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    Senior Member CindyinNY's Avatar
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    These are the placemats I've been working on for a friend for Christmas. Just need to bind them and I dread that task. The binding will be the same as the center square.

    The only quilting I've done was a table runner and the binding was the worst part of it. Please tell me this can't be as bad as that was! lol
    These have been a constant struggle!
    They aren't perfect but I think they look ok so far. I sure hope she likes them.
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    love the colors!

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    Nice fabric. Good job.

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    I think It looks great. I love the colors. :thumbup:

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    They are pretty!

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    ever consider sewing right sides together, leaving an opening to pull back through - press seams, blind stich opening, then topstitch around mat edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    ever consider sewing right sides together, leaving an opening to pull back through - press seams, blind stich opening, then topstitch around mat edge.
    :lol: :lol: I was just thinking of telling her the exact same thing!!! :lol: :lol:

    This would be the way to go if you simply want to get them done -- NOW!!! 8-)

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    I agree- for placemats, the easy way is what the other gals already said. I like them better as there isn't a thick binding on the edges and the plates sit flat. Just remember to have the right sides of fabric together and your batting, flannel or whatever you put in middle, either on top or bottom when you stitch!

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    Great job-LOVE the colors! I have had to learn to enjoy the journey-and that means the binding, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    ever consider sewing right sides together, leaving an opening to pull back through - press seams, blind stich opening, then topstitch around mat edge.
    Ummmmmmmm too late. The backing is already on. lol I should have taken a pic of the back side too. Sorry/
    I did consider your method, then forgot about it. Live and learn.

    :cry:

    Here's a picture of the back. Can I still do the pillow case thing? I really don't care for the backing fabric anyway.
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    I love it! Where did you get that grape fabric? I collect grapes :D

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    Cindy in NY,

    The binding is NOT the worst part. Keep saying that!

    I made 28 placemats for Christmas gifts, and by the time I got to #28, I thought, "Hey, I'm pretty good at doing these bindings!" Now I think binding is easy. That's what practice will do for you, so keep at it.

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    Oooh love the tablerunner and the backing is gorgeous.

    Love the doggie in your avatar, such a cute dog !

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    Quote Originally Posted by GwynR
    I love it! Where did you get that grape fabric? I collect grapes :D
    I got my grape fabric at a LQS. My girlfriend has pink grapes in her wall border of her kitchen. I had shopped all over looking for pink grapes!! lol It was $ 9.50 a yard but I didn't need much so I got two FQ's.

    Our Walmart has some grape fabric and I think JoAnn's does too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynnie25
    Oooh love the tablerunner and the backing is gorgeous.

    Love the doggie in your avatar, such a cute dog !
    Thank you on both subjects. That dog is my Toby. He's four years old and has one brown and one blue eye. We were told he's a mixture of Huskie, Bassett Hound (LOL he has VERY long legs) and part pit however, we saw a Great Dane this past summer and we are now convinced he is part Dane and Huskie. He was a terrible puppy but he's grown into a very good and loveable dog! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyinNY
    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    ever consider sewing right sides together, leaving an opening to pull back through - press seams, blind stich opening, then topstitch around mat edge.
    Ummmmmmmm too late. The backing is already on. lol I should have taken a pic of the back side too. Sorry/
    I did consider your method, then forgot about it. Live and learn.

    :cry:

    Here's a picture of the back. Can I still do the pillow case thing? I really don't care for the backing fabric anyway.
    that's why we have seam rippers LOL I like the back & think it goes well with the front.

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    I love the color of your placemats. Your friend will be very pleased with them.

    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyinZ4
    I agree- for placemats, the easy way is what the other gals already said. I like them better as there isn't a thick binding on the edges and the plates sit flat. Just remember to have the right sides of fabric together and your batting, flannel or whatever you put in middle, either on top or bottom when you stitch!
    I don't especially the thickness at the edges where the binding is sewn into the seam so I stitch the top and backing right sides together leaving an opening at one end. Then before turning right sides out, I put a bit of glue across the end without the opening and into the corners, lay the batting down on the glue and turn it . The edges are not bulky and so far it has worked well for me. Did the same to mug rugs I made too. Sorry, no pics. Don't know how to from my phone. Duh! Technologically challenged!

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    You are doing a beautiful job on these :D:D:D

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