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Autumn-Themed Table Set. Part I: Place Mats

We created this attractive set consisting of a table runner and 4 place mats. We used batiks in Fall colors, and a patterned fabric with a print of fallen leaves, to match the season. In this part of the project, we will explain how to make the place mats. The table runner is explained in Part II of the project.

The embroidery designs used are from the Pumpkin Redwork Set.

The finished size of the table runner is about 22 1/2" x 48", of the place mat is 12" x 17".

For the project, you will need 3/4 yard of brown fabric, 1/2 yard of patterned faric in brownish colors (we used a fallen oak leaves pattern), fat quarters of four fabrics in beige, yellowish, brownish hues.

For the embroidery, we used Osnaburg cotton fabric and light-weight cut-away stabilizer. If you don't have Osnaburg, you can substitute it with light-beige or cream-colored cotton fabric.

You will also need batting and fabric for the backing.

Embroidery:

With a removable fabric marker, graph you embroidery fabric into 8" x 11" rectangles. Do not cut them out! Stabilize the fabric with light-weight cut-away stabilizer and embroider the designs from the Pumpkin Redwork Set. Try to make the embroidery in the center of each rectangle.

Cut out and trim each rectangle to 6" x 9 1/2". You'll have margins of about 1 1/4" on each side around the embroidery.

You will need 7 embroidered rectangles for the table runner and 4 rectangles for the place mats.

Cutting:

Cut the fat quarters into 2" x 6" strips. You will need 10 strips for each mat.

You will also need one strip of any of your fat quarter fabrics measuring 2" x 12 1/2" for each mat.

Out of patterned fabric cut strips measuring 4" x 12 1/2". You will need 1 strip for each mat.

Out of dark brown fabric, cut strips measuring 1" x 12 1/2". For each mat, you'll need 2 of them. Out of the same fabric cut the binding - strips measuring 2 1/2" and as long as your piece of fabric permits. For each mat you'll need about 60" of the binding.

Assembly:

Sew eight 2" x 6" strips into a panel. Alternate light and dark strips. Press the seams.

Sew the dark brown 1" x 12 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the panel. Press the seams.

Sew the patterned 4" x 12 1/2" strip to the right edge of the panel. Press the seams.

Sew two of the 2" x 6" strips to the upper and lower edges of the embroidered rectangles. Press the seams.

Sew a 2" x 12 1/2" strip to the left edge of the embroidered rectangle. Press the seams.

Sew the parts together.

Quilting:

Now place the backing/lining on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted around the embroidery and made foliage pattern in a free-motion style all over the piece.

After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and trim the work - the opposite sides should be straight and of the same length.

Finish the raw edges with binding.

The mats are ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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