Time for another sewing project, as Autumn Jubilee continues. October is just slipping away too quickly!! As promised, today I’ll show you the tutorial for the placemats from yesterday’s tablescape. These are quick and easy to sew using chain piecing methods. The finished size is 12-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches.
Bernie’s bundle will have some half yard pieces, and some fat quarters, and will be enough to do six placemats with this pattern. You’ll need eighteen 5-3/4-inch print squares (six of each of the three colors) and seventy-two 3-3/8-inch white background squares. The large print below will be the center, and you’ll need six pieces cut directionally 10-1/2-inches wide x 12-1/2-inches high.
On the back of your 3-3/8-inch background squares, draw diagonal lines from corner to corner. I like to draw two lines, 1/4-inch away from the center using a 1/4-inch ruler.
Place one background square on the corner with the diagonal lines pointing to the center. Add another background square to the opposite corner with the lines touching. Pin in place and sew on the lines across both background squares.
Cut apart down the center, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Press the background triangles up, forming a heart shape. Place the remaining background squares on the sewn units on the remaining corner, with the lines running up between the top triangles.
Chain sew on the lines.
Cut apart in the center, again leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Press up, forming the flying geese.
Next, I’ll show you how to trim them. Using a square up ruler, place the diagonal line along the edge of the goose, placing the 2-1/4-inch point at the goose point. This will give you a 1/4-inch seam allowance below the point. Trim the side and top.
Now, turn the goose around and place the bottom on the 2-1/2-inch line and the side on the 4-1/2-inch line. Trim the top and right side.
Lay out your geese and decide on how you want to arrange them.
Sew in rows of six. Be sure to sew precisely through the little ‘x’ at the top of the goose so your points come out sharp.
Measure your geese strips to be sure that they are 12-1/2-inches high. Cut the large print fabric for the middle piece. Note that it is directional, and your 12-1/2-inch high will be on the lengthwise grain, while the 10-1/2-inch width will be on the crosswise grain.
Attach the flying geese strips to the sides of the center print. I put mine going up on the left and down on the right. You can have them all going the same direction if you want, or do like mine.
Quilt as desired. I loaded all six on the longarm and ran one pantograph pass across three at a time. The placemats are small enough to easily do on your domestic machine. You can do all stitch in the ditch, or put a free motion motif on them, whatever you like.
There will be enough fabric from the three geese prints to do the binding.
I chose to do each of my placemats in one color. Two placemats in orange, two in grey and two in green. Be sure to sew with a quarter inch foot on the top, so your binding doesn’t cut off your goose points on the edge. Alternately, you might put an additional border on them to make them bigger if you wish.
And there we are, six Autumn inspired placemats for a beautiful tablescape. Download the pdf free pattern – Autumn Jubilee Flying Geese Placemats
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