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March 5, 2019
Lucky Clover Placemats from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Hi All!!

I am over at Thermoweb today, 
giving a free tutorial 
on how to make these 
Lucky Clover Placemats.
They are super easy to stitch up.
The complete pattern is available for free. 
They also would 
go great with a little table mini that
the pattern is available for 
purchase on my etsy shop

So hop on over to Thermoweb and check 
them out.
I would love to hear what you think of them.


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January 6, 2019
Christmas VacationTo-Do List Wrapup from caledonia quilter

Chic Picnic - quilted & bound & labeled.  Many of the fabrics in this have special meaning for me, so the whole time I was hand stitching the binding I just felt... happy.
The fabrics are so busy that the time spent to custom quilt this was wasted, but since it's mine... I figure I'm worth it.

I used up some random fabrics on the back.

In keeping with the "word" theme of the quilt, I included my QUILT GIRL comic strip yardage.  (Spoiler alert:  she saved the day.)
I made two kids drag-around quilts which I'll donate to the ...

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November 20, 2018
More Bits and Pieces {Scrappy Sewing} from Little Bunny Quilts

To follow up from my scrappy table runners from last week, here are the scrappy placemats that I made!

My first set of placemats is also Christmas-y, with various greens and the large scale box print in Christmas colors that I used on the back of my Fire Pit Christmas quilt.

For the backing, I had a red tonal print in my stash that I had originally planned to use but I had to stop at my LQS on Saturday anyways, so I picked up a yard of this fun holiday animal print on clearance to use for the backing ...

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October 29, 2018
Camp Kintail Crafters' Retreat: Part 1 from The Cozy Quilter

Christine and I went to Camp Kintail this past weekend to sew for a couple of days.  There were over 70 crafters at the retreat--knitters, crocheters, painters, quilters, scrapbookers, etc.  Christine and I had a corner to ourselves at the retreat and both of us were very productive!  It rained most of the weekend --great weather for staying inside to work on our projects.  Of course, we both brought more  projects than we could possibly get done in a weekend but it was good to have choices.

I started out on Friday night working on two placemats for Meals on ...

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October 15, 2018
Modern Piecing for a Cause from Gray Barn Designs

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

I recently joined the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild and have met some incredibly talented quilters.  This is a very active guild and the monthly meetings are full of inspiration.

Each year the guild chooses a community charity project, and for 2018, the Meals on Wheels program was adopted.  Guild members make quilted placemats that are distributed to Meals on Wheels clients.  These placemats are are great way to use miscellaneous scraps and left over quilt blocks to create small, modern quilt designs.

Below is the label each quilter/creator sews ...

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September 13, 2018
Words to Live By Blog Hop with Benartex {Chit Chat Placemats Tutorial} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today I'm your host for the Words To Live By Blog Hop with Benartex!

This new line designed by Cherry Guidry is a fun combination of prints, including text, keys, and daisies!

I'm always looking for new ideas for quick and easy projects like table runners and placemats that are easy gifts. These kinds of projects are perfect for using batting scraps too! I decided to make some simple placemats using 3.5" squares using these fabrics. Let's get sewing!

Yardage required:

2/3 yard background fabric -- I used Modern Lace White
1/2 yard total accent ...

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September 7, 2018
Wildflower Pinwheel Placemats Published! from MMM Quilts

I am published again.

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Wildflower Pinwheel Placemats Published! from MMM Quilts

I am published again.

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August 19, 2018
Colors of August Improv Table Topper from From My Carolina Home

Finishing up the placemats in the Colors of August, I realized I needed a pad for the center of the table, so out came all the scraps left over.  Once again, a bit of improv was needed. I had two extra squares sets made, and one large piece of the focal floral, so I cut the floral to 12-1/2-inches wide and put the square sets on each side. Then, I added two strips of the floral to the top and bottom just to make the size 10-inches square.  After that, a border of the gold was added to increase ...

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August 17, 2018
Finishing the Colors of August Placemats from From My Carolina Home

Quilting my Colors of August placemats began as always with a thread audition.  I had a couple of good choices here because of all the colors in the prints.  If you missed the construction of the placemats, click on Colors of August.

Colors of August at From My Carolina Home

I rarely get to use the gold-green variegated thread, so I went with it this time.  It is King Tut and quilts just beautifully.  I used a neutral Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Colors of August at From My Carolina Home

For small items, I like to place them close to each other on a large backing, and quilt across them as one piece.

Colors of August at From My Carolina Home

This only ...

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August 15, 2018
The Colors of August from From My Carolina Home

What are the colors of August? It is the only month that doesn’t really have an identity, aside from being hot, or having the dog days to endure. There are no holidays in August, nothing to take inspiration from like Mardi Gras, Christmas, or Halloween.  So, when Bernie at Needle and Foot asked me to do a Blogger Bundle of fabrics for August, I began to think about that month. It is a bit of a stepchild isn’t it? It is the last of summer, the flowers are fading, before fall arrives with its cooler temps and colorful ...

