Paint Chip Placemats









For each placemat you will need:
1/2 yard Ombre Solid by V and Co. for Moda Fabrics
6"" x 42" of Moda Bella solid white
1 fat quarter coordinating print



Embroidery floss and supplies

 
Press your 1/2 yard ombre fabric and lay out on your cutting mat horizontally.


Trim the selvedge from the darkest end and cut a strip 4 3/4" wide.
(Your piece will be 4 3/4" x 18")


Next find the lightest part of the fabric. It should be right on the fold. With the lightest color of fabric in the middle, cut another strip 4 3/4" wide.


Using the fabric between the two strips you just cut, find the area of fabric with the biggest color difference. I eyeballed this and then cut two 4 3/4" strips- one from each area.
(There was anywhere from 1 1/4" to 1 3/4" between each each strip)


Trim each strip to 14" in length then lay out your 4 strips in order from darkest to lightest. 


From the white fabric cut (2) 2 1/2" x WOF strips and (1) 1" x WOF strip.
Set aside the 2 1/2" strips for Binding. Cut the 1" strip into (3)  1" x 14" strips



Begin sewing a 1" white strip to the right side of 3 color sections as shown above. Use a 1/4" seam. Press towards the Ombre fabric.
Making sure the colors stay in order, continue sewing sections until all are together.


After the placemat top is together you can add "color names" if you want. I designated a placemat for each member of my family and then chose color names that fit that person. My daughter has the pink placemat so I used color names such as "Lip Smacker" and "Pinkalicious" to personalize it for her. Use your creativity or find color names online from a paint store.

Write the names in the bottom left of each section using a Frixion pen (the kind that disappear when ironed). Layer with a 80/20 batting and embroider using a backstich and thread of your choice.
(I used white thread and the color names are hard to read in the lighter colors)

 

Finish the placemat by sandwiching the placemat top, 80/20 batting, and coordinating fat quarter for the back. Baste or pin then quilt. I used not-so-straight line quilting in each section.


Bind using the 2 1/2" strips cut earlier from the white fabric.

And you're done!  :o)

Now you can go back and make one from each color!!!


1 gorgeous Paint Chip Placemat!


Thanks for joining me!  Don't forget to come visit me on my blog: Crazy Old Ladies Quilts.
 
Credit for inspiration of this fabulous project goes to Avril Loreti. Visit her Etsy shop to see her other amazing creations.

Emily Herrick
{crazyoldladiesquilts.blogspot.com}

40 comments:

Heidi Staples said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I love these place mats!!

Leeanne said...

Very modern & fresh.

cambric cotton said...

These are amazing, my daughters would love to have these.

Maria Wallin said...

Such a lovely idea! Love it!

Suzanne said...

Those look very jazzy on your table.

My Garden of Loves said...

wow!! this is so modern and pretty!
i love it!

Hema Elumalai said...

Love the simplicity of this project.
Great idea!

Cindy said...

Must make these to go with my Fiesta Ware!

Melissa Corry said...

So fun Emily!! I love them!!

Debbie said...

very fun idea!

Kimberly said...

These are awesome!

♥Duff said...

What an amazing project, Emily! Such a ingenious way to use this line--to see it all at once is fabulous. Oh, and I love the idea of names like OPI might use. fun!

Just Julie said...

Love! Such a cute idea.

Unknown said...

Interesting idea!
Mine will be BLUE and my husbands' will be GREEN!
;-))

V and Co. said...

freaking love it em!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

LOVE these! Fantastic idea!

Angela {fussycut} said...

These are awesome!!

Deb Cline said...

This is such a great idea! So simple but so pretty.

traceyjay said...

these ARE awesome! what a fun idea! :)

amy smart said...

Love them Emily! You are a genius, as always. :)

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

You are so creative, I want to know what names you used for all the colors!

Michelle said...

Those are so clever!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

These are awesome!! Love it.
Amanda

Helen L said...

love those!! what a great idea, and I love the extra touch of the color names embroidered on the "chips"!

Candice Lyons said...

Where can I get this fabric in the UK? Please if you know e-mail me at swanage52@gmail.com. Thank you.

The Reader said...

these are adorable, but I am very disappointed to see that Moda is sponsoring a tutorial that is basically a copy of a very readily available Etsy-shop product. I wonder if this tutorial doesn't violate that designer's copyright???

http://www.etsy.com/shop/avrilloreti?section_id=7965910

Sporinsky Family said...

Who said this tutorial even was inspired by that listing? There are thousands of shops on etsy. I certainly don't search every single shop before I design something. And because I am creative and can make many things, I certainly don't buy products I myself can make.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is one of my very favorites in a long time!

Jesser said...

Those are awesome!! I just love the way they turned out. I did a paper-version of this a while back and laminated them. I really love the idea of a cloth version though - too bad I'm a rotten seamstress. ;)

http://jesser.org/?p=2349

The Reader said...

@Sporinsky Family, you are right, I have no idea if this particular designer saw the paint chip placemats on Etsy and then designed hers after. BUT, I think Moda has a responsibility to do a simple search before posting things to make sure that the designers are using original designs, since they do declare copyright belongs to each designer, etc. In this case, such a search would lead to that Etsy shop, and perhaps Moda could have chosen something different, offered the Etsy shop owner the chance to be the designer-of-record for this, got her permission to post this tutorial, something.

Obviously a fine line, since so many patterns are "public domain" type things - how to lay out a drunkard's path, various Kindle/IPad covers, etc. will all seem similar. But this, i do think, is just a bit over the line.

I am not a copyright lawyer though so I could easily be wrong. Just seems iffy to me, and I would think Moda would want to be careful of such things.

zebra1182 said...

The concept is very similar to the Etsy shop, but the execution is completely different. It doesn't appear that the Etsy placements are quilted at all, but more just colors printed onto white fabric. The paint chip names are quite different as well. As someone earlier said...who invented the iPad/Kindle case? They are really all just variations on the same idea. Paint chip decorating has been quite popular lately.

Leila said...

Brilliant!!!

smileynann said...

Emily - SUCH a great job! I don't know that I would be patient enough for the embroidery, but they would still be cute with just the fabric. This fabric was BEGGING for paint chips!!

The Reader said...

Emily - thank you very much for adding in the etsy link/credit for inspiration. My apologies, as well, as I've since learned that designing something based on someone else's work is NOT in fact a copyright issue; I apologize for causing any fuss.

I still do absolutely adore your take on this concept!

Amy DeCesare said...

These are so cute and fun! I love the set, all together. The best part is "naming" the colors. I always thought that would be the best job in the world!

Quiltjane said...

Brilliant. I love them

TrinaOtt said...

Where can I buy this fabric? I seem to only be able to find it in little strips? Thanks!

christinebolin said...

These are so cool!

M-R said...

This is fantastic! I have some of that fabric and was looking for a great project for it. I think I found it! Thanks!

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