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Quilted Place Mats for the Autumn Table

Fall is the favorite season for many people. The heat of the summer is over. The harvest is coming in. The leaves are changing color. And there are the holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving to look forward to. We made these quilted place mats to decorate our table in the coming Fall months. The designs used for the mats are from the Autumn Redwork Set for a large (5" x 7") hoop.

The finished size of the mats is about 19" x 21" .

For each mat you will need:

  • about 1/4 yard of light brown solid cotton fabric for the blocks,
  • some cream fabric and
  • 1/4 yard of brightly-colored fabric for the borders and binding.

You will also need batting and the fabric for backing.


For one mat:

  • out of light brown solid fabric cut
    • 4 squares measuring 7 x7" and
    • 9 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2";
  • out of cream-colored fabric cut 12 strips measuring 1/2" x 7";
  • out of brightly-colored fabric cut
    • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 17",
    • one strip measuring 2 1/2" x 21 1/2" and
    • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.


Sew the 7"x7" brown squares and the 1 1/2" x 7" cream strips into 2 rows:

Sew the 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" brown squares and the 1 1/2" x 7" cream strips into 3 rows:

Sew the rows in the following way:

Sew the 2 1/2" x 17" brightly-colored strips to the left and right edges of the working piece.

Sew the 2 1/2" x 21 1/2" strip to the upper edge of the working piece.


Stabilize the fabric with your favorite cut-away or tear away stabilizer. Embroider the designs from the Autumn Redwork Set.

Quilting and Finishing:

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. We quilted around the embroidery and all over the mat in a free-motion style. Remove the pins while quilting.

Press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.
Finish the raw edges with binding.


Happy Stitching!

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