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July 30, 2018
Quilt-As-You-Go Double-Sided Placemat Tutorial with FREE pattern! from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

I just love Quilt-As-You-Go Placemats. I have so many that I have created using my favorite 2 1/2-inch strip rolls. I just love how each one turns out a little different, but they all are clearly part of one set showing off the fabrics from your favorite line. And the best part, because this is Quilt-As-You-Go, when you are done sewing, you are also done quilting and you just have to bind your placemat!

But when I saw Tula Pink’s De La Luna I knew I had to also make these placemats double sided and use all three ...

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Fall in Love {Fall and Halloween Patterns!} from Little Bunny Quilts

With all of the back-to-school sales and supplies popping up in all of the stores, it made me think about all of the fun fall and Halloween patterns we have in the HBD shop!

Love fall leaves? Our Seasonal collections have you set! The Seasonal Placemats set #3 and Seasonal Table Runners set #3 each have a fall leaves pattern.

Seasonal Placemats set #2 and Seasonal Table Runners set #2 have a Halloween candy corn pattern!

We also have the Candy Corn Placemat KIT that includes the pattern for Seasonal Placemats set #2.

More into ghosts and ghouls? Check out ...

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July 20, 2018
Jo's Floral Album and More from Log Cabin Quilter

I have two blocks done for Jo's Floral Album.  Only I am using the Anna's Blue Baskets patterns instead.  They are the same block designs only larger in size than Jo's Floral Album.  I want to do the setting like the Floral Album instead of Anna's Blue Baskets.  Does that make sense?  I am close to finishing the third block.

I finished the last two blocks for "Jo's Prarie Flowers Encore" and also the center medallion.  I will not be able to make the flying geese that will surround the medallion and set the rest ...

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July 17, 2018
Binding by machine from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I have several finishes to show off.  I've spent the past few days binding by machine, so that these could be finished.

Back in June, I started a set of placemats. 
placemat centers

These are now finished placemats.  I bound them with the faux piping binding method.   Thanks Deonn for the great tutorial.
bicycle placemats
There are 8 of these placemats, not just the 4 shown.  I used my walking foot to stitch the binding on (modern Janome machine).  It was just easier and faster with the modern machine.

Last August, I started making another 14 project bags.  I ...

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May 18, 2018
Thursday throwback – Quick and easy placemat tutorial from The Crafty Quilter

This month’s Thursday Throwback is the Quick and Easy Placemat Tutorial from June of 2012!  Because of the recent growth in blog followers, I’m highlighting some older content that is definitely worth a second look.

Quick and Easy Placemat Tutorial by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. A great way to make placemats using just 6 fat quarters!
Quick and Easy Placemat Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter


So here we are, six years later and this is still a great method to make placemats quickly and easily.  I made a second set of four placemats using some wine-themed fabric and we use these on our coffee table frequently.  I’m actually missing one of them, so you only see three in the ...

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April 20, 2018
Easy ways to organize and use up leftover quilt bindings from Quilt Social


Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used THE Dream Machine 2‘s amazing couching foot to embellish one of my orphan block placemats, effortlessly. I quilted the rest of the placemats, so I’m ready to put on the bindings!


THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I don’t like to throw away any bits and pieces of fabric that could be used for another project. Leftover bindings are yet another thing that I seem to accumulate.

At the beginning of my quilting career, I just threw these leftover pieces into a bin ...

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April 19, 2018
9 simple steps for effortless couching with THE Dream Machine 2 from Quilt Social


This week on QUILTsocial, I’m using THE Dream Machine 2 to make some placemats from orphan quilt blocks. Yesterday I used some of the amazing embroidery stitches to embellish a couple of our placemats and today I’m embellishing another placemat using couching.


THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2


For this placemat, I want to try embellishing with the couching foot on THE Dream Machine 2. I have this lovely variegated yarn to use for couching. Follow along with me as I show you the 9 simple steps for couching with THE Dream Machine 2.


The couching yarn
The couching yarn


Step 1 – attach ...

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April 18, 2018
Using THE Dream Machine 2’s decorative stitches to embellish placemats from Quilt Social


Have you chosen one (or more) of the 5 different settings to turn orphan blocks into placemat tops I showed you yesterday? Your orphan blocks can be any size, these 5 possibilities can work wonders. Today I’m using some of the decorative stitches on THE Dream Machine 2 to embellish any of the placemat settings.


THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2


I selected two of the simpler placemats that I made yesterday and layered them both with batting and backings. I used my Odif 505 spray to stick all of the layers together.

THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother comes with ...

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April 17, 2018
5 simple settings for placemats made with orphan quilt blocks from Quilt Social


Yesterday on QUILTsocial I gave you 8 great reasons that you should use blocks leftover from other projects to make placemats. Today I’m sharing with you a few different ways to use THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother to sew these blocks into placemat tops.


THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2


Placemats can really be any size or shape that you like! Most of the time I like to make my placemats in a rectangular shape about 12″ x 18″ but sometimes they end up a little bigger or smaller. You can also make round placemats or oval ones, or even ...

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