Last week, I was happy to find that I had plenty of remaining red, cream, and blue fabric left over from the Digital Wave table runner to piece two placemat tops. There wasn’t a LOT of fabric, so I decided to keep it very simple and just create bands of color. Too many more seams and I wouldn’t have had enough fabric.
I opted to use the same thread and free motion quilting motif that I used for the table runner; I used 50wt Aurifil 2311 (Muslin) to quilt a field of stars across the table runner. Last week Suzanne asked how I kept them so consistent in size. There is actually quite a bit of variation in the size of the stars. Some are smaller and fill in the small spaced. And the largest size is really dictated by how far I can free motion quilt a straight (or straight-ish) line.
I did not, however, have enough of the plaid print left over after using it for the back of the table runner for both placemat backings. Thankfully I used the extra strip piecing from the placemat tops to fill in and create a pieced backing. When I basted the placemats, the backing were only ½” larger in each dimension than the tops which was a little fiddly, but I made it work.
Thankfully I had plenty of the same binding gingham print to bind the placemats. Right now, I only have about 4″ x WOF left of the gingham print.
After quilting, I trimmed up the placemats to be about 12⅛” x 16⅛” (the tops were 12½” x 16½” prior to quilting). I expect them to shrink to be about 11½” x 15½” after first wash.
The only fabric I have left are the small strips shown on the right in the photo above. My goal this week will be to see if I can turn those strips into coordinating mug rugs. As I am out of the backing print, I’m hoping I’ll have enough there for piecing tops and backings. I have just enough of the binding print to bind 2 mug rugs, so hopefully it will all work out. Wish me luck; it might be tight! What are you working on this week?