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Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Patchwork Placemats

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Today we start a brand new series of beautiful kitchen tutorials in Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern collection for Moda Fabrics, which is hitting the fabric shelves right now, both in store and online! We call the series Kitchen Confections because each one is a delicious bite size project with plenty of sweet style. "But, aren't 'Vintage' and 'Modern' mutually exclusive?" You ask. (I always listen when you ask questions.) Not at all! It's a delightful blend of old and new. You get the prettiest patterns, reminiscent of old-fashioned goodness, but with a new twist that makes it all fresh and fun. This collection has six colorsways (Sky, Pebble, Cream, Candy Apple, Melon and Pear) with 40 quilting weight prints and 10 flannels, plus Fat Quarters, Fat Eighths, Layer Cakes, Charm Packs and Jelly Rolls. Wow! Thanks to Bonnie & Camille's great sense of style and design, it is mix-and-match heaven. In fact, there are so many fabrics to love, we ended up incorporating several patchwork techniques into our projects in order to allow us to inject as much variety as possible. Today, we kick off the series with a set of reversible placemats. Each one features unique fabric combinations for the front, back and binding; yet the patchwork feature band is the same on all, which ties the whole set together. We show you how to make a 'strata' so this common patchwork band is fast and easy.

 

Our thanks to Moda Fabrics for sponsoring our Kitchen Confections series and allowing us to be one of the first to "have our way" with this newest collection from our friends, Bonnie & Camille. This week, we have today's placemats along with coordinating napkins and a table runner. Next week, there's an adorable apron, oven mitts and a toaster cozy plus matching recipe cards and gift tags you can download, and a mouth-watering Great Giveaway!

Moda is well known for the extraordinary depth and variety of their design collections. Vintage Modern is just one of the many innovative Moda fabric collections that debut each month at your favorite independent shops.

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As we mentioned, Vintage Modern is available as yardage as well as in a full variety of great pre-cut bundles. We show you options below for how to use just yardage for our placemats as well as how best to incorporate Fat Quarters and Jelly Roll strips.

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

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Supplies listed below are for FOUR placemats; each finishes at 20" wide x 14" high.

  • 15 cuts from the Vintage Modern collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics: yardage is shown below both with and without pre-cuts in the mix
    NOTE: You could certainly use fewer cuts, but the beauty of this collection is how marvelously it all mixes and matches, so we have given you the information for how to build a set that looks just like ours.
  • 1 yard of 45" wide lightweight, low loft batting: we used Warm & Natural quilt batting
  • All purpose thread to coordinate with fabrics
  • Machine quilting thread in 50 wt: we used white
  • See-through ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Adhesive dots or masking tape
  • Temporary spray adhesive (one option for basting)
  • Hand sewing needle and contrasting thread (another option for basting)

Specific Yardage Notes

Our patchwork strip is made from the same seven strips for each placemat.

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The Binding/Front/Back combination for our first placemat is as follows:

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The Binding/Front/Back combination for our second placemat is as follows:

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The Binding/Front/Back combination for our third placemat is as follows:

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The Binding/Front/Back combination for our fourth placemat is as follows:

