This April my sister-in-law and her husband are celebrating their golden wedding. She asked me to make her two quilted placemats to celebrate this special anniversary. I choose a simple wedding ring pattern and I knew that I wanted to use my “new” Liberty London fabrics.
The background fabric is from Makower Linen Texture in cream. The pattern template is from Teresa Down Under : Sewn Up, blog post Improvisational Paper Piecing.
I traced the middle ring by hand reusing paper with incorrectly printed out templates. Instead of improvisational piecing of the middle ring, I folded the template into six sections. For each placemat I cut 24 squares 2,5″ x 2,5″; distributed the fabric squares into 4 sections and chain pieced the middle ring.
The pieced middle rings before and after cutting, after removing the paper template :
The finished placemats are oval shape – this is why I have cut out the concave pieces asymmetrically, adding 2,5″ on one side of the outer ring template.
All prepared for piecing curves :
The four blocks are ready to make a placemat.
I have decided to finish the placemats without binding, i.e. I have quilted only the top and wadding (no backing fabric) in straight lines using the walking in foot.
And the placemats in “action” :
After adding the backing fabric (Kona solid in silver) I have quilted two circles to bond the layers :
Quilting details :
Photo of each placemat separately :
Placemat size : 19″ x 14″ – oval template from Purl Soho
Aurifil Mako thread : piecing – 50/2 in dove 2600 / quilting – 40/2 in dove 2600
Wadding : Bosal Acadia Premium 80% cotton / 20% polyester Autumn in white