I was asked if I could make round placemats by a friend. My initial reaction was, ROUND?!? How the heck is the binding going to work out? I am so thankful for all the wonderful quilters who blog about their work, though, because I quickly found a wonderful tutorial on sewing circular quilted placemats. Perfection!
Well, with nothing left to do but make a few as a test, I went digging in my stash and found a beautiful charm pack of Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park fabric line. The 5″ blocks were not going to be big enough to get me to a 15″ circular diameter placemat, so I added in some fun Dear Stella polka dots.
One of the things that I liked about the tutorial / pattern was that it called for quilting before cutting the final circle for the placemat. That made a lot of sense to me. I did some quick straight line stitching to create a loose grid pattern, creating about 1″ squares.
My handy and helpful husband worked with me to create a 15″ round plexiglass template using a rivet spacer in the garage.
I changed things up a bit when it came time to put on the binding. Instead of sewing to the front as the tutorial calls for, I stitched down to the back first and used a seam allowance between 1/4″ and 3/8″. Clover clips were the perfect tool to use to hold the binding in place as I worked my way around sewing down the binding to the top.
It was much easier to ease the binding around the generous circle than I had thought, and I am really pleased with how these samples turned out!
It is pretty liberating to try something new and find that it isn’t nearly as hard or scary as it seemed at the beginning.