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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It's a month of Kitchen stuff, so time for a placemat! ( she got it working...yeah for Marianna)

Well hi there! After our earlier problems with Blogger I hope this time it will work with us! I did save a copy indeed! So here is my entry for today!

I am Marianna and I blog over at Craftluver Marianna and you can find my designs at QDD. I am honored to be invited once again by Madame Samm, to share a tutorial with you! So my thanks go out to her for all the work she does to keep this blog going and have us share amazing things with you all!
 
I like to show you my recently made placemat! I had old rubber ones before with a painted plate on them and I still liked that idea, so I made a new patchwork one, but kept the plate! These are laying much more flat with enough room for a mug or glass and dessert cutlery!

The finished size is 25.5” x 19.25”. You will need a dinner and dessert plate and some large scraps (4-5 FQ's in different coördinating shades). I used up some scraps of different size, so no yardage available this time. Fusible webbing is also a must!

Let’s start!

The centre part with the plate is 15”x12.50” without seam allowances. The borders on the left and right side are 5” wide and 15” long (ex seam). The corner squares are 5.5”, with seams.

Cut a centre part 15.50” x 13” or a little larger if you think the applique will take up some extra fabric. Cut back to this size after ironing.

Take a dinner plate and a dessert plate and draw both circles by turning the plate upside down. Draw it on the paper side of the fusible webbing for appliqué. Cut out the webbing shapes, and iron them to the back of your fabrics.

Cut out the two parts, but add a bit seam allowance on the inside curve of the bigger circle, so the smaller circle will be ironed upon that circle. That way you do not need to sew the inner circle of the large circle, but just the outside of the small circle. Use contrasting fabric for both circles.

Centre both circles by folding the background twice in half to find the centre and do this too with the circles. Place the folding marks on each other. Peel off the paper and iron them on to the background centre rectangle you just cut out. Use a decorative stitch, or a satin stitch, to sew both circles to the background.
Now we will make a Flying Geese border. I have made those FG parts by cutting  3”x 1.75” rectangles of two coloured fabrics and 1.75” squares to make the wings with the flower fabric. If you trace a diagonal line on the back of your squares, you can sew them easy on your coloured rectangle unit (line them out on both edges, see picture) and cut away the extra fabric. Be careful to cut on the good side of the sewing line! Flip the wings to make a new rectangle and iron. If you need more explanation how to do this fast sewing, check it out HERE.

I made 10 flying geese units for the left border and 12 units for the horizontal border above the plate unit. The flying geese border is 3” wide and 13” long. Add a strip of contrasting fabric 13” x 1.75” on each side of the FG units to finish the left FG border and for the top border cut twice15.5”x 1,75”. Attach the top border to the plate unit first.

For the left border attach a square of 5.5” to the top of the FG border. Attach this border to the left of the plate centre/top border unit. Those side borders should measure 5.5” x 17.5”. The top border, without the squares, should measure 15.5” x 5.5”.



The right border has an extra pocket attached for the cutlery. Measure the wideness and height of all the cutlery you plan to put beside a plate. Add 1” lengthwise and 1” wideness. This will be the measurement for the pocket. I chose to make an extra pocket flap to cover the cutlery, but it is not needed. Now I will give you the measurements how I did make this part. Especially your right border can be wider if you have more cutlery, so check before you cut your fabrics!

The flap is made out of 1 FG unit and I added a backing and turned the flap inside out (cut the corners a little before you turn). The top of this flap will still be open and will be sewn in between the 2nd and 3rd FG unit. I chose to have a little opening to take out the cutlery easier.

Make the inside of the pocket by making a whole border 13” x 3”. I used 2 FG units at the top, sewed the flap as mentioned in between 2nd and 3rd unit, and a couple FG inside the pocket, but not all the way down, as you won’t see that part. Just what is visible. That is the 1st big part of this border.

The 2nd part is the top part of the pocket. I made it out of 7 FG units (or as long as your cutlery is) and sewed a backing right sides together at ¼” from the top only. I turned the backing to the back of the FG part and stitched it down at ¼ “ from the top, so you get a nice finished edge. After turning the fabric to the back I also sewed the sides together at 1/8 “, so they won’t slip away.
Next step is to attach the sidebars, like in the other borders. Cut 2 strips of 13”x 1.75” and sew them on each side of the cutlery pocket and back. You sew all parts together this way! Attach here also a square of 5.5” to the top of this border and attach this right border to the rest of the placemat you have sewn so far.
To make it all complete attach a final strip of contrasting fabric to the down side of the placemat. Cut it 1.75” x 25.5”. Now finish your placemat as an ordinary quilt, with backing, batting and binding. You can choose special heat resistance batting, but I used ordinary polydown. I quilted mostly the important sewing lines.

Have fun and I hope to see you around on my blog these days (I am part of the bloghop too today).

Bye for now!




24 comments:

  1. Hmm, would be nice if there was anything to read...no idea what has happened folks! We look into it!

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  2. Nothing to see in this post :(

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  3. I see the comments, but no post.

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  4. No fun for you. And so fustrating. So sorry that there is a blip in the system. Hope it gets ironed out soon.

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  5. That's life, you just have to roll with it. I'm sure the designers must have a backup to share. Hugs

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  6. I think this placemat is DARLING and would love to see a tutorial on it . . . when YOU have time! Ahhh technology! Aint it wonderful?!?!? :)

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  7. darn blogger! However the placemat is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  8. Your placemat is wonderful...so sorry that Blogger acted up...thanks for figuring out how to share with us!

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  9. Love the placemat. Would love to see the tut when you have time. : )

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  10. Yikes, blogger is surely having some issues. Great placemat ~ love the flying geese.

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  11. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm sorry you had such a hassle with it, but I'm glad you got it up and going! I love this placemat! :)

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  12. What a trouper Marianna...and it is lovely...I love people who just keep moving forward..your tut is perfect...and yes YOU awe me time and time again

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  13. Thanks Julie! I am glad I could make it work normal, so who likes it can download it!

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  14. oh Mad. Samm, YOU make me BLUSH! I just thought what a waste it was to have put so much time and energy into it all and it wouldn't be published....can't be! Glad my puter didn't die on me while trying! It was fun again to make this and YES, you challenge me! I get so much more done with a challenge than normally! Love that! (ok, gives more stress too!) Thanks for all your hard work to keep this all going!

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  15. What a cute placemat. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  16. Darling placemat! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  17. Sew happy you were able to get the tut up and running! Printing it now!
    Thanks sew much!

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  18. Glad your post was able to be found. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  19. the post is there for me ... like the idea of the round area larger than the plates so the plates will sit well on the placemat... thanks for the post

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  20. I enjoyed the tutorial on this placemat....thanks so much

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  21. Great tut! Thanks for sharing!

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