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Thread: Found a placemat pattern but still could use some help

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    Senior Member CindyinNY's Avatar
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    I found this one this pattern and it seems simple enough but I'm not sure on the amount of fabric I'd need. I don't know metrics. lol I only bought 3 FQ's but I can get a few more if I need to.
    I also wonder if anyone could/would be willing to cut this down a bit for me. I don't want huge placemats. I'm not good at math and am too new to quilting to refigure the dementions. :(
    Sorry could only get the picture on the bottom of post.

    Seeing Squares Place Mat



    Finished size approximately 12 1/2" wide by 17 1/2" long

    We made these placemats to complement our Seeing Squares Table Runner. These placemats go together really fast and are a great beginner project. We have included fabric requirements and cutting instructions for both four and six placemats.

    A total of four different fabrics are used these placemats.

    Fabric Requirements

    Four Placemats

    Fabric A - 0.25 meters
    Fabric B - 0.25 meter
    Fabric B - 0.40 meters
    Fabric C - 0.35 meters
    Binding Fabric - 0.55
    Batting - 0.40 meters (based on 90" wide batting)
    Backing - 0.75 meters

    Six Placemats

    Fabric A - 0.25 meters
    Fabric B - 0.30meter
    Fabric B - 0.60 meters
    Fabric C - 0.40 meters
    Binding Fabric - 0.70
    Batting - 0.50 meters (based on 90" wide batting)
    Backing - 1 meter

    Suggested Fabrics
    100% Cotton fabrics

    Things to remember:

    1. Read through all instructions before starting.
    2. Prewash all fabrics.
    3. Always sew with rights sides of the fabric together using a 1/4" seam allowance throughout the whole pattern unless otherwise stated in the instructions.
    4. Press the seam allowance to the side with the least amount of bulk and towards the darker fabric where possible.
    5. All fabric is cut on the crosswise grain unless otherwise stated.

    Cutting

    Four Placemats

    Fabric A - Cut one 6 " strip
    Subcut into 4 - 6 " squares

    Fabric B - Cut two 3 " strip
    Subcut into 16 - 3 " squares

    Fabric C - Cut two - 6 " strip
    Subcut into 16 - 6 " x 3 " pieces

    Fabric D - Cut three - 3" strips
    Subcut into 8 - 12 " x 3" pieces

    Binding - cut 7 strip - 2 " wide

    Six Placemats

    Fabric A - Cut one 6 " strip
    Subcut into 6 - 6 " squares

    Fabric B - Cut three 3 " strip
    Subcut into 24 - 3 " squares

    Fabric C - Cut three - 6 " strip
    Subcut into 24 - 6 " x 3 " pieces

    Fabric D - Cut four - 3" strips
    Subcut into 12 - 12 " x 3" pieces

    Binding - cut 9 strips - 2 " wide

    Putting it Together

    These instructions are for one placemat. Each placemat is put together the same way.

    Taking one 6 square from fabric A - attach two pieces from fabric C ( 6 " x 3 ") on opposite sides of the square. Stitch and press seam allowances to center square.

    Take two 3 " squares from fabric B and two pieces from fabric C (6 " x 3 ), stitch one square on each end of fabric C. Stitch and press seam allowances to smaller outside squares.

    Now attach one of the complete Fabric B and Fabric C units on either side of the Fabric C and Fabric A sets. Repeat on the opposite side. This will now give you one complete 9-Patch unit measure 12 " square.

    Line up one of the 3" x 12 " strips on one side of the complete 9-Patch. Stitch in place and press seam allowance to outside. Repeat on opposite side.

    One placemat is now complete - repeat with additional placemats.

    Finishing Up

    Using a method of you choice, arrange and baste the backing, batting and the placemats together. Quilt as desired. On our sample we did a small stipple stitch over the complete placemats. You can stitch in the ditch or do many other free motion designs. Do what you want but most of all have fun and experiment with some different ideas!

    Trim away excess backing and batting once the quilting is complete. Attach your precut strips of binding together with diagonal seams to form a strip of binding long enough to go around the complete outside of the quilt.

    To make a French Binding, fold the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong side of the fabric on the inside and iron. Do a diagonal cut on the start of the binding strip so you can help you ends when finished. Using a " seam, attach the binding by placing the binding strip and quilt raw edges together. When you come to a corner do the following:

    Stop " from the corner
    Backstitch
    Remove the quilt from the sewing machine presser foot

    Fold the binding strip up away from the quilt and make a diagonal fold. Then, holding this newly created diagonal fold in place with your finger, bring the binding down so the binding raw edges now align with the next side that you will be sewing on. Continue around the quilt.

    Fold binding to the backside covering the raw edges and hand or machine stitch in place.
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    http://www.onlineconversion.com/length_common.htm

    this link will help you with each conversion.

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    How big do you want the final placemat?

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    first, the 12.5 by 17.5 size is not very big for a placemat - so, as Sadiemae asked, what size do you want them to be.

    Next - if you do want it smaller, you could avoid math calculations by drawing it out on graph paper and then just measuring the pieces, add seam allowances and cut the fabric out. (Do this on graph paper that is 4 squares per inch to make is easy.) To make it square, you could just use the center nine-patch block and eliminate the coordinating block on the sides.

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    Using FQ's and to make 4 placemats you will need 1 FQ for the red part, 1 FQ for the light part, 2 FQ's for the green part, and 2 FQ's for the floral, plus a FQ for each backing and then 1/2 yard for the binding. Then follow the cutting instructions for 4 placemats with Fabric A being the red, Fab B is the light, Fab C is the green and Fab D is the floral. Hope this helps. Someone else may have a better way to do this but you stated you are using FQ's and can get more. You will need 4 different fabrics, not just 3.

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    After I posted up above I made 6 of these. I wouldn't make them any smaller, but you can if you want to. As you can see by the time of my last post, they go together really fast. Now to decide how I want to quilt them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    After I posted up above I made 6 of these. I wouldn't make them any smaller, but you can if you want to. As you can see by the time of my last post, they go together really fast. Now to decide how I want to quilt them.


    LOL Yes but you are experienced. I wouldn't even have them cut out in the time it took you to cut out and sew. I've only made one quilted thing and that was my runner.
    Would love to see a picture of what you did.

    You gals on this site rock!! :thumbup:


    Thank you to everyone who's answered this post. I will copy and print out all your advice and go from there. The graph paper idea is neat and I will def. be using that sometime if not on this project.

    I really don't care if it were for myself but the person I'm making them for has placemats on her table now and they are small, much smaller than I have ever had.

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    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
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    I have to charge by batteries then I will take a picture.

    Where this pattern has squares and rectangles, if you tell me what size you want I think it can be pretty easy to calculate. If you want the center block at a finished 8", it would be really easy.

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    I'll take a picture of the FQ's I want to use for these and post it.
    If you all say the size given is ok then I'll go with that. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this gift but I don't know of anything else to get her for Chritmas and I know she wants grape things for her kitchen decor, pink ones at that which are hard to find in fabric!! lol

    Can I post the pic here or should I post it under "pictures?"
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    Your fabrics are beautiful!

    Can you sneak a measurement of the placemats she uses?

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