Color and movement: Creating a grid design with the PFAFF passport 2.0 by Claire Haillot April 19, 2023 written by Claire Haillot April 19, 2023 171 Color and movement can transform a simple placemat into a beautiful quilted project. In yesterday’s blog post, I created three placemats as the foundation of our design exploration. Today, I’m using one of those units to create a grid effect, adding a new dimension to the design. I’m using the PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine for precise stitching. Creating a grid to add movement to the placemats using the PFAFF passport 2.0 Instructions Cut four ¾” strips from the neutral fabric. Prior to cutting, I recommend using Mary Ellen’s Best Press on the back of the neutral fabric and placemat to help you sew such thin strips to the project. Sewing on ¾”strips add movement to the placemat. 2. Position the ruler at a 60-degree angle on the placemat and begin cutting. Cut the following lines at a 3” increment. Cutting into the placemat unit at a 60-degree angle 3. Stitch the ¾” strips along each cut while trying to match the strip alignment. The placemat will begin to look uneven, but don’t worry, I’ll cut at the end of the project to make it a rectangle again. Sewing the ¾” strips into the placemat creates an indentation. 4. Position the ruler to create a perpendicular cut to the 60-degree strips. Cut the following lines at a 3” increment. Cutting perpendicularly to the 60-degree strips 5. Stitch the ¾” strips along each cut while trying to match the strip alignment. Sewing the ¾” strips to form a grid on the placemat Once the strips are pieced together to form a grid, cut the placemat to form a rectangle. My placemat measures 10½” x 16½”, but before cutting to the same size, look at the size of your dinner plates to determine the size you need. The PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine with the optional ¼” Quilting Foot for IDT System precisely fed my strips through the machine and made it easy to piece the units together to form the grid. Piecing the grid strips together is incredibly easy with the PFAFF passport 2.0 This project is just the right size to test sewing smaller strips at an angle. Once you make this piece, you’ll feel more confident to experiment with movement and color on other personal projects. Stay tuned for my next post, where I’ll play with the third unit to create another design using the PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine. Thank you for joining me on this journey of color and movement in placemat designs! This is part 3 of 5 in this series Go back to part 2: Playing with color and movement: Making placemats with jelly rolls Go to part 4: Create a dynamic design with precision stitching on the PFAFF passport 2.0 Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs464free patternsfree quilting patternimprov quiltingMary Ellen’s Best PressnotionsOdif 505 Temporary Adhesive for fabricOmnigrid self-healing matOmnigrip 8½" x 24" rulerpassport 2.0pfaffPFAFF passport 2.0PFAFF ¼" Quilting Foot for IDT Systemplacematsquilting tutorialsewing machine reviewstable runnersunboxing the PFAFF passport 2.0 FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Claire Haillot Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides, and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European, and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing, and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice in Salon 2012 • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 and 2016 • Second Place in Salon 2016 • Best of show at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston 2018. previous post Playing with color and movement: Making placemats with jelly rolls next post Create a dynamic design with precision stitching on the PFAFF passport 2.0 YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The Ultimate Secret Weapon: The PFAFF Magnetic Seam... Elevate Your Sewing Craftsmanship | PFAFF Best of... Unleash your artistry: discover the magic of the... Maximize your workspace with the PFAFF passport™ Extension... Unleash Your Creativity | PFAFF Passport 2.0 must-have... Choosing a quilting design for your quilt |... Create a dynamic design with precision stitching on... Playing with color and movement: Making placemats with... Unleash your quilting creativity with the PFAFF passport... 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