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Fabric Name/Number

Yardage w/out pre-cuts

Yardage w/pre-cuts

Fabric 1: Floral Wish Sky/ 55044-11

¼

⅛ + One Jelly Roll Strip

Fabric 2: Floral Snickerdoodle Pear /55046-16

½

One Fat Quarter + One Jelly Roll Strip

Fabric 3: Floral Hopscotch Pebble/55041-17

¼

⅛ + One Jelly Roll Strip

Fabric 4: Floral Vintage Sky/55040-11

One Fat Quarter + One Jelly Roll Strip

Fabric 5: Floral Wish Pebble/ 55044-13

One Jelly Roll Strip

Fabric 6: Floral Swirl Candy Apple/ 55047-15

One Jelly Roll Strip

Fabric 7: Floral Hopscotch Sky/55041-11

One Jelly Roll Strip

Fabric 8: Floral Dot Stripe Candy Apple/55045-15

¼

¼

Fabric 9: Floral Snickerdoodle Sky/55046-11

½

One Fat Quarter

Fabric 10: Floral Snickerdoodle Melon/55046-14

½

One Fat Quarter

Fabric 11: Floral Vintage Cream/55040-17

½

One Fat Quarter

Fabric 12: Floral Wish Candy Apple/ 55044-15

¼¼

Fabric 13: Floral Snickerdoodle Pebble/55046-13

½

One Fat Quarter

Fabric 14: Floral Vintage Pebble /55040-13

½

One Fat Quarter

Fabric 15: Floral Cotton Blossom Candy Apple
/55048-15

½

One Fat Quarter

Getting Started

WOF = Width of Fabric

Fabric 1 - Floral Wish Sky:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut TWO 2" x WOF strips and ONE 2½" x 25" strip
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut TWO 2" x WOF strips and cut the Jelly Roll strip down to 25"

Fabric 2 - Floral Snickerdoodle Pear:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 14½ x 15 rectangle and ONE 2½" x 25" strip
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 14½ x 15 rectangle from the Fat Quarter and cut the Jelly Roll strip down to 25"

Fabric 3 - Floral Hopscotch Pebble:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut TWO 2" x WOF strips and ONE 2½" x 25" strip
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut TWO 2" x WOF strips and cut the Jelly Roll strip down to 25"

Fabric 4 - Floral Vintage Sky:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 16" x 22 rectangle and ONE 2½" x 25" strip
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 16 x 22 rectangle from the Fat Quarter and cut the Jelly Roll strip down to 25"

Fabric 5 - Floral Wish Pebble:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 2½" x 25" strip
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut the Jelly Roll strip down to 25"

Fabric 6 - Floral Swirl Candy Apple:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 2½" x 25" strip
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut the Jelly Roll strip down to 25"

Fabric 7 - Floral Hopscotch Sky:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 2½" x 25" strip
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut the Jelly Roll strip down to 25"

Fabric 8 - Floral Dot Stripe Candy Apple:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut TWO 2" x WOF strips
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut TWO 2" x WOF strips

Fabric 9 - Floral Snickerdoodle Sky:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 14½ x 15 rectangle
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 14½ x 15 rectangle from the Fat Quarter

Fabric 10 - Floral Snickerdoodle Melon:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 14½ x 15 rectangle
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 14½ x 15 rectangle from the Fat Quarter

Fabric 11 - Floral Vintage Cream:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 16 x 22 rectangle
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 16 x 22 rectangle from the Fat Quarter

Fabric 12 - Floral Wish Candy Apple:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut TWO 2" x WOF strips
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut TWO 2" x WOF strips

Fabric 13 - Floral Snickerdoodle Pebble:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 14½ x 15 rectangle
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 14½ x 15 rectangle from the Fat Quarter

Fabric 14 - Floral Vintage Pebble:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 16 x 22 rectangle
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 16 x 22 rectangle from the Fat Quarter

Fabric 15 - Floral Cotton Blossom Candy Apple:

Without pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 16 x 22 rectangle
With yardage/pre-cuts:
Cut ONE 16 x 22 rectangle from the Fat Quarter

Low loft batting:

Cut FOUR 16" x 22" rectangles

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

Create a 'strata'

