for these placemats is part of Fat Quarter Shop’s Blog Remix event, revisiting old patterns with new ideas. So today, we’ll begin with the center, which is a 12-inch block. I made my placemats with Maple Leaves, but you can choose any 12-inch block you like. So, decide what you’d like to have as the center, and how many placemats you want to make. Grab some additional coordinating fabrics, as we will use those next time for the side bits and backing.
To make a 12-inch Maple Leaf block, cut the following –
Maple leaf color – two 5-inch squares, three 4-1/2-inch squares, and one strip 1 x 7-inches
Background – three 5-inch squares, and one 4-1/2-inch square
On two of the background 5-inch squares, draw sewing lines 1/4-inch away from the center on the diagonal. On the third square, cut in half on the diagonal to make two triangles.
Pair up the 5-inch maple leaf color squares with the background ones, and sew on the lines. Chain sew for efficiency. Use square cut into two triangles with the 7-inch strip to create the stem.
Square all units to 4-1/2-inches.
Lay out the leaf block and sew in rows, pressing seams in alternate directions.
Make the number of blocks needed for the number of placemats you’d like. I’m doing four. Here’s a pdf for your sewing room – Maple Leaf Block
Again, any 12-inch block will suffice, these pumpkins from our Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along that just started on Monday would do well too! Oh, and just so you know, the leaf is NOT Block B for the quilt along, LOL!! Welcome to my new readers, click on the link if you missed the first quilt along post, which is a different project from the Teacups Quilt Along.
In two weeks, we’ll take the 12-1/2-inch blocks and add some details to finish the placemat tops, then the last post we’ll finish them up and see some other ideas for this pattern. So, make the number of blocks you’ll need for your Thanksgiving table during the next two weeks.
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