Summer in the Country Placemats Tutorial
Welcome to my day on the Summer in the Country blog hop featuring Island Batik Ambassadors. This is my second year being an ambassador for Island Batik and I also design patterns for them. Island Batik is a wonderful company to work with! Today I have a tutorial for placemats that look great on a round table. If you don’t have a round table just skip the part using the template.
We use placemats all the time…..don’t these look great out on the deck?
Being an ambassador means getting to work play with new fabrics before they hit the stores. The fabrics I used are from a couple of groups. The green batik is County Fair – 111501114, the blue batik is a Basic called Bluebird, the blue/green animal batik is Meadow – 111515092 and the neutral I used is Heavenly Hues Halo – 121413266.
Cut the following fabric pieces:
- 6 – 2 1/2” x 7” Green batik
- 6 – 2 1/2” x 7” Blue batik
- 10 – 1 1/8” x 7” Neutral batik
Sew the pieces together as shown below with a 1/4” seam allowance. Make two separate sections.
Trim the sections to 4 – 3 1/4” x 16” pieces.
Cut 4 – 1 1/2” x 16” strips of the neutral batik and add to the top of the sections. You can see mine are a little longer than needed.
Cut 4 – 8 1/2” x 16” pieces of the blue/green batik and add to the top of the neutral strip as shown below.
Add your backing and batting and then quilt as desired. If you would prefer to make rectangle placemats you can now trim the piece and add binding.
I made a template out of freezer paper and ironed it to each piece. I then cut around it, pulled it off and repeated with the rest of the placemats. My template is 15 1/4” wide by 12′ tall and you can download it here.
Because the placemats are curved you will want to use bias binding.Here is a closer picture of one of the finished placemats.
If you would like to see the matching table topper, here it is.
Cooking is never my strong point but all of the ambassadors were asked to share a recipe. I have been eating tons of salads lately and here is how I make it.
Romaine lettuce,tomatoes, cauliflower, onion, mushroom, carrots. For a dressing I mix together 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and a little garlic salt and pepper.
For a chance to win just leave a comment. Giveaway will end Monday September 6th at midnight CST.
Congrats to Sherry who was the winner!
Join us for a blog hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors! Each of the Ambassadors will be sharing a country-inspired project and a favorite summer recipe, and many will be hosting fabric and pattern giveaways too!
Island Batik has a fantastic giveaway going on with two bundles of beautiful batiks so be sure and enter here!
Here’s the schedule, I will keep updating it with the actual links to each blog post!
8/17 – Island Batik
8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
8/19 – Kauffman Designs
8/20 – Adele Mogavero
8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
8/22 – Pamela Quilts
8/23 – Freemotion by the River (me)
8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
8/26 – For Quilts Sake
8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
8/29 – Tamarinis
8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
8/31 – Beaquilter
9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine
9/4 – Made In Scraps
9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter
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