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Thread: Round Xmas placemats

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    Junior Member bourvel's Avatar
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    Would like to know if any of you have ever made round placemats, I have to make 8 of them for my sister-in-law and I have no idea of the regular size, also I would like to have a xmas pattern tutorial if any of you is so kind to share. I search the net but did not find anything
    Thanks in advance

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    The ready made ones are 17" round.

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    I also saw ready made round placemats for 15 or 16". I didn't find any patterns though. I would think you could just trace a circle, maybe a large bucket. Then decide what kind of a pattern you want to make. A dresden plate for each would be beautiful. Lots of possibilities easy to difficult.

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    Even if you just used Christmas fabric and a colorful binding (done in the round), that would be very pretty, if you can't find a block or pattern that you like.

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    I made round Christmas placemats this way: for EACH mat, cut out TWO 16" squares from white or cream tone-on-tone fabric plus an 18" square piece of Warm & Natural batting. Make a quilt sandwich and quilt with white or cream thread top and bobbin. (I did FMS but you could do just rows or grids of straight stitches with a walking foot.) Trace a 16" circle onto quilted fabric and cut it out.

    Next, gather several FQs of assorted shades of green. Iron Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 to the back of each. Take an index card and sketch the shape of a holly wreath and cut it out. Trace this holly wreath onto the Steam-a-Seam paper backing. Cut out about 18-24 assorted green holly leaves (it depends on how large you made your leaf pattern). Using a disappearing ink marking pen, make a circle 2" in from the edge of the white quilted mat. Arrange your holly leaves on the circle you just drew, overlapping them a bit and angling them a bit left and right as you go. Remove the paper backing and press them down securely with a hot iron. Next, put Steam-a-Seam on the back of some red scrap fabric to make holly berries. Cut out about 12 or 15 small circles by tracing a toothpaste cap or other small, round object. Iron these on near the holly leaves in clusters of 3.

    Next, I put gold metallic thread (love Superior!!!) on top, and white thread in bobbin and just meander some light FM quilting over all the leaves and berries. You could skip this part, but I think it looks nice. Last, I make some bias binding from red fabric and bind the placemat. (If you don't know the quick way to make bias binding from a FQ just ask.)

    These mats are quick and easy, plus they use up lots of green and red scrap fabrics from your stash. I've taught this class twice at my LQS and people seem to love making them. BTW, you might want to wash all fabrics first since reds sometimes bleed. Hope this helps!

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    You could make it look like large ornaments. Maybe include some ricrack or some metalic thread.

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    Many thanks to you all for your replies, especially Gabrielle's Mimi for your tutorial, I just now need the guts to get started

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    Also Gabrielle's Mimi could you please post a picture of your placemats, it seems really nice.

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