Ryan and Yeimy, the Superior Threads show team, are always a big help to me and I wanted to do something to let them know how much I appreciate them.
Since they are big Steelers fans, I decided to help them show some team spirit by making them a set of placemats for the big day on Sunday.
I used my Set A Pretty Table placemats pattern and some great Steelers fabric that I found at J & O Fabrics.
Using the same pattern and a selection of fruit and vegetable fabrics from her stash, my friend, Ricci, made this fun set of placemats for a dinner party that she held last month.
I love the basket fabric that she used for the back and self-binding. It makes it look like her fruits and vegetables are sitting in a basket, doesn't it?
A modified quilt-as-you-go technique and foldover self binding make assembly quick and easy. In fact, Ricci got up on Saturday morning, decided she wanted something fun for the dinner that night and made a set of eight placemats in time for the party!
Using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ in place of batting makes beautiful, sturdy placemats that are extra easy to make and that will wear beautifully.
It's easy to mark lines on the Soft and Stable™ using a chalk marker. This helps align the pieces for the flip and sew assembly.
And, because Soft and Stable™ is polyester and not a fusible product, it's easy to press the pieces with an iron as you go.
Once the mats are assembled, a 20½" ruler makes trimming them to size easy.
Next, center the mat on the backing and stitch the layers together. Finally, bring the backing around to the front to make a self-binding.
In no time at all, you've got a beautiful placemat that can be machine washed and dried.
The Set A Pretty Table placemat pattern is designed to be made using precut 2½" strips (such as a Jelly Roll™) or fabrics from your stash. One Jelly Roll™ is usually enough to make eight placemat fronts. A 36" x 58" package of Soft and Stable™ is also enough for eight placemats.