How to make… QUILTE D record placemats
Two pieces of black cotton quilting fabric, 75cm ( 29 ½ " ) each Four pieces of coordinating cotton quilting fabric in bright colours, 25cm ( 97/ 8") each Very thin, low loft cotton batting, 50cm ( 19 ¾ " ) One small spool of matching thread for each coordinating colour fabric One large spool of black thread Two 4m ( 4yrd) packages of single fold bias binding One light fabric marking pencil Two dark fabric marking pencils Piece of twine or string Quilting pins Straight pins Scissors Ruler Grab some colourful scraps from your stash and turn them into a set of jazzy vinyl placemats. This retro quilting project by Leah Farquharson is guaranteed to be a hit with both the guys and gals at your next dinner party! It's simple enough for novice quilters to try their hand at, and you don’t need to worry about the stitching looking pristine either as the messy style works just as well.
Why not make a card or fabric ‘ sleeve’ to store them in, or stitch your favourite album titles on the front for a really bespoke finish?
Start by creating a homemade compass. Tie one end of your string or twine around the light- coloured marking pencil and measure 18cm ( 7"). Make a cut.
Carefully holding the end of the string in one place, swing the pencil around to create a circle on your black quilting fabric. This will be the base of the record.
Carefully cut out two layers of the black cotton quilting fabric.
Using an 8cm ( 3") piece of string or twine repeat Steps 1- 3 on the bright coloured or patterned fabric, this time drawing a smaller circle for the centre of the record. Cut out.
Lay your coloured centre piece on top of the black circle, then place both on top of your cotton
batting and cut out.
Pull apart the two pieces of black quilting fabric and layer the piece of batting in between.
Pin through the layers using quilting pins. This will stabilise all the pieces while you're sewing.
Starting in the very centre of the placemat, machine sew a design using coordinating thread. You can have fun with this bit – we used a different design on every centre.
Using black thread, machine sew lines around the black portion of the mat to resemble the vinyl groves. Be sure to smooth the fabric toward the outside as you go, and remove pins as needed. Trim any excess batting.
Open the bias binding package and press one edge of the fold open. Press the end portion under. Pin to the underside of the mat with the raw edge to the outside, as shown. Trim once you reach your starting point, leaving about 2.5cm ( 1") extra. Press the end under and pin neatly in place.
Machine stitch all the way around the edge.
Fold the binding edge outwards and press again.
Wrap the folded edge of the binding around the front of the mat. Press, pin and machine stitch all the way around to finish. Now you're ready to dish up dinner!
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Leah Farquharson Designer- maker Leah lives in the Miami area with her engineer husband and two sons, working from home and striving to embrace each day with laughter and creativity. You can keep up with her adventures on her blog www. bluebirdchic. com