If you have never tried to Quilt As You Go then a set of placemats is the perfect fast and easy project.
You can have quilted placemats in no time at all by following this QAYG Placemats tutorial.
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.
For the month of August, the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to make some kind of QAYG project using some of their beautiful batiks. Quilt as You Go projects are one of my favorites things to make, have you ever tried this technique?
We use placemats on our table all the time and it was time for some new ones! I usually always have three or four sets of them ready to use.
QAYG placemats are also a wonderful gift and take no time at all to make.
Batik QAYG Placemats Tutorial
13½-inch x 18½-inch
A couple of months ago I picked up a package of Soft and Stable Stabilizer which was already cut into four 13½-inch x 18½-inch 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. You can also buy it by the yard.
I pulled out my bin of teal and turquoise fabrics from my Island Batik stash - have I ever mentioned how much I love my batik stash? The backing was used on one of the first quilts I made for Island Batik - Blue Sapphire.
- Strips of fabric that are at least 18½-inches long - width can be any size
- Backing fabric - 1 yard - sub-cut (4) pieces at least 15½-inches x 20½-inches
- (4)13½-inch x 18½-inch pieces Soft and Stable Stabilizer (batting could also be used)
- ½ yard fabric for binding
Since I was using scraps I just cut different widths of my fabrics. The center one was 2 ½ inches wide and then I added a 1 ¾ inch wide strip to each side.
Lay the first strip in the center of the Soft and Stable Stabilizer 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 ¼" seam allowance or to make it easy.....just use the width of the foot on your sewing machine. I am sewing on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine.
Continue adding batik strips.
I decided to go with 2 ½", 1 ¾" and then back to 2 ½", 1 ¾" using the same batiks on both sides.
Trim your placemats
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 large 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?
If you do, I would it if you would send me a photo of them.
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