Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tute-Happy Summer: Placemats

We're continuing our Tute-Happy Summer series today with a tutorial for simple, summery placemats by Connie from from Freemotion by the River. Connie used the soft prints from the Ro Gregg's Marblehead Pleasing Pastels collection. Enjoy the tutorial and then find the details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a bundle of Pleasing Pastel prints to play with!



Hi, I'm Connie from Freemotion by the River and I have a quick and easy pattern to share with you. I don't know about you, but we always use placemats on our table and these are perfect for summer.

I used a fat quarter bundle of Marblehead Pleasing Pastels by Ro Gregg for Fabri-Quilt for my summer project. I'll be sharing another tutorial next week using more of these neat fabrics.

I picked six different fat quarters to use to make 4 placemats.
6 fabrics used in placemats

Cutting:

I cut the fat quarters into 2 1/2" strips. For each placemat you will cut:
  • 24 - 2 1/2 inch x 2 1/2 inch squares
  • 12 - 2 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch rectangles
cutting sizes for placemats

Sewing:
  • Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Sew 2 of the squares and 1 rectangle together.
  • Make 12 blocks for each placemat.
make twelve of this block

Arrange the blocks in a pleasing design. Hopefully you won't have two of the same color touching. After I took this photo I started piecing and realized the bottom left block needed to be turned again.
Arranging the blocks for placemat

Sew 4 rows of 3 blocks.
sewing the blocks together

 Then sew the rows together.

Quilt as desired and bind with the leftover 2 1/2 inch strips.
Quilted placemat

They look great out on the table on our deck.

They also look great in the kitchen. The size of each one is approximately 12" x 16".

I had 4 placemats cut out but only finished 2 of them. Since the pieces are sitting by my sewing machine.....I will make sure and finish them soon. I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial and make a set for yourself.
Placemats on table

For a chance to win a bundle of Marblehead Pleasing Pastels prints, head over to Connie's blog.This giveaway is now closed, but be sure to check out our other tutorials, as we'll be sharing a tutorial and hosting a giveaway each week!

Check out each week of our Summer of Tutes!
Week 1: Sunglasses case  featuring Graphix 3
Week 2: The overnight bag featuring Who's Who

Week 3: Tablet case featuring Jungle Party 
Week 4: Patriotic pennants featuring Tone on Tone 
Week 6: Zig zag lunchbag featuring Graphix 3
Week 9: Elegant clutch featuring Jungle Party 
Week 10: Modern table runner featuring Prairie Cloth Solids 

************************************************************************
Announcing our Zigzag Lunchbag Graphix 3 bundle winner:
Danette S.

Congratulations! We'll be emailing you for your mailing address.

93 comments:

  1. Simple, fast, and attractive! Perfect, in my book.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is a wonderful, easy tutorial for some very pretty placemats!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi, visiting from Connie's! Thanks for sharing a neat giveaway!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi, I've come from Connie blog. I will be making some placemats soon using your tute. Bobkat1896@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love your placemats and tutorial. Thanks for sharing. We use placemats all the time and I would love to try to make these.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Beautiful and Summery placemats.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Such pretty summery placemats. Thanks for the great tutorial. I always use placemats and give them as gifts.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I use them all the time now, thanks for the tutorial Connie!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great tutorial and beautiful fabric! Thanks for the tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for the tutorial, very clear and easy. I may have to make these for my sister's house.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great tutorial and fantastic result!

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is a great tutorial, and it looks pretty easy for a beginner, thank you for sharing. Have a great day! dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great tutorial! I want to try it soon.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Easy tutorial and beautiful fabric. Refreshing in all this hot weather we are having.

    ReplyDelete
  15. These Marblehead fabrics are super fun and Summery! I adore everything Connie creates and these placemats are perfect for Summer Sunshine meals. Thank you for sharing the how-to. High on Life July...

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love your fabric choice and the pattern. Thanks for the tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Cute simple and fun! Thanks for sharing! !

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for the tutorial - love the fabrics.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Pretty pastel placemats, I could see turning it into a table runner. 24Tangent@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Like that this pattern is fat quarter friendly! I just put: make placements for huuby and I on the TO DO list. :) Thanks for the inspiration Connie!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great looking placemats! Connie made them look so pretty, yet so simple and even used a quilting pattern I could probably handle too. Very nice. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Love the beautiful placemats! Very nice tutorial. Thanks Connie.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Good tutorial! Did you machine quilt?
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

    ReplyDelete
  24. They look great, I love the quilting.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

    ReplyDelete
  25. I left a comment on the tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  26. The placemats are lovely! thank you for the tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial. Love the colors. :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Beautiful placemats! I'd love to make a set for my mom. I like how you quilted them.

