Making your first modern quilt place mat

Yesterday, you learned some general guidelines for modern quilt design. Let’s put that information to work in making your first modern quilt place mat.

I started with one of my favorite blocks (#60) from the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book by Tula Pink. All the blocks in this book are 6″ square. I wanted a 12″ x 18″ place mat, so I drew the block using EQ7 (Electric Quilt) and then re-sized it to the correct size. This program also told me the size to cut each piece. If you don’t use EQ, you can draw the block on graph paper (all the measurements are given in the book) and then enlarge it to the right size by using a photocopier or scanner.

Here’s the original 6″ block.

Block #60 from Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink

And here’s how the 12″ x 18″ place mat will look.

Block #60 re-sized to 12″ x 18″

Cut these pieces for place mat #1 and you can get started right away! Of course, you can use different fabrics if you wish.

Red:   1 – 3″ x 12½”
1 – 4″ x 12½”

Blue:  1 – 6½” x 6½”
1 – 3½” x 8½”

Yellow: 1 – 3½” x 12½”

Orange: 1 – 2½” x 6½”
1 – 2½” x 3½”

Green: 1 – 2½” x 3½”

Purple: 1 – 4½” x 6½”

Cut these pieces for place mat #1

Sew the pieces together to make vertical rows. Press seams as desired.

Sew the pieces together to make vertical rows.

Sew the rows together to make the place mat. It should measure 12½” x 18½”. Press seams as desired. And there it is – your first modern design!

Finished place mat

Making your first modern quilt place mat is really easy. Join me tomorrow to get the cutting and sewing instructions for 3 more modern quilt place mats.

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Michele T September 12, 2015 - 8:56 pm
I am always looking for different ideas to brighten up our dinner table... This is perfect!!! My family will love them! Thanks for a great idea!!
Jean Boyd September 12, 2015 - 10:20 pm
Hi Michele Thanks for writing. Glad you liked this project. I love the bright colors too!
Kathy E. September 2, 2015 - 11:19 pm
This is great idea to enlarge a block! I don't have EQ, so I'd need to enlarge the pattern with a copy machine. I hadn't thought of this idea at all! I am making Tula Pink's 100 modern blocks and just finished #54 today! Thanks for sharing.
Jean Boyd September 3, 2015 - 7:39 am
Glad you are enjoying this blog post. The Tula Pink book is one of my favorites when designing modern quilts. The possibilities are endless when you realize you can re-size and combine the basic blocks in the book to create a whole new design!
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