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    Super Member kriscraft99's Avatar
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    My sister wants 8 place mats, scrappy style - she doesn't care the pattern, fabric, etc.

    I've search the forum for different place mat ideas but was hoping you could share some pictures/thoughts/patterns that I could use.

    I'll probably "birth" them so I won't have to use binding. Then quilt them after birthing.

    Thanks so much for any ideas you have to share :)

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    This is what I do for place mats, and yes, I birth them too.

    I make any 12 inch block I like. Then I add a one -two inch border all around the block. Then I add a pieced border on the outside on the sides of flying geese or something eye catching. The place mat ends up being (with 1 inch top/bottom and 1 +2 on the sides) 13 1/2 by 17, the size of most place mats.

    I sometimes use the same fabric or color for the 1 inch border for all 4 to coordinate.

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    purplemem - do you have any pictures? I'm a visual type of person and these sound perfect! I'd love to see some you made.

    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    This is what I do for place mats, and yes, I birth them too.

    I make any 12 inch block I like. Then I add a one -two inch border all around the block. Then I add a pieced border on the outside on the sides of flying geese or something eye catching. The place mat ends up being (with 1 inch top/bottom and 1 +2 on the sides) 13 1/2 by 17, the size of most place mats.

    I sometimes use the same fabric or color for the 1 inch border for all 4 to coordinate.

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    Try the 10 Minute tablerunner pattern after you sew your scraps together, use a solid for the backing, no binding, no batting and easy to make.
    Type 10 Minute Tablerunner in Google

    Carol J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    purplemem - do you have any pictures? I'm a visual type of person and these sound perfect! I'd love to see some you made.

    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    This is what I do for place mats, and yes, I birth them too.

    I make any 12 inch block I like. Then I add a one -two inch border all around the block. Then I add a pieced border on the outside on the sides of flying geese or something eye catching. The place mat ends up being (with 1 inch top/bottom and 1 +2 on the sides) 13 1/2 by 17, the size of most place mats.

    I sometimes use the same fabric or color for the 1 inch border for all 4 to coordinate.
    I don't have EQ and I gave the last set to my mom for Christmas,
    so
    here are the elements and you'll have to sort of use your imagination

    make the colors coordinate

    use 2 of these on the outsides
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    use this to border the inside square
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    For placemats, without binding, I use two pieces for the back..cut 1/2" wider than the finished mat. I sew these pieces together, leaving an opening for turning. After you sandwich your placemat, sew around all four sides. Clip corners and turn through the opening in the back. Hand sew opening closed and then you can quilt it. I like the finished look doing it this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nana2Sew
    For placemats, without binding, I use two pieces for the back..cut 1/2" wider than the finished mat. I sew these pieces together, leaving an opening for turning. After you sandwich your placemat, sew around all four sides. Clip corners and turn through the opening in the back. Hand sew opening closed and then you can quilt it. I like the finished look doing it this way.
    Is that the same thing as "birthing" them? I wasn't familiar with that term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    My sister wants 8 place mats, scrappy style - she doesn't care the pattern, fabric, etc.

    I've search the forum for different place mat ideas but was hoping you could share some pictures/thoughts/patterns that I could use.

    I'll probably "birth" them so I won't have to use binding. Then quilt them after birthing.

    Thanks so much for any ideas you have to share :)
    What do you mean by "birthing?" Is that when you turn inside out and stitch on top?? I have no clue.....

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    Is that the same thing as "birthing" them? I wasn't familiar with that term.[/quote]

    Yes .......when birthing a quilt, I leave an opening on one side and after turning it right side out through that opening, you can hand stitch it closed or machine stitch it closed, sewing 1/4" seam around the quilt.
    For placemats....I think it looks more finished the way I described.

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    yes, nice way to make placemats

    Quote Originally Posted by Nana2Sew
    ]

    Is that the same thing as "birthing" them? I wasn't familiar with that term.
    Yes .......when birthing a quilt, I leave an opening on one side and after turning it right side out through that opening, you can hand stitch it closed or machine stitch it closed, sewing 1/4" seam around the quilt.
    For placemats....I think it looks more finished the way I described.[/quote]

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    Simple to me would be to do strip quilted mats with a traditional binding.

    They're easy-peasy and look oh so showy once done.

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    Here's a picture of a set of very simple and easy scrappy placemats I made last year. I also made some matching sets of the same design but don't have pictures of them.

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    Those are easy and very beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    Here's a picture of a set of very simple and easy scrappy placemats I made last year. I also made some matching sets of the same design but don't have pictures of them.
    Those are lovely. Inspires me to try this pattern.

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    oh Jill - I love these!!

    I'm just horrible at binding though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    Here's a picture of a set of very simple and easy scrappy placemats I made last year. I also made some matching sets of the same design but don't have pictures of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    I'm just horrible at binding though.
    It's really not that hard and if you don't practice, no you'll never learn. It's a good place to practice ... and makes for such a tidy finish!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    oh Jill - I love these!!

    I'm just horrible at binding though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    Here's a picture of a set of very simple and easy scrappy placemats I made last year. I also made some matching sets of the same design but don't have pictures of them.
    Sounds like a good place to practice! lol

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    Here is a pic of a table runner and placemats I made recently. The center of the placemats is 4" squares, 1-1/2" strips all around, then 1-1/2" strips top and bottom, 2-1/2" strips on sides to make it wider, then binding sewed on back, pulled to front and decorative stitch around the front.
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    Purplemem - are these flying geese? I love this!!

    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    purplemem - do you have any pictures? I'm a visual type of person and these sound perfect! I'd love to see some you made.

    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    This is what I do for place mats, and yes, I birth them too.

    I make any 12 inch block I like. Then I add a one -two inch border all around the block. Then I add a pieced border on the outside on the sides of flying geese or something eye catching. The place mat ends up being (with 1 inch top/bottom and 1 +2 on the sides) 13 1/2 by 17, the size of most place mats.

    I sometimes use the same fabric or color for the 1 inch border for all 4 to coordinate.
    I don't have EQ and I gave the last set to my mom for Christmas,
    so
    here are the elements and you'll have to sort of use your imagination

    make the colors coordinate

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    Janice - these are gorgeous!! wow!!


    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Here is a pic of a table runner and placemats I made recently. The center of the placemats is 4" squares, 1-1/2" strips all around, then 1-1/2" strips top and bottom, 2-1/2" strips on sides to make it wider, then binding sewed on back, pulled to front and decorative stitch around the front.

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    Hi Jill ~ I used this idea but did them without binding. They were so much fun to make! They don't look nearly as finished as yours but I used scrappy fabrics so it works :thumbup:

    here is a link:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-137891-1.htm

    thank you so much for the idea!


    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    Here's a picture of a set of very simple and easy scrappy placemats I made last year. I also made some matching sets of the same design but don't have pictures of them.

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    All pics beautiful!! But eewww! don't like the birthing term! I've always known it as an envelope finish-gonna stick with that!

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    Search "My easy peasy scrappy placemats" Just looked at this posting today.

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    Homespun - that is mine :) I was the person who was looking for ideas and those are my finished project.

    I sure got some great ideas from this orignal posting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Homespun
    Search "My easy peasy scrappy placemats" Just looked at this posting today.

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    I love to use Jill's method though I sometimes sew on an angle. I think you you add a a 3/4 inch or thereabout border around it and even if you do birthing method it would look as if it were bound.

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