  1. A strata is a quilter's term for a block of pieced fabric made up of strips sewn together side-by-side. The completed strata can then be cut into smaller strips for the project. It's a wonderful time-saving technique!
  2. Collect the SEVEN 2½" x 25" strips.
  3. Place the strips in a row in the desired order. Number the strips using an adhesive dot or a small piece of masking tape. This will help you keep track of the order.
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  4. With all purpose thread in the top and bobbin, use a ¼" seam allowance to sew together the 2½" x 25" strips to create a 14½" x 25" strata.
  5. To do this, place the first two strips right sides together, aligning one 25" side. Pin in place. Stitch together. Add the third strip to the remaining 25" raw edge of the sewn pair. Pin and stitch in the same manner. Continue in this manner to create a finished strata 14½" x 25".
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  6. Press all the seam allowances to one side, toward the very first strip.
  7. Using a rotary cutter, quilt ruler and cutting mat, square the end of the strata, removing as little fabric as possible. This means aligning your strata along a cutting mat grid line, then also aligning your ruler along the grid lines and trimming the edge perfectly straight.
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  8. Cut the squared strata into four 6" strips, one for each of the four placemats.
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Finish the placemat top

  1. Find one of the 14½" x 15" rectangles.
  2. Place one 6" x 14½" strata strip right sides together with this rectangle, aligning the 14½" sides. Pin in place.
  3. Using a ¼" seam seam allowance, sew the two pieces together. Press the seam allowance together and toward the rectangle. This completes the placemat top.

Layer and quilt

  1. Find the appropriate 16" x 22" rectangle to match your placemat top. This is the placemat back.
  2. Find one 16" x 22" batting rectangle.
  3. Place the placemat back right side DOWN on your work surface. Layer the batting on top of the back. Layer the completed placemat top right side UP on top of the batting. The backing and batting are cut slightly oversized to allow a bit of extra room for quilting.
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  4. Baste all three layers together all around the outer edge and through the middle. You can use a temporary spray adhesive for this step or a long running stitch with needle and thread. We opted for needle and thread.
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  5. If possible, attach a walking foot to your machine. It will make working with the layers easier. Stitch in the ditch (which means stitching along your previously sewn seam line) between the strata strip and the main front rectangle of fabric.
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  6. Re-thread your machine with white quilting 50wt in the top and bobbin.
  7. Channel quilt parallel lines, following the lines of the fabric. Our lines were 1" apart to allow us to sew between the motifs.
    NOTE: If you are new to straight lines quilting, check our our Guest Tutorial from Modern Quilting whiz, Heather Jones.
  8. Quilt perpendicular lines of stitching across the strata strip, running ¼" to each side of each seam.
  9. When the quilting is complete, trim the excess batting and backing to match the placemat top.
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Bind

  1. Find the two 2" x WOF binding strips appropriate for the placemat.
  2. Place the two strips right sides together, along one 2" end. Pin and stitch together with a ¼" seam allowance.
    NOTE: For the red and white striped fabric (Floral Dot Stripe Candy Apple), carefully place your seam to match the stripe.
  3. Fold the joined strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
  4. Working from the front of placemat, align the raw edges of the folded and pressed strip with the raw edge of the placemat.
  5. Re-thread your machine with thread to match the binding in the top and bobbin.
  6. Start in the middle of one long edge, leaving a tail of approximately 4", sew the binding to the placemat, using a ¼" seam allowance.
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  7. Miter each corner. To do this, stop with the needle in the down position when you are ¼" from the corner.
  8. Pivot the fabric 90°.
  9. Using the reverse button on the machine, back off the fabric
  10. Turn the binding straight down at a 90˚ angle. This will create a 45° fold to the inside of the corner, and allow you to align the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the next side of the placemat. Re-start stitching at the point of the fold.
  11. Stitch all the way around, stopping approximately 4" from your starting point.
  12. Open out the binding and join the ends, measuring to fit.
  13. Re-fold the binding.
  14. Bring the binding up and over to the back side of the placemat, covering the line of stitching. Press in place and pin as needed. Don't be afraid to use lots of pins.
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  15. Stitch in the ditch from the front all the way around the placemat.
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  16. Repeat to create your other three mix-and-match placemats.

