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2 quilted placemats using modern Log Cabin blocks and creative borders

2 quilted placemats using modern Log Cabin blocks and creative borders

by Jean Boyd

Yesterday and Monday I showed you how to make different modern Log Cabin blocks using Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Shimmer Echoes. For today’s project, I’ve decided to make some placemats with these blocks. Placemats are a favorite project for me – I can try out new techniques without having to make a whole quilt, and I have something useful in the end. My local Quilt Guild supports the Meals on Wheels program in our area by donating placemats to those receiving meals. So I know that all my placemat samples will be put to good use!

For my first placemat, I sewed two modern Log Cabin blocks together. Then I added 2″ strips cut from a medium gray Toscana to make the border.

Two modern Log Cabin blocks made with Northcott's Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics are sewn together with a gray Toscana border to make a placemat.

Modern Log Cabin blocks with a gray Toscana border

I did some simple straight-line quilting using a variegated black, white and gray thread.

Straight-line quilting on the placemat made with Northcott Toscana and Artisan Spirit fabrics.

Straight-line quilting

Next, I sewed on the binding cut from one of the Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics. You can check out my favorite method for making and sewing on the binding in this QUILTsocial blog post.

The binding on the placemat was made from one of the darker Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics.

Binding the placemat

Since I still had some 1½” strips left from all the blocks I’ve made this week, I decided to incorporate them into a border on another placemat. The “border” is actually the main part of this placemat, but this type of border can be used on any size of quilt.

For the center part of the placemat I cut a rectangle 10½” x 4½”.

I sewed two or three short 1½” strips together, end-to-end, pressing the seams open and making a 1½” strip set for each border. Then I cut two 2″ x 15″ strips and two 2″ x 10″ strips from both light and medium Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabric.

The borders for the placemat are made from 2" border strips cut from two different Artisan Spirit fabrics and leftover 1½" strips sewn together.

2″ border strips and 1½” strips sewn together

I sewed the medium and light strips to opposite sides of each pieced strip to make the 4 borders. I then trimmed the borders so I had two borders 4½” x 14½” and two borders 4½” x 8½”.

The pieced borders made from the Northcott Artisan Spirit fabrics are ready to be sewn to the center section of the placemat.

Pieced borders ready to be sewn

I sewed the top 14½” border to the center rectangle using a partial seam.

The first 14½" border on the placemat is sewn on with a partial seam. Then the 10½" border is sewn on.

14½” border sewn on with a partial seam

Then I sewed on the remaining borders and then finished sewing the partial seam.

All of the borders on the placemat made with Northcott's Artisan Spirit fabrics have been sewn on.

The completed placemat top

And now I had another placemat all ready for quilting and binding. I used straight-line quilting again and one of the dark fabrics from the Artisan Spirit Shimmer collection for the binding. Here’s my finished placemat!

The finished placemat, made using Northcott's Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Echoes fabric in the Peacock colorway.

Second finished placemat

Northcott describes their fabric as “Cotton that feels like silk” and it really is! It’s a wonderful fabric to work with and is always a generous 42″ – 44″ wide.

Be sure to check out this new feature on the Northcott website – The Look Book. This page lets you look at all the new fabric collections and coordinating patterns several months before they are shipped to quilt shops. Lots of time for you to plan new projects for these exciting new fabrics!

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to make a small quilt using wedge-shaped strips of Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics.

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Sewing fabric strips on an angle for a wonky modern Log Cabin block

Go to part 4: Easy to cut fabric wedges sew up quickly into a modern quilt block


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