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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FREE Feature Pattern: Thanksgiving Topper in QUILTER’S WORLD (October 2011)

My Autumn Stars quilt (renamed Thanksgiving Topper) is offered as a free featured pattern in Quilter’s World‘s October 2011 issue.


The focal print fabric is from Blank Quilting‘s Mayu collection. I like using large-scale floral print in piecing because the resulting cut pieces always capture different portions of the print — making your pieced blocks look different from one another!


Quilting is done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread (color 2310) on Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting:

Here are a few photos showing the quilting. If you are wondering about the curve cross-hatching, I have written about it here.


The oval shapes with the “sprig thingamagigs” in the center are meant to mimic the old fashion cookie press from the Old World.


I also picked up the scroll-ies in the coordinate fabric to quilt in the sashing.


This 36″ square quilt makes a nice table topper as shown in the official Quilter’s World picture. You can download the pattern by clicking here.  Please email me if you have trouble accessing the file.

Photo from Quilter's World

I hope you would find the pattern an enjoyable one if you decide to make the quilt. Thanks for stopping by! Have a lovely weekend. We are expecting another round of rain. Honestly, we haven’t really seen the sun for more than a week – it’s been gloomy here! But it’s definitely cozy…