    ReplyDelete
  29. These are so pretty and look so easy to make! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
    Sandy A

    ReplyDelete
  30. fun and easy! Great job Connie

    ReplyDelete
  31. Connie sent me! I do love these placemats and thanks for the tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Connie did a fantastic job making these. i really love the way they look and they are so easy to make.

    ReplyDelete
  33. What an easy pattern and fresh looking! I'll have to make some new ones for my table!

    ReplyDelete
  34. What a fun pattern! Such a Summery set! thanks for sharing this Tutorial! We used place-mats every day here...will definitely try these! :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Thank you for sharing. Easy , peasy!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thanks for the pretty pattern and the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Thanks for this tutorial! Fun, easy, and beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Thanks for the tutorial, perfect for a beginner like me x

    ReplyDelete
  39. So happy and so simple to go random. Love 'em!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Love this beautiful fabric! Thank you for the tutorial...

    ReplyDelete
  41. Love these fabrics, not only because they shine on their own, but because they blend in with so many other patterned fabrics. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  42. Great tut! These fabrics are so pretty and summery!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Love the quilting on those placemats - really makes the texture special!

    ReplyDelete
  44. these are wonderful, thanks for sharing the tutorial
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  45. These are great. Love the cheerful springtime-like colors. Simple to make and they could be made in other seasonal colors to be used throughout the year.

    ReplyDelete
  46. The colors of this grouping are so pleasing and the tutorial was an added bonus ... thank you for this generous opportunity to win this beautiful grouping. Judy C in NC

    ReplyDelete
  47. The mats look very pretty in these summery colours!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Great tutorial - Thanks Connie!

    ReplyDelete
  49. I love those colors, and your tutorial is so helpful!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Very pretty colors in your give away bundle. Thank you for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  51. I love using place mats, and yours are such a cheerful delight! Very summery, indeed.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Cute! Wonderfully written tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Love the colors of the fabric! Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful fabric!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Your tutorial is great... easy to follow directions and good photos. Thanks for it, and for your giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Love the fabric and Thank You for the pattern and the chance to win the fabric.

    ReplyDelete
  56. Fun placemats…thanks for the tutorial :o)
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  57. Thanks for the tutorial. Lovely FQ bundle.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Very sweet placemats! Thanks for the tute!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Thank you for the tutorial. Love the fabrics and the layout.

    ReplyDelete
  60. I love the place mats! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  61. Thanks for the tut. Very well done and easy to understand.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Cute placemats. Thank you for the great tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Great tutorial! It would make a great leader and ender project. Dahlgren0609 at Gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  64. Great tutorial! It would make a great leader and ender project. Dahlgren0609 at Gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  65. Loved the tutorial. I will be making. Will be cuter if I win the bundle.

    ReplyDelete
  66. I don't use placemats but make for my kids.

    ReplyDelete
  67. Nice tutorial and beautiful fabric.

    ReplyDelete
  68. Thanks for the tutorial Connie - I love this selection of fabrics. Will probably make a table runner rather than placemats.

    ReplyDelete
  69. Great tutorial and lovely fabric to use. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  70. Excellent tutorial! I have saved this one in my favorites to make later on, right now I have several projects going that have to be completed before I start anything new. Have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
  71. Nice tutorial. Especially like the pastel colors.

    ReplyDelete
  72. Wonderful tutorial. Beautiful fabric.
    Cookie in Louisiana
    lbcookie1@gmaill.com

    ReplyDelete
  73. Those fabrics are great; they just yell summer!

    ReplyDelete
  74. They are just so beautiful!
    I love using marbles and blenders and tone-on-tones for my quilts. They add texture without overwhelming the block design. And they're just so pretty!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  75. Nicely done tutorial. I like when lots of photos are included.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Good job on the tute. -- Connie sent me.

    ReplyDelete
  77. Good tutorial. Clear and easy to follow.prycek@mymts.net

    ReplyDelete
  78. Good tutorial. Clear and easy to follow.prycek@mymts.net

    ReplyDelete
  79. I love those colors, thanks so much for the great tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  80. Wonderful colors and great project. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  81. Such beautiful soft colors, and a great tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  82. :Love the tutorial and the pastel colors. Makes me want to use placemats

    ReplyDelete
  83. I love the colours you've chosen for the placemats. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  84. These are really nice - I've pinned it for future reference

    ReplyDelete
  85. Thank you for showing how easy your placemats are to make, May have to do them one day.

    ReplyDelete
  86. I love all the colors in Connie's placemats.

    ReplyDelete
  87. I love using placemats. Yours are great!

    ReplyDelete
  88. These are so pretty, I just have to make some. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    ReplyDelete