Karla from My Sewful Retirement posted a set of really cool diamond shaped placemats she made. I had to make some myself!
My fabric is from a charm pack of Free Spirit “Peacock Classics” by Kaffe Fassett. It is a different style than I normally gravitate to, but I was so intrigued by it, I purchased it.
This project is fast and fun to sew. Make a simple nine patch block:
Trim two opposite corners in half, diagonally on each square.
Using the top as a template, cut backing and batting pieces to the same size. Put the top and back fabric right sides together then place the batting piece on top. Pin and stitch 1/4” around, leaving about a 2” opening on one side. Turn inside out and voila!
Top stitch the edges and free motion or straight stitch quilt to finish.
I love this unique take on the standard rectangular placemat but since we have a “temporary” tiny kitchen/dining table, I wanted the mats to be proportional to it. So I also before sewing the layers together, I cut the other corners of on the diagonal too. It’s now a stop sign shape.
Did I mention our table is really really small?!! It is a 20 x 36” vintage mid-century enamel one that was once my sewing machine table. When we moved, I donated my old dining room table and we decided to use this one until we found a new one. It makes for a cozy although cramped dinner for two, but going on two years now I think we are just used to our little retro table! In fact when we have (a) guest for dinner, we can squeeze them in as the head of the table!
I plan to make some more for gifts. Thank you Karla for the inspiration!