Have you ever tried a QAYG quilt project? Not sure what that is? Well, if you like to see results right away and don’t really care for free-motion quilting you will probably love the Quilt As You Go style of quilting. You can have quilted placemats in no time at all by following this batik QAYG Placemats tutorial. If you would like a PDF of this tutorial you’ll find information at the end of this post.
For the month of August the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to make some kind of QAYG project using some of their beautiful batiks.
Batik QAYG Placemats Tutorial
If you have never tried to Quilt As You Go then a set of placemats is the perfect fast and easy project. We use placemats on our table all the time and it was time for some new ones!
A couple months ago I picked up a package of Soft and Stable Stabilizer which was already cut into four 13 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ pieces. That is a perfect size for placemats and the price is very reasonable. I had used Soft and Stable Stabilizer before for a batik crazy tote and really like the stability it gave to it. I made another tote and I think I forgot to blog about it! I’ll have to get to work on that one.
I pulled out my bin of teal and turquoise fabrics from my Island Batik stash. The backing was used on one of the first quilts I made for Island Batik – Blue Sapphire. Note: I didn’t mention what size I cut the backing for each placemat – just cut your fabric at least 2 inches wider and taller.
Since I was using scraps I just cut different widths of my fabrics. The center one was 2 1/2 inches and then I added a 1 3/4″ strip to each side.
Lay the first strip in the center of the Soft and Stable Stablilizer right side up and then place the next strip right side down on top of it and stitch your seam.
The neatest thing about batiks……you usually can’t tell the right side from the wrong side.
Use a 1/4″ seam allowance or to make it easy…..just use the width of the foot on your sewing machine.
Continue adding batik strips.
I decided to go with 2 1/2″, 1 3/4″ and then back to 2 1/2″, 1 3/4″ using the same batiks on both sides.I made the first placemat and when I went to trim it I had a little problem telling where the Soft and Stable Stabilizer ended so for the other 3 I decided to trim them BEFORE I add the last strips.
Can you see how I trimmed them and then added the last strip of batik?
I had enough of the backing batik to use for my binding which I stitched on by machine. The placemats are a little big right now for our small table but I am sure they will shrink when I wash and dry them.
Are you ready to make some QAYG placemats?
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