Thrive Placemats

I am not a morning person. Anything that gives me a little added motivation first thing in the morning is welcome! I saw the panels included in Thrive, the new line from Natalia and Kathleen of Piece N Quilt, and thought they would make for some nice inspirational placemats to wake up to!

A fat quarter bundle provides all you need for this project, including the panel print.

One Fat Quarter Bundle {Thrive by Piece N Quilt}


24 fat quarters and one panel print are needed for this project. The fat quarters required are divided as follows:

Placemat top: 1 panel and 12 fat quarters (6 light and 6 dark)

Binding: 6 fat quarters

Backing: 6 fat quarters


Choose 12 fat quarters for the placemat tops. Make sure you choose six light and six dark prints. The prints in Thrive have very distinct light and darks, making for excellent contrast in this project.

From each fat quarter you are using for the placemat top, cut 16 squares, each measuring 3 3/4″. You will need 32 squares (16 light and 16 dark) for each placemat. I also cut a few squares from some of the leftover binding fabric to add a bit of variety, though this is not necessary.

Trim the large squares in the panel to 10 1/2″. Each placemat will use one panel.

Cut binding strips from six fat quarters. I cut four strips (2 1/4″ by 22″)–enough for one placemat–from each fat quarter. Set aside.



Pair each light square with a dark square, varying the patterns. Place the squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Stich 1/4″ away from both sides of the line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press open to make two half-square triangles.

I like to trim half square triangles so you are working with nice clean edges. Trim each half-square triangle to 3″.

Using the following diagram, lay out the half-square triangles around the panel square. Sew together.



Using one fat quarter for the backing and scrap batting, make a quilt sandwich for each placemat. There are so many fun possibilities for quilting a small project like this! You could quilt each placemat using a different free-motion design. You could even use the designs of the Thrive prints as inspiration for your quilting designs. I chose to keep it simple and quilted my placemats using a crosshatch design.

Once your placemats are quilted, attach the binding.

The finished project gives you six placemats, each measuring 15″ by 20″, ready for your table! Enjoy brightening your table with these inspirational placemats!

Christine Weld
{The Quarter Inch}


30 comments on “Thrive Placemats

  1. dtavareslv says:

    Beautiful! Where can I get the panels u have used here? Thnk u!

    • Judy says:

      Thrive fabric available October 2017

    • Christine Weld says:

      The panels are included with the fat quarter bundle, and will also be available as yardage. There are even labels included with the panel!

      • Doreen says:

        Thank u, Christine. How will folks be notified when & where they are available?

        • Christine Weld says:

          A lot of shops (especially the bigger online ones) offer the option to sign up to be notified when a fabric is available. I do that sometimes when I want a reminder about a specific fabric! You can also watch social media feeds (both Moda and Natalia Bonner)–they’ll certainly let you know!

    • Brett says:

      The panel is included in the fat quarter bundle, which you can reserve now at

  2. Sharon Eisen says:

    I like them. Where to get the fabric???????

  3. Rosemarie Forgione says:

    Love this and thank you for the tutorial but where can I get the same fabric and I love that panel to.

    • Christine Weld says:

      Thank you! The fabric will be available next month. It is the first line from these ladies–they did a lovely job, didn’t they?

  4. I love these along with the others. How do you get the words on the square and where can I get the designs for The Thrive inspriational prints? Thank you so much.

    • Christine Weld says:

      The words come as a panel print, with six different sayings together on one panel along with four quilt labels. The panel is included with the fat quarter bundle. You can also buy it separately as yardage. The entire line will be available next month. Happy sewing!

  5. Karen Seitz says:

    Great project and use for the panels!

  6. Beautiful placemats! What a great use of the panels, Christine! 🙂

  7. Bobbie Foster says:

    Would the fat quarters in this fabric be available at any place Moda Fabric is sold?

    • Christine Weld says:

      Yes, you should be able to find this fabric at your favorite Moda retailer next month. Happy sewing!

  8. Rosemaryflower says:

    Hi Christine! These placemats are wonderful and they do look easy to make!
    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring design for these fabrics!

  9. What a wonderful way to use the panel. I want to make some. Thanks!

  10. ANN M. says:

    Very inspring and, very quick and easy. I love the idea to mix panels and piecing. Thank-you.

  11. kaholly says:

    Lovely fabrics showcased by your delightful project!

  12. Maggie says:

    When word gets out that the fabric for the panel is available to buy, you will be bombarded. Has Moda considered taking pre-paid orders? Guess this is an SOS!

  13. Brett says:

    Reserved the “Thrive” fat quarter bundle. Can’t wait to get it!

  14. kairleoaks says:

    Love these, Christine. What a fun idea!

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