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

And here are my 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

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

Zentangled Garden 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!

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Anne Gale November 8, 2016 - 2:02 pm
Love the bright colours ... very cheerful!
Jean Boyd November 13, 2016 - 11:13 am
Thanks Anne. Glad you enjoyed this placemat project!
Jean Boyd September 12, 2015 - 5:29 pm
Hi Chris I am glad you enjoyed this project. I had fun making them too!
Chris Walsh September 11, 2015 - 9:02 am
Love the bright, modern look of these placemats, will definitely be making some of these!
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