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Quilted Christmas Place Mats

These charming quilted place mats look unusual, but they are actually easy and quick to put together.

We used the photo-stitch machine embroidery designs Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia for the large hoop (5" x 7").

The finished size is about 17" x 28".

Quilted Christmas Place Mats image 1

You will need:

  • embroidery threads according to the color cards of the designs,
  • medium-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • white, green and red fabrics,
  • backing and batting,
  • sewing and quilting thread,
  • quilter's ruler and rotary cutter (or washable fabric marker and scissors).

Cutting (for one placemat):

Out of white fabric, cut

  • 2 squares measuring 5 1/2" x 5 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 13 1/2" and 1 1/2" x 22 1/2",
  • 2 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.
Out of the red fabric, cut
  • 4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 5 1/2",
  • 8 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 7 1/2",
  • 8 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 9 1/2".
  • 4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 11 1/2"
  • 1 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 24 1/2" and 1 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 15 1/2",
Out of green fabric, cut
  • 8 squares measuring 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"
  • 8 squares measuring 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
  • 8 squares measuring 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"
  • 1 strip measuring 2 1/2" x 26 1/2 and
  • 1 strip measuring 2 1/2" x 17 1/2.

Assembly of the Block:

Note: seam allowance is 1/4". Press every seam immediately after you make it.

Step 1: Sew the red 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges of the white 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Step 2: Sew the red 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the working piece.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Step 3: Position a 2 1/4" green square face down over one corner of the working piece. Draw a diagonal and stitch on the line. Trim seam allowance to 1/4", unfold and press.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Repeat for all corners of the square.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Step 4: Sew the red 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges of the working piece. Sew the red 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" strips to its right and left edges.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Step 5: Repeat Step 3 using the 3 1/4" green squares.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Step 6: Sew the red 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges of the working piece. Sew the red 1 1/2" x 11 1/2" strips to its right and left edges.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Step 7: Repeat Step 3 using the 4 1/4" green squares..

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Embroidery:

Upload the embroidery designs Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia into your machine and embroider them in the white centers of the blocks.

Quilted Christmas Place Mats image 2

Assembly of the Top

Sew together two blocks with the two different embroidered patterns:

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Sew the white 1 1/2" x 22 1/2" strips to the long sides of the working piece.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Sew the white 1 1/2" x 13 1/2" strips to the short sides of the working piece.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Sew the red 2 1/2" x 24 1/2 strip to the lower edge of the working piece.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Sew the red 2 1/2" x 15 1/2" strip to the right edge of the working piece.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Sew the green 2 1/2" x 26 1/2" strip to the upper edge of the working piece.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Sew the green 2 1/2" 17 1/2" strip to the left edge of the working piece.

Christmas Placemats Machine Embroidery Project

Quilting and Finishing:

Now place the backing 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 with a meandering pattern around the embroidery and all over the place mat.

Quilted Christmas Place Mats image 3

After the quilting is finished, 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 the binding.

Quilted Christmas Place Mats image 4

The place mat is finished. Enjoy!

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