The Autumn Jubilee Sew Along continues today with part 2 of the placemat construction. The pattern for these placemats is part of Fat Quarter Shop’s Blog Remix event, revisiting old patterns with new ideas.
You’ll need three additional pieces of fabric for the front side, 3-1/2-inches x 12-1/2-inches. Use a cute coordinating print for two, placing one on each side.
Make the third piece a contrasting print, and fold it in half lengthwise. The folded edge will be the top of the pocket opening, and you can place it on the left….
or the right, your choice. On the original pattern, this is the time to add a lace detail on the side seams, but I have chosen to leave that off mine. If you want to add lace or a piping detail, stay stitch it onto the sides of the center 12-inch block before continuing to enclose it into the side seams.
I put my pocket on the left, then sewed the side seams.
Continue for the number of placemats you are making. Here’s my four. Note that I turned two of the leaves to the left, and two to the right for a little variety.
Next, layer the tops with batting and backing. Place the top and backing right sides together, then lay on the batting. These are small and will be finished on your domestic machine. I cut my backing just a bit bigger than the top.
The pocket isn’t stitched down to the edge, so be sure it is laying flat. The loose edge will be incorporated into the outer seam.
Pin lightly, leaving a space for turning on the opposite edge from the pocket.
Using a quarter-inch foot, sew around the edge of the top, joining all three layers.
When you are 1/4-inch away from the next edge, pivot and continue sewing.
As you come to points, be sure to sew through the ‘x’ created by the previous stitching for perfect points.
I leave a big space for turning to make that part easy.
Now, trim the backing and batting layers to the 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Continue all around all the placemats.
Clip the corners so the corners will turn without bulk and have sharper points.
Turn and press. Work the corners out to a nice point. I use a chopstick for this. Using your fingers or pins, turn under that part that was left open to turn it right side out. We’ll take care of that next time. No worries, no hand sewing needed!!
The final post on this sew along will be on November 1 to correspond with the Fat Quarter Shop’s Remix event. This is sooner than I told you before, it will publish next Thursday with a hop at Jolly Jabber of other blogger’s versions. Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Moda!
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And, I am really excited to let you all know that Pat Sloan has asked me to be a guest on her APQ Quilting Podcast for Monday October 29th!! She told me that she looked around my blog and my Scrap Dance series caught her eye. We have emailed several times now over the past month to get acquainted, and she has several topics identified for us to discuss. This will be my first ever podcast.
I’ll be the fourth guest that day, and the podcast will air live at 4 pm Eastern time. It will be available later as well, on her podcast archive. See the link for ways to listen live with iTunes or an Android App, or later on your computer after the podcast is uploaded to the archive. Happy Quilting!!