Hello! Happy Wednesday and happy last day of August! I dropped off my fall quilt to be quilted yesterday, and I just wasn’t ready to stop sewing with the fabrics from that quilt. So…I gathered up some of the scraps and started working on some new fall place mats for our table.
a few more of them still to make for our fall table!
First you’ll need to gather your fabrics. One charm pack will actually make all nine of the interior blocks (squares and Maple leaves) for four placemats–you’ll just need extra fabric for the strip pieces, scrappy binding, and backing.
For 4 Place Mats (Each place mat measures 12 ½″ x 15 ½″)
- 1 charm pack (or at least 9 charm squares per place mat)
- scraps for stems (or one charm square)
- ⅛ yard background (or a variety of scraps)
- At least 7 strips 2 ½″ x WOF (width of fabric) for strip pieces
- ½ yard for binding (or scraps for a scrappy binding)
- 1 yard of fabric for place mat backs
- 4 pieces of batting 18″ x 20″
Make the Maple Leaf Blocks:
For each Maple leaf block you will need the following (use one fabric and a background for blocks like mine, or you can mix and match for scrappy Maple leaves):
- 2 matching print squares 2″ x 2″
- 3 matching print squares 1 ½″ x 1 ½″
- 2 background squares 2″ x 2″
- 1 background square 1 ½″ x 1 ½″
- 2 background squares 1 ¼″ x 1 ¼″
- 1 stem fabric square 1 ½″ x 1 ½″
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 2″ x 2″ background squares and the 1 ¼″ x 1 ¼″ background squares.
Make 4 half-square triangles for each Maple leaf block by placing a print
square 2″ x 2″ right sides together with a background square 2″ x 2″.
Sew ¼″ from both sides of drawn line and cut on drawn line to make 2
half-square triangles. Trim each hst to measure 1 ½″ x 1 ½″. For more information on making half-square triangles see this post.
Make the stem section of the Maple Leaf block by using the easy corner triangle method: place a 1 ¼″ x 1 ¼″ background square right sides together with a 1 ½″ x 1 ½″ stem fabric square. The background square will be a little smaller than the stem fabric square. Sew on the drawn line and press the background square out. Trim the extra background and stem fabric. Repeat on the opposite corner. (See this tutorial if you need more visual help for this part of the block).
Assemble the 4 half-square triangles, stem section, background square 1 ½″ x 1 ½″, and 3 print squares 1 ½″ x 1 ½″ to make the Maple Leaf block as shown below. The Maple leaf blocks will be 3 ½″ x 3 ½″ unfinished. Make 3 Maple leaf blocks for each place mat.
Next you’ll need to choose 6 of your charm squares and cut them into 3 ½″ x 3 ½″ squares.
Assemble the six squares 3 ½″ x 3 ½″ and the three Maple leaf blocks as shown. Sew together into rows, then sew the rows together.
I pressed all of my seams open.
Trim 3 of your 2 ½″ strips to measure 2 ½″ x 9 ½″.
Sew the 2 ½″ x 9 ½″ strips to the square/Maple leaf unit as shown.
From the 2 ½″ strips, trim two pieces to measure 2″ x 15 ½″. Sew these to the top and bottom of the place mat.
Now it’s time to layer the place mat top, batting, and backing for quilting. I used Moda Mochi Linen in Natural for my place mat backing. It is a beautiful sturdy linen which will wear well through repeated washings.
I used simple straight line quilting with lines spaced just about ½″ apart. I lengthened my stitch to 3.5 and used a walking foot.
Bind as desired. I used a scrappy binding because I had already pieced it for my Fall quilt and made a little extra. (For a tutorial on scrappy binding see this post).
That’s it…be ready to make a few…they are a lot of fun…and those adorable little Maple leaves just add an extra layer of cute!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Quilting!