I adore the combination of this super traditional block and lots of neutral space, I think it makes for such lovely modern placemats. Oh, and using only red and low volume prints for the blocks definitely helps too :).
So, I thought I'd share a quick tutorial in case some of you would like to give these nine patch placemats a try.
Here's how to make four nine patch placemats.
(use 1/4" seam allowance)
24 - 1.5" x 5.5" of red fabric
24 - 1.5" x 5.5" of low volume fabric
1/2 yard background fabric
1/2 yard backing fabric
1/2 yard fabric for binding
1/2 yard batting
from background fabric cut: 12 - 1.5" x 3.5" strips
4 - 3.5'" x 15.5" rectangles
4 - 5.5" x 15.5" rectangles
from backing fabric cut: 4 - 13" x 17" rectangles
from batting of your choice cut: 4 - 13" x 17" rectangles
from binding fabric cut: 6 strips 2.25" x width of fabric
24 - 1.5" x 5.5" strips of red fabric
24 - 1.5" x 5.5" strips of low volume fabric
Step 1: Make 16 nine patch blocks following my tutorial for tiny nine patch blocks.
Step 2: Arrange four blocks and three strips of 1.5" x 3" background fabric for each placemat (as shown in the picture below). Stitch together to form one continuous strip of patchwork. Press the seams.
Step 3: Sandwich strip of patchwork between one 3.5" x 15.5" and one 5.5" x 15.5" as pictured, stitch all three parts together and press the seams.
Step 4: Assemble all four placemat tops, they each should finish at 11.5" x 15.5".
Step 5: Make four quilt sandwiches by placing backing fabric (wrong side up) on a flat surface, place batting on top and then placemat top (right side up). Baste together using either pins or basting spray.
Step 6: Quilt as desired.
Step 7: Square and trim the placemats. Make binding the way you would for a quilt, attach to each placemat.
Step 8: Trim all the stray threads and you're finished.
Hope you find this tutorial useful.
And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group. I always enjoy seeing all your amazing creations.