It’s been a few months since I’ve talked about Quilt As You Go. When Fat Quarter Shop approached me about a QAYG Sew Along, I knew you would want to know more.
This project is about as easy as it gets. If you’re ready to try Quilt-as-You-Go and foam interfacing PLUS a sew along then this project is perfect. Plan ahead and create placemats for your Easter table setting or think way out into the future and start working on your Christmas placemats.
For my project I used a fabric collection called Sketchbook since I’ve been looking for a project that would show off these fabrics. I added in a zigzag-y fabric which is part of the Happy Home collection by Sew Caroline.
To participate in the sew along, go to Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber, where you can order the Soft and Stable pre-cut foam interfacing which includes the pattern created by Patterns ByAnnie
For the project you’ll need the following:
- 1 four-pack of precut Soft and Stable (pattern included)
- 1.25 yards of a Dark Print
- .5 yards of a Medium Print
- .5 yards of a Light Print
That’s it. The pattern is included with the four placemat sized pre-cuts of Soft and Stable. Add fabric, stitch, and you’re done.
Watch the Fat Quarter Shop Video
Want to Change it Up a Bit
I made a couple of slight changes to the pattern. The pattern calls for you to add the backing after adding your strips to the Soft and Stable using the QAYG method. The pattern allows enough backing fabric for you to self bind each placemat.
Let me state this loud and clear: This is a faster and easier way to make the placemats. I, of course, chose a slightly different method. I quilted my back as I sewed the strips down and then cut 2.25″ strips to bind the placemats, similar to the method I used in this blog post. If you’re an experienced quilter, then you may want to try this. If you’ve never used foam interfacing or bound a quilt, then stick to the pattern. You’ll thank me for this suggestion.
If you like to plan ahead for holidays, then this project fits quite well. Think ahead and get some of that holiday sewing done early!
Like I said…a simple and fast project. Of course, Fat Quarter Shop has a video that demonstrates this quite well. Check it out.