February 18, 2016

Picnic Placemats

After making a table runner with Melody Miller's Picnic fabric, and a quilt, I used my scraps to make a set of placemats.

I started with a 12" economy block for the center.  To make these blocks, I drafted the design on freezer paper and used the "paperless" paper piecing method.  This is my first time to use this method, and I found it very helpful, especially for large, simple blocks like this.  I added 3" HSTs and 3"x6" flying geese to either side to bring the placemats to 12"x18".

Since I was working with scraps, I did not have a clear plan from the start. I hoped to make at least four placemats, but with some variations in fabric placements I was able to make a total of 6.

You can see in the last one that I also had to vary the binding fabric.

The quilting gave me a chance to practice FMQ on my new machine (a Janome 8900).  I used a ruler for the center squares and large triangles.

I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts for Finish It Up Friday. 


  1. Great fabric, great patchwork, great quilting...these are so good!

  2. Great job. I really like these scrap placemats. Debbie