Introducing my latest pattern: Fresh Start placemats. I am starting a new adventure in 2021, as a Brand Ambassador for Island Batik fabrics! I will be creating projects throughout the year with materials they provide, and January’s assignment was placemats.
Fresh Start Placemats
I chose a variety of browns from the stash-builder packs and paired them with Glacier, one of Island Batik’s Foundation fabrics that are always available.
Then, I played with some half-square triangle designs and chose four patterns to use as the center of each placemat.
12″ by 18″ seems to be a useful size for placemats, so I added some borders in brown, and then an accent row of half-square triangles on one side.
Watch this video to see my favorite methods for making half-square triangles.
I used an Island Batik Black solid for the backing and binding. Many thanks to industry partners Aurifil (thread), Schmetz (needles) and Hobbs (batting) for providing the additional materials I needed to finish my placemats!
In fact, any time you want to make a square quilt more rectangular, just mix up the width of your borders. There are no rules saying every side of your project has to be the same size! I share some tips for doing the math to create additional borders in this video.
My fellow Ambassadors
I am honored to be among the fabulous group of quilters who were selected as Island Batik Ambassadors this year. We have some exciting blog hops coming up throughout the year. Visit them now to see their placemat projects.
Megan at Best Quilter
Pamela at Pamela Quilts
Elizabeth at Epida Studio
Jennifer at Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne at Unicorn Harts
Mania at Mania for Quilts
Jane at Stitch by Stitch
Connie at Kauffman Designs
Emily at The Darling Dogwood
Denise at For the Love of Geese
Leah at Quilted Delights
Maryellen at Mary Mack Made Mine
Claudia at Create with Claudia
Gail at Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna at Sew Cute and Quirky
Michelle at Creative Blonde
Jennifer of Curlicue Creations
Suzy of Webster Quilt
Janet of Whispers of Yore
Get started on your Fresh Start placemats today – find the pattern here.