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Hints and Tips

If you are new to binding, here are two additional helpful tutorials:

A Complete Step-by-Step for Binding Quilts & Throws

Beautiful Binding: Italiano Reversible Kitchen Placemats

Contributors
Project Design: Alicia Thommas  
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Michele Mishler

Other machines suitable for this project include the Elna eXcellence 720 and the Brother Laura Ashley Innov-is.

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Comments (18)

auganb said:
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How do I stop the batting from moving when I sew the materials together. Or the top material moves. help I'm just knew to this.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ auganb - When working with layers and especially batting, we usually recommend a Walking foot, which is what we recommended for this project. It is linked in the supply list, but I've included the link below again. Check with your local sewing machine retailer to find out about the appropriate option for your machine made and model. If you cannot find a Walking foot for your machine, use additional pins. In all quilting... even small projects like this, it is recomended that you pin not only along the edge where you are sewing but also through the middle to help keep the layers from shifting. This is called "pin basting" and you can use either large safety pins or long straight pins. 

http://content.janome.com/index.cfm/Machines/Accessories/All/Quilting%5F...

AnetteF said:
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Hi! I wish you a beautiful day! My name is Analía! I’m from Argentina, and I recently discovered your page... I loved everything what I could see in a short time.  I will be glad to participate on the GiveAway. I would love to make this lovely placemats for my friends. Here in my country, on July 20, we celebrate “Friends’s day”... It seems to me that the placemats can be an excellent gift for them.

Heidi Wingerd said:
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These placemats are delightful.  I have turquoise dishes in my outdoor kitchen in AZ.  New placemats would be a fun, bright addition, to say nothing of giving me some quilting experience before tackling a larger project that I've been holding back on.  Thanks for the great instructions.

Kristiina said:
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I have gleened so much inspiration from your well written and illustrated tutorials!  Even though I have been sewing on/off for 6 years, I still consider myself a beginner.  Lately I've dove in head first and have made everything from matching dress/bloomer/shoe set for my daughter to cloth napkins, unpaper towels, aprons and table runners.  Your most recent posts have prompted me to create completely hand made wedding gift set.  Cloth napkins, table runner, and double sided pot holders, plus a scrap decorated tote for the new mrs. I only wish I could see her face when she opens it!  Thank you again for all the great tuts and I eagerly wait for more!

Pat Pike said:
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Love Love Love the placemats and napkins.  It will have to be my next project!

Maria Aida said:
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Estou a gostar imenso dos vossos trabalhos! Quando precisar vou pedir tecidos.

tsetsgee said:
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Woowsmilies/smiley.gif Your toturials are awesome. I so so proud of you. Thank you very muchsmilies/smiley.gif
sophiet95 said:
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Thanks for the great place mat tutorial. I can't wait to get to my favorite quilt shops to check for these fabrics. What a fun looking line-Moda does it again!
Grannieannie said:
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smilies/grin.gif Wow I really love these. Love the prints, you could use Christmas prints, etc. A set for each holilday. Thanks
boscokitty said:
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As always, thanks for providing pdf versions of these projects! smilies/smiley.gif
Nichol Magouirk said:
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These are GORGEOUS! I have been impatiently waiting for this tutorial since seeing the sneak last week! Going to make a set of these for teacher gifts! Thank you!!!! smilies/grin.gif
Boosmith said:
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I just love the fabric on these....and look at those placemats. Just great for summer!
Gail C Young said:
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Just what I was looking for!!! Thanks! Love the placemats and the fabric line is fabuloussmilies/smiley.gif
mamadub said:
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Love these placemats! And this fabric line is simply gorgeous!! Thanks for the great tutorial.
kittyklaws65 said:
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These are absolutely delicious looking!!! smilies/grin.gif I wondered when I was going to find a placemat pattern that I truly loved to make for summer and ta-da sew for home has it.. again! You guys rock and I love the material!!!!! Makes me think of warm summer days and cold pink lemonade and flower scents blowing thru the air... Ahhhh summer smilies/cheesy.gif

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