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Poinsettia and Candle Quilted Place Mats

This attractive, Christmas-themed set consists of a table runner and four place mats. This tutorial describes how to make the place mat. The table runner is described in a separate tutorial.

For the table mats, we used the applique designs Poinsettia and Candles for the large hoop (5" x 7").

The finished size of the place mat is about 16" x 18".
For the placemats, you will need
  • embroidery threads (either polyester or rayon),
  • medium-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • about 1/4 yard each of six neutral colored fabrics (cream, sand, linen, light tan, beige, etc) for the background; OR you can use scraps of such fabrics from your stash,
  • about 1/4 yard of red fabric for the first border,
  • about 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding (we chose a green fabric featuring a holly print),
  • scrap fabrics for the applique (read applique instructions),
  • backing and bating,
  • quilting threads.
For one placemat: If using whole pieces of the neutral-colored fabrics, out of each, cut
  • 1 strip 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric,
Alternatively, if using scraps of neutral fabrics from your stash, cut
  • 60 squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" .
Out of the red fabric, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 12 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 11 1/2".
Out of the patterned green fabric, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" and the length of the width of the fabric.
Sewing the Central Part:
Note: seam allowance is 1/4". Press every seam immediately after you make it.
If working with strips of the neutral-colored fabrics, sew them together lengthwise. Press the seams in one direction.

On your working table, cut the new wide strip into 2 1/2" wide strips. For one table mat, you will need 10 strips in all.

Take one of the 6-square strips and rip the seam in the middle to form two 3-square strips.
Take two of the 6-square strips and stitch a 3-square strip to each one, to form two 9-square strips.
Alternatively, sew your 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares into 7 strips with 6 squares in each strip and 2 strips with 9 squares each.
Take 5 of the 6-square strips and sew them together, flipping all even strips. Press seams.
First Border:
Sew the red 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips to the longer edges of the working piece. Sew the 1 1/2" x 11 1/2" strips to the shorter edges.
The Second Border:
Sew two 6-square strips to the shorter edges of the mat.
Sew two 9-square strips to the longer edges of the mat.
Upload the files Poinsettia and Candles into your machine and embroider them in the corners of the table mats. We embroidered the Poinsettia on two of the table mats, and Candles on the other two. Follow the applique instructions for these designs.
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 in a freemotion style all over the mats.
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.

Your placemats are done. Enjoy!
The table runner is described in a separate tutorial.
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