It is time to share the Courthouse Rows placemats that I recently finished.
Can you believe that I made 9 placemats! I actually need to make one more for my coffee group of ladies but I have about a year until I'll need it as that is when it will be my turn to host it again.
I forgot to get a picture of everyone at the table, darn it!
I have to admit that I love the Dollar Tree store! I went there to get a couple of tablecloths and came home with fall coffee cups, glasses, paper plates, candy dishes, and the tablecloths. Everything matched and looked beautiful.
Courthouse Rows Placemats
I have had these fabric license plates for a long time and decided it was time to make something with them. What to make? Placemats!
Several years ago there used to be Row by Row Experience quilt shop blog hops and you could buy a fabric license plate from the different stores. I tried to look online to see if this was still going on but couldn't find any information. I think 2019 was the last year.
If you have any, this would be a great way to use them. If not, don't worry - just use a solid piece of fabric in the center instead.
Courthouse Rows Placemat with solid fabric center
For each Courthouse Rows placemat, you will need the following:
- Cream solid - 4½-inch x 8-inch rectangle
- Assorted 1¼-inch strips of colorful fabric
- Fabric for binding and backing
I can't give any yardage as I used a leftover jelly roll and also added in some fabric from my stash. This jelly roll was used for my Jelly Belly Bars quilt.
Jelly roll strips are 2½-inches wide and I cut them in half to make 1¼-inch strips. My plan was to use the same fabric on either the sides of the placemat or the top and bottom.
Since I was using leftover fabrics, what I did was lay a fabric either on the side or the top and then cut it into the 1¼-inch strip a little longer than that size.
Use a ¼-inch seam allowance and stitch and trim after sewing.
Continue adding the strips around the placemats.
I started out adding the top and bottom strips first. Before too long I had short pieces so I started sewing the sides first.
It doesn't matter what you do just be sure and continue adding the strips in the same way.
13½-inch by 17-inch Placemats
Each placemat has 6 rows added to each side and 5 rows added to the top and bottom.
Here are all nine of my Courthouse Rows placemats ready to be quilted.
Once you have the placemats all pieced, add batting and backing and then quilt as desired. I did a simple free-motion meandering and I really should have pinned my pieces together.
Somehow I ended up with a placemat, batting, another placemat, and then the backing! I didn't notice until it was all done and I even caught one corner of the backing twice.
Good thing I have a seam ripper! I think it took me longer to unpick this placemat than to quilt all the rest of them!
I used the same fabric for the binding on all of the placemats and sewed them completely by machine.
It is always fun to see the back of a quilted project. This is the one with the plain center which I quilted. For the other placemats, I left the center unquilted.
I had clear glass plates that I used. To make it easy, I just dished up the cake and ice cream on the paper plates and then brought them out to the table and placed them on the glass plates.
The leaves are falling and I love seeing the colors changing.
I changed out the flowers in the vase under the maple tree, hmm looks like my bench is a little lopsided.
I hope this has given you some ideas for more placemats! Be sure and take a look at my Jelly Belly Bars quilt and find out how to get the free pattern!
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