I really enjoy making placemats for our table and just finished these Midnight Glow placemats.
I have made several quilt projects with the colorful fat quarters that I first used to make the Midnight Glow baby quilt. The last of the Midnight Glow quilt blocks have been used to make 4 placemats to match the table runner I also just finished.
The placemats are a little big for this table right now. I always make my placemats bigger than I want as they will get washed and dried quite a bit and shrink.
We recently received some beautiful "new to us" wicker furniture to put in our sunroom. Our friends have downsized and don't have room for the furniture and I have always loved it. Looks perfect in our room and Mr. Mickey approves!
I usually have a table runner on the kitchen table and then at dinner time, I remove it and put placemats out. Builder Bob and I usually sit on the same side of the table so we can watch the news. Most of the time we will use the extra placemats as hot pads but I thought it would be fun to show you what the table runner looks like.
I also made a Midnight Glow lap quilt with oversized blocks in it. There is a tutorial also.
I used four quilt blocks that were leftover from my Midnight Glow baby quilt.
11" x 17" Placemats
Each placemat is made with one 9½-inch unfinished Midnight Glow quilt block in the center.
Cutting for each placemat
- 1 - 5-inch square of black
- 6 - 2 ¾-inch x 5-inch rectangles of various colors
- 2 - 7¼-inch squares of black cut diagonally
- 2 - 2½-inch x 11-inches for border
You can find instructions for piecing the block in my Midnight Glow quilt tutorial.
Always sew with a ¼ seam allowance.
Use the large black squares that were cut diagonally for the corners of the quilt block. I am using a black that has a subtle design in it.
Fold the block in half to mark the center on the sides that don't have a seam in the center. Also, fold the black corner triangles in half and match the center marks.
Sew two opposite sides of the corner triangles to the quilt block and then add the other two sides.
Here is your quilt block, square it up if needed, just remember to leave ¼-inch past the points along the sides so you don't cut off the points of your block.
Make as many placemats as you need.
Next, add the black 2½-inch by 11-inch borders to increase the width of your placemats. I am showing it here in grey as it was difficult to see in a photo. The bottom image shows the placemat with binding added.
I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 black batting. When your quilt is black or a very dark color, this is a great batting to use. I was able to get a baby quilt, a table runner and 4 placemats out of this queen size batting and I still have some leftover.
I just did a simple meandering free motion stitching on the black areas of the placemats.
Once I had the placemats all finished, I decided I didn't like the areas that weren't quilted so back to my sewing machine I went and quilted those areas. Much better! I used a light green thread which you can see on the back of the placemat.
I also finished up a large table runner similar to this Midnight Glow table runner, I am putting together a pattern that will have all three quilt projects and yardage in it. In the meantime, Mr. Mickey is keeping an eye on everything for me!
Get the Midnight Glow quilt pattern that includes the placemats and several other quilt projects made with the Midnight Glow block.
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