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Quilted Place Mats with Redwork Embroidery

These rustic-style place mats are a quick, easy and fun projects that you can do over a weekend. The designs used are from the Kitchen RW Sets I and II for a large (5" x 7") hoop.

The finished size of the placemat is about 16" x 22".

You will need:

  • about 1 yard of white or off-white cotton fabric,
  • plaid fabric for the borders,
  • fabric for backing,
  • polyester craft felt for batting and
  • about 5 yards of rick-rack (optional).

Embroidery:

Make print-outs of the designs. The designs in the sets are oriented as either portraits or landscapes. We made two placemats with landscape-oriented designs in the center and portrait-oriented designs on the left and right...

And two placemats with portrait oriented designs in the center and landscape orienteds designs on each side.

On your off-white fabric draw rectangles measuring 9 1/2" x 22". Do not cut them out yet because they'll be hard to hoop.

With the help of the print outs mark the position of the designs on the fabric.
Stabilize the fabric with cut-away stabilizer.

Make the embroidery.

Cutting:

Using you rotary cutter or sharp scissors, cut out the embroidered rectangles. You will have 4 rectangle measuring 9 1/2" x 22" each.

For each place mat,

  • out of off-white, cut 2 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding;
  • out of plaid fabric, cut 2 strips measuring 3 1/2" x 22".

Sewing:

Sew the plaid borders to the upper and the lower edges of the white rectangles. Press the seams to the borders.

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.

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.

Position rick-rack over the seams and topstitch in place.
Finish the raw edges with binding.

Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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