Use bright modern prints to make a cheerful summer place mat. Fabrics are from the Southern Hospitality collection by Heather Dutton of Hang Tight Studio for P&B Textiles.
Summertime Place Mats
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Inspired by: Larger Than Life from designer Roseann Meehan Kermes of Rosebud's Cottage

Quilt tester: Martha Gamm

Finished size: 13×20-1/2"

Materials for One Place Mat

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

  • 10" square each white print and red print (Flying Geese units, block)
  • Scraps of dark pink print, light pink print, and brown print
  • 9×21" piece (fat eighth) green print (border)
  • 3/8 yard yellow print (place mat front and back)
  • 18×21" piece (fat quarter) brown floral (binding)
  • 13×20-1/2" batting

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From white print, cut:

  • 6—2-1/2" squares
  • 1—1-1/4 ×4" rectangle
  • 2—1-1/4 ×3-1/4" rectangles
  • 1—1-1/4 ×2-1/2" rectangle

From red print, cut:

  • 1—2-1/2 ×5-1/2" rectangle
  • 1—1-1/4 ×5-1/2" rectangle
  • 2—1-1/4 ×4-3/4" rectangles
  • 1—1-1/4 ×4" rectangle

From each dark pink and light pink print, cut:

  • 1—2-1/2 ×5-1/2" rectangle

From brown print, cut:

  • 1—2-1/2" square

From green print, cut:

  • 2—1-1/4 ×13" border rectangles
  • 2—1-1/4 ×5-1/2" border rectangles

From yellow print, cut:

  • 1—13 ×20-1/2" rectangle
  • 1—13×14" rectangle

From brown floral, cut:

  • 4 —2-1/2 ×21" binding strips

Assemble Place Mat

Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances unless otherwise indicated. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.

1) Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each white print 2-1/2" square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)

2) Align a marked white print square with one end of red print 2-1/2 ×5-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of marked line). Sew on marked line. Trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press open attached triangle. Add a second marked white print square to opposite end of rectangle to make a red Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 2-1/2 ×5-1/2" including seam allowances. Using dark pink print and light pink print 2-1/2 ×5-1/2" rectangles, repeat to make three Flying Geese units total.

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3) Referring to Diagram 2, join white print 1-1/4 ×2-1/2" rectangle and brown print 2-1/2" square. Add a white print 1-1/4 ×3-1/4" rectangle to right-hand edge (Diagram 3) and bottom edge (Diagram 4). Add white print 1-1/4 ×4" rectangle to left-hand edge (Diagram 5).

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4) Referring to Diagram 6, add red print rectangles to Step 3 unit in clockwise manner to make a block. Press seams toward red print rectangles. The block should be 5-1/2" square including seam allowances.

Summertime Place Mats

5) Referring to Diagram 7, sew together Flying Geese units and block in a row. The row should be 5-1/2 ×11-1/2" including seam allowances.

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6) Referring to Diagram 8, sew green print 1-1/4 ×5-1/2" border rectangles to short edges of row. Join green print 1-1/4 ×13" border rectangles to remaining edges to make place mat side unit. The side unit should be 7×13" including seam allowances.

Summertime Place Mats

7) Sew together place mat side unit and yellow print 13×14" rectangle (Place Mat Assembly Diagram) to complete place mat top. The place mat top should be 13×20-1/2" including seam allowance.

Summertime Place Mats

Finish Place Mat

1) Layer place mat top with batting and yellow print 13×20-1/2" rectangle; baste. Quilt as desired.

2) Bind with brown floral binding strips.