Let’s go one step further with color and movement to transform a simple placemat into a beautiful quilted project. In yesterday’s blog post, I created a grid on the foundation of the placemat to explore movement. Today, I’m using the third unit prepared in Tuesday’s post, Playing with color and movement: Making placemats with jelly rolls, to add a new dimension to the design by playing with strip sizes and grid to create movement. To show you this, I’m using the PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine for precise stitching.
- Position the foundation placemat on the cutting mat and cut in the middle of the third and sixth strip. Then take the middle piece and rotate it 180-degrees.
2. Cut a 1¼” x 14” and a 2¼” x 14” rectangle from the neutral fabric and add to the placemat.
I could stop ‘exploring’ here as it is a nice-looking placemat. But I felt like adding the grid once more to see how it would look.
3. Cut four ¾” strips from the neutral fabric. Position the ruler at a 60-degree angle on the placemat and begin cutting. Cut the following lines at a 3” increment. 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.
4. 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, it will get cut at the end of the project to make it a rectangle again.
Step 5 Position the ruler to create a perpendicular cut to the 60-degree strips. Cut the following lines at a 3” increment.
Step 6 Stitch the ¾” strips along each cut while trying to match the strip alignment. Again, the placemat will look uneven, but we’ll cut it once completed to make it a rectangle again.
Once you piece the strips together to form a grid, you can cut the placemat to form a rectangle. My placemat measures 11” x 17”, but before cutting to the same size, look at the size of your plates to determine the size you need.
Throughout this project, I used the PFAFF Passport 2.0 sewing machine with the optional ¼” Quilting Foot for IDT System. This feature allowed me to precisely feed my strips through the machine and make it easy to piece the units together to form the grid.
If you’re looking for a fun and creative project, give this one a try. It’s just the right size to experiment with color and movement. Having made this piece, you’ll feel more confident to experiment on your own project. Playing with color and movement can transform a simple placemat into a beautiful quilted project that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Stay tuned for our next post, where I will explore quilting designs using the PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine.