It seems like I start out most of my project descriptions by saying, “This is fast and easy….” Well, here is another one! I don’t like things that are complicated or take too much time- I tend to quickly get bored and lose interest in things, so my projects need to be completed FAST so I can move on to the next one, ha ha! I’m sure a few of you know what I’m talking about….
This is a fun afternoon project, and a great way to use up your scraps. What a pretty addition to your Springtime table!!
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For EACH place mat, you will need:
White or cream fabric for top of place mat- 17 1/2 x 9 1/2”
Green fabric for bottom- 17 1/2” x 5 1/2”
Green fabric for binding- about 1/4 yard
Backing fabric- 20 x 17”
Thin batting 19 x 16”
Scraps of assorted fabrics for egg
Ribbon, rick rack or other trim- 18” long (about 1/2- 5/8” wide)
Fusible web for machine applique- I like Heat n Bond Lite by Thermoweb
Thread for piecing, applique, topstitching ribbon/trim, and quilting
Sew White and Green fabrics for place mat together along long edges. Place the ribbon or trim over the seam and pin in place (it will be a little long.) Topstitch the long edges of the ribbon in place, about 1/16-1/8” from the ribbon edge, with matching thread. Trim excess ribbon from edges of placemat.
Cut the scraps into strips, about 7” long and of varying widths (about 1”- 2 1/4” wide.) Sew the strips together along the long edges until you have a piece that is about 7 x 9” in size. Press the seams well.
Trace the Easter egg pattern onto the paper side of fusible web ( which can be found in my Shop ). Cut out shape, leaving about a 1/4” border. Place shape on WRONG side of your pieced fabric, with the paper side up and adhesive side down. Iron fusible web shape to fabric according to manufacturer’s directions (make sure to iron both sides for maximum adhesion.) When cool, remove the paper backing.
Place Easter egg right side up on place mat. Iron in place. Machine applique the edges of the Easter egg.
Layer the placemat, batting, and backing fabric together. Quilt as desired. For my placemat, I just did freemotion loops. Trim excess batting and backing fabric.
Bind with green fabric.
Get a downloadable and printable PDF of the pattern here.
Maybe I missed it but I read all your emails and I haven’t seen you telling us that your Quilted Potholder is part of Craftsy’s March Madness Quilting Tournament. People have until March 24th to vote for your pattern to move on to the next round. Are you allowed to promote it on your blog and emails?
HI Linda- Actually, I had no idea that they were including my project until I got an email from them late yesterday afternoon! I was shocked! LOL. Yes I am going to include it in a newsletter- just haven’t had a chance yet! Thanks for the heads up :)
I forgot to comment on the placemat – it’s just what I needed for a hostess gift for an Easter dinner invite. Simple but special! Thanks.
You could make a cute table runner, too!!
Good for you to stay aware. Mjl
How cute– Even one of these placemats would be perfect to display an Easter basket with bunnies, an egg tree, or with a candle..etc.. i’m saving this idea. Thank you :)
oops-i wasn’t finished typing my comment i just posted.
This is so cute! And you’re right, it would make a wonderful runner, as well!
I thought you knew about the potholder I downloaded it and voted the first day! I hope you win. You designs are beautiful!
Thanks again for your lovely free patterns and mag. You always put a smile on my face.
Thanks so much for the Easter project. Great minds must think alike because last night I was strip quilting with scraps to make a whole bunch of eggs for my table runner. I made some hearts on one side and I thought I could flip it over and do an Easter project on the other side…a table runner sandwich if you get my idea.
Thanks for the potholder pattern and the opportunity to cast a vote for you….Lots of luck…your ideas are always “WINNERS” to me.
I voted for your potholder both ways. Thank you for the free pattern of it! Hope you win!
Congratulations on making Round two with the potholder – I’ve already voted for you :)
Thank you for the Easter Egg Placemat.