Granny Windermere’s Placemats

Granny Windermere’s Placemats Tutorial by Terri Ann of ChildlikeFascination.com for Moda Bake Shop

I’m excited to bring you my second Moda Bake Shop tutorial today! These placemants are a great way to spruce up your table setting and this simple design could be used for holiday fabric or an everyday print like the lovely Windermere by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda. I’m neither one for floral nor am I usually one for mini charm packs but the scale of this print is perfect for a sashed granny squares design I’m calling, Granny Windermere’s Placemats.

These placemats finish at 18” x 14” and the ingredients listed will yield 4 placemats!

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2 Mini Charm Packs (I used Windermere)

2 ¾ yards for background, backing and binding (I used the Cobblestone brown ditzy flower print from the Windermere line)

½ yard Sashing (I used Bella Solid Tan)

* Will yield 4 placemats

Winderemere Fabric

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Step 1.

From your solid sashing cut 3 strips 1” x WOF

Cut sashing strips

Step 2.

From those 3 strips sub cut

  • 18 @ 1” x 2 ½”
  • 2 @ 1” x 3 ½”
  • 2 @ 1” x 8 ½”
  • 2 @ 1” x 13 ½”

Subcut sashing strips

Step 3.

From your background fabric cut:

  • 1 @ 3 ½” x WOF
  • 1 @ 2 ¼” x WOF
  • 1 @ 4 ¼” x WOF

Cut background strips

Step 4.

Sub-cut the 3 ½” strip into 6 @ 3 ½” squares and cut them in half diagonally to yield 12 triangles.
Sub-cut other strips into 2 @ 18 ½” x 2 ¼” and 2 @ 11 ¼” x 4 ¼”

Subcut background pieces

Step 5.

Selecting the mini charms and an arrangement for your placemats, use your digital camera or phone to snap a photo of your final layout!

Take a photo with your digital camera or smart phone to remember layout order!

Step 6

Sew the 1”x 2½” sashing to the mini charms as shown in the photo below. One of the end pieces will need a strip sewn to two (opposite) sides of the mini charm

Sew small sashing strips to the mini charms

Step 7.

Sew those diagonal rows together and press seams in alternating direction as indicated.

Press seams as directed

Step 8.

Sew the triangles to the ends of strip 1, 2, 4 & 5 as shown below. Line up the 90 degree corner

line up triangles as shows

Step 9.

Trim the excess on all rows

 

Step 10.

Sew the remaining sashing in place by matching the centers then gently smoothing sashing out.There may be some overhang on the edges but its most important that you centers line up as shown (you’ll be trimming the edges off later)

Stitch sashing to edges

Step 11.

When it comes to sewing the rows together, if your seams were press as shows in step 7 you can nest the seams past the sashing to line them up. Match your seams then smooth out the sides

Match seams based on sashing rows and nested seams

Step 12.

Trim excess overhang on corners (top left and bottom right as shown)

Trim any excess on the corner edges

Step 13.

Match centers again and sew triangle to corners

Sew corners on

Step 14.

Trim sashed granny square leaving ¼” from the middle of the sashing (where the corners meet as shown below)

Trim 1/4" away from the center of the sashing edge

Step 15.

Sew 11 ¼” x 4 ¼” background to the sides

Sew background strips to sides

Step 16.

Sew 18 ½” x 2 ¼” background to the top and bottom

Sew background strips to the top and bottom

And now the top to your placemat is complete!

Completed Granny Square Placemat top

Finishing

Baste, quilt and bind as you see fit!

Granny Windermere’s Placemats Tutorial by Terri Ann of ChildlikeFascination.com for Moda Bake Shop

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This tutorial will yield 4 placemats at 14″ x 18″ each.  I love having this placemat on the antique hutch I inherited this past year, it’s a perfect way to brighten up the space and protect the finish.

I even put together a sample of this placemat with the sashing and background reversed and a version of a bleached-out background. I’ll be posting more about the bleach process I used on my blog next week!

Alternate looks for this pattern:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I cannot wait to see what beautiful placemats you create with these designs, be sure to tag me on Instagram @terriann and share it in the Moda Bake Shop Flickr group!

Terri Ann
Childlike Fascination

 

Terri Ann Swallow

I'm Terri Ann, a 30-something New England born and raised, cowboy boot wearing, website making, WordPress loving, picture taking contemporary quilter with obsessive crafting disorder. I make websites by day and quilts by night!
I'm the founder of QuiltAlong.net and Mini Barn Quilts.

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4 comments on “Granny Windermere’s Placemats

  1. […] now a 2 time Moda Bake Shop baker! Today my latest Moda Bake Shop post, Granny Windermere’s Placemats went up on their site, you can check out the full post over at the Moda Bake […]

  2. Lovely! Great tutorial, too. Lots of possibilities beyond placemats!

  3. Lisa Calle says:

    These are lovely! Thanks for sharing alternate versions. I love seeing how fabric selection can change to whole look of a project.

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