I'm lucky enough to be taking part in SewCalGal's Spring Themed Blog Hop! Follow the link to find the other blogs participating! Yey! and I am so happy to offer you this place-mat tutorial. I used 30's reproduction prints for my baskets and a white fabric for the background. So nice and spring-like! But, I also think these place-mats would look amazing in country fabrics or in bright fabrics on a black background. I also thought that the baskets were very appropriate since Easter is coming up and these would look just amazing on the table Easter morning.
Accuquilt Go! Bountiful Baskets die by Alex Anderson. This is such a great die for cutting this cut little basket block. Because this block is copyrighted I can't give you the cutting directions here but don't worry!! Alex Anderson gives a video tutorial on constructing this block that you can access here. And, you can access the cutting instructions here if you don't have this amazing die! If you want another Basket tutorial you can click on my Wednesday Blog Hop buddy Bits and Pieces because she did the baskets die as well. Who would have thunk it LOL!
To compare and contrast the die cuts versus cutting by hand I cut one basket block completely according to Alex's directions and video and the rest with the Go! I can honestly say that not only is cutting easier on the Go! but it is less wasteful! I get that question all of the time - is the Go! wasteful? Nope not at all for this block! Alex's rotary cutting directions on the video ask you to start with 2 squares 5" x 7" and doing this wastes a lot of your feature fabric. With the Go! Bountiful Baskets die you can just cut your squares and lay them on with very little waste. I put the picture up of the cuts so that you could see how tight they are - yey!! I don't like wasting fabric. And with the price of fabric - here in Canada we pay about $16.00 a meter - less wasted fabric is great! And, having those dog ears cut off makes the piecing sooo easy!
Ok - so now that you have all made your postage stamp baskets (you will need 4 for each place-mat) you will also need 2 squares 5" x 5" - if you have the 5" square die you can use that and cut two for each place-mat. You will also need one rectangle 8.5" x 14.5" for each place-mat. Using the picture at the top lay out your place-mats and sew them together using a 1/4" seam.
Layer your place-mats with batting and backing and quilt as desired. Because I used some nice vintage fabrics I machine quilted them with a feather motif. If you don't want to bind your place-mats you can also do the inside out method. If you would like a tutorial on the inside out method I give one here. I chose to bind my place-mats to give them a more vintage look and because I had that nice print that I love! If you do choose to bind your place-mats you will need 2 strips, for each place-mat, 2' by the width of fabric. Need a binding tutorial? You can find one right here.
back in this post. I have already put Steam a Seam fusible webbing on the backs so all you need to do is peel, stick and stitch! Sweet!
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