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:
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.
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!