Autumn Place Mats in QUILTER’S WORLD (October 2011)


What do you think of my autumn place mats featured in the October 2011 issue of Quilter’s World?


If you like to use half-square triangles in your quilts, you would probably like the twist in lengthening two sides of the squares in making the pieced half-rectangle-triangle units used for this place mat project.  These units are constructed using the template method:


I think my favorite part is the pumpkin silhouette appliqued on the pieced half-rectangle-triangles.


About the quilting – motif is replica of the pumpkin leaves, placed strategically on the negative space of the place mat.  Simple applique shapes oftentimes make excellent quilting motif in case you are unsure about what to quilt onto your quilts.


The fabrics are a mixture of Katie, Modern Edge and Modern Mix from Benartex.  Quilting is done by Aurifil‘s Mako Cotton over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Bleached Cotton Batting.


Extending the idea of using a motif to define the theme of the place mats, I appliqued a fun red snowflake onto the placemats pieced with Christmas fabrics for a bit of Christmas whimsical fun!  Fabrics are from Henry Glass‘ Over the River collection:

More motif ideas to personalized the theme of your place mats using the same pieced half-rectangle-triangles:

1.  Cupcake for birthday

2.  Graduation cap for graduation

3.  Heart for Valentine’s Day

4.  Doves for wedding

5.  Clover for St. Patrick’s Day

6.  Bunny for Easter/Spring

7.  Lemon piece for Summer

8.  Leaves for Autumn

9.  Initials of your guests’ names for a special dinner

10.  Apple for a teacher

And the list goes on…

And, if have machine embroidery capability, you can always machine embroider the motifs instead of applique-ing them.

Possibilities, possibilities!  I hope my place mat magazine feature helps jump start your own holiday place mat projects!  And when you do make these placemats, I would love to see the pictures!  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Monday, and Happy Week!

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27 thoughts on “Autumn Place Mats in QUILTER’S WORLD (October 2011)

  1. I just got my magazine and have just scanned it–I love the pumpkin mats–the brown pumpkin is the one I adore–different look!

  2. Very pretty! I love how the quilting gives you texture….and I never thought about it before, but I bet you could even trace around cookie cutters for a quilting motif. The additional appliqued pumkin is genius!

  3. Love the placemats and what a great idea for a Thanksgiving gift which with a flip of the wrist they becomes just right for the Christmas holidays.. As usual, your fabric selection can’t be topped. IMHO, who would want to!

  4. These are just way too cute and useful. I really need to do more place-mats to practice my machine quilting. I just moved my box with a couple premade ready to go. Inspiring for sure!

  5. Oooh!! I love how your quilting motif on the autumn placemats echoes the shape of the maple leaf applique. The happy colors of the Christmas placemats is my favorite, though.

    So, not to put you on the spot or anything… Which quilting magazines do you read regularly and/or subscribe to? I used to get Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine for awhile. There are so many on the newsstands now; I’m not familiar with a lot of them. I want something that shows interesting/unusual or updated versions of traditional style quilting that I could actually attempt, to inspire me to start new projects. Not boring same-old-same-old Grandma quilts, but also not so bleeding-edge-Art-quilting that I feel intimidated or alienated, either. Which magazines do you recommend? Feel free to recommend the ones that publish your work frequently, since I LOVE what you do. :-)

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