Quilted Placemats

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:

Nine Patch block
Nine Patch block from 5” squares

Trim two opposite corners in half, diagonally on each square.
Nine patch block

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.

Octagon Quilted Placemats
Tiny tables require tiny fruit bowls! 14 x 14” placemats, at the longest points.
Free motion quilting
Back view

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!

~Abbie ✨


21 thoughts on “Quilted Placemats

  1. Hi Abbie! WHAT?!! This just might end up as another squirrel project for me. Not only am I sewing TODAY with a different line of Kaffe, but I have a few pieces leftover that I’m not sure what to do with. Between seeing Karla’s original version and now your pretties, I am indeed going to have to make a set myself. Thank you for that. ~smile~ Roseanne


  2. These are very pretty on your vintage table! Enamel topped tables are so charming and adding some lovely place mats makes it even more charming! Thanks, Abbie and Karla for a great idea…I’ll soon be working on Christmas 2019 gifts and these are perfect!

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