These eye catching placemats are very easy to make. They use designs from the Applique Circle with Redwork Flowers set for a mega hoop (6" x 6"). The finished size of the placemats is about 18" x 28". If you use designs for a large hoop (5" x 7"), please use the alternate cutting measurements given in brackets. Your placemats will be smaller, about 18" x 24".
You will need light-colored fabric for the embroidery background and multi-colored, but not bright batik for the applique. We used similar polka-dot fabrics - one orange and one bright green. Orange and green rick-rack trim add a whimsical accent.
You will also need batting, fabric for the backing and binding.
We made the embroidery first.
For each placemat, you will need 4 stitch-outs.
Follow the instructions when making the embroidery.
Trim the embroidered fabric to 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" blocks if you made the Mega Hoop designs and to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2", if you made the Latrge Hoop designs..
Out of green and orangle fabrics each cut a strip measuring 6 " x 28 1/2" (alternate size: 6 x 24 1/2" for the smaller placematt).
Cut rick-rack into piece 28 1/2" long (alternate size: 24 1/2"). For each mat you will need 3 green and 3 orange pieces.
Sew the embroidered blocks into a strip with four blocks per strip.
Sew the green strip to the lower edge of the mat and the orange strip to the upper edge of the strip.
Spread the backing on the table, face down. Cover with batting. Spread the top over the backing. Pin all three layers together with 1" pins.
We quilted around the embroidery and all over the top in a free-motion style. Remove the pins while working.
When finished, press the mats with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.
Topstitch the green rick-rack pieces to the orange strip and the orange rick-rack pieces to the green strip. Space them evenly, 1" apart.
Finish the raw edges with binding.
Close-ups of the embroidery.