I will be showing you how to make a one quilt block tablemat using your stash. I used spring colored fabrics to use with spring/Easter table décor. But you can do this with any block you like in the color palette you want to showcase.
The block I am making is 10 1/2″ unfinished. I am making strip pieced panels of (4) strips 2 1/4″ x 22″. As you can see with the yellow rabbit fabric, I didn’t have a full length 22″ strip, so I used two shorter lengths. To make this block I made (4) panels, making each one different. I pressed the seam allowances all in the same direction.
I then cut 2 1/4″ wide segments from the panels. To make one tablemat, you will need one segment from each panel. I planned on making several tablemats, so I cut many more segments.
Here are four segments laid out, ready to be sewn into a block unit. Sew them together, matching corners and pushing the seam allowances up or down, so that the corners match easily as you add each row. Press the unit and you are ready for the next step.
Cut (2) squares, 5 7/8″ each from a tan print fabric. Cut the squares once on diagonal to make (4) triangles from the (2) squares. Lay a triangle around the sewn unit on all four sides.
Fold one triangle in half, finger press a crease on the long side facing the sewn unit. Match this crease to the middle of the pieced unit, right sides together. Sew the triangle to the unit. Repeat with the opposite side of the pieced unit. Press open the triangles and repeat to add the remaining triangles to the pieced unit.
Now you are ready to machine or hand quilt the tablemat! Layer the pieced top with batting and backing which are larger in size than the block. I chose to machine quilt as I planned on making (16) for our church café tables. So I pin basted and machine quilted a stipple stitch on each one.
After quilting the tablemat, trim around the block leaving a 1/4″ beyond each sewing intersection on the middle of each side. Make your binding (each mat used 1 1/4 length of strips to go around the tablemat), sew it to the tablemat and hand sew the folded edge to the back. See the free tutorials on my home page for instructions to add binding if you haven’t done that yet.
Here is the finished tablemat with a floral idea I saw on Pinterest. Jelly beans fill the glass around the bottom of the floral stems. Cute idea!
Happy quilting and Happy Palm Sunday and Easter!