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Bind and finish your quilted place mats

Now it’s time to bind and finish your quilted place mats. You’re almost finished your little modern quilts!

First, trim excess batting and backing, and then square-up the place mat.

You can use one fabric for the binding or join some of your leftover pieces to make a multi-colored binding.

I like to cut my binding strips 3″ wide and then sew them on with a ½” seam.

Here’s how my solid color bindings look.

Modern place mats with solid-color binding
Modern place mats with solid-color binding

 

And here are my place mats with multi-colored bindings.

Modern place mats with multi-colored bindings
Modern place mats with multi-colored bindings

 

You can see how 4 modern-style designs have been made by starting with some simple 6″ block designs. And now you have a very contemporary set of place mats!

4 modern place mats
4 modern place mats

 

Now that you’ve had a taste of modern quilting, you’ll probably want to try something larger.

Here are some modern quilts that I’ve recently completed. You can have a closer look at them on my website. They are also available for immediate download from my Craftsy store.

Central Square by Jean Boyd
Central Square by Jean Boyd

 

Zentangled Garden by Jean Boyd
Zentangled Garden by Jean Boyd

 

Return Trip by Jean Boyd
Return Trip by Jean Boyd

 

I hope you have enjoyed making, binding and finishing your modern place mats. Make it Modern might just become your new quilt making theme!

 

 

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

4 Comments

  1. Anne Gale

    Love the bright colours … very cheerful!

    • Thanks Anne. Glad you enjoyed this placemat project!

  2. Hi Chris

    I am glad you enjoyed this project. I had fun making them too!

  3. Chris Walsh

    Love the bright, modern look of these placemats, will definitely be making some of these!

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