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Easy Quilt As You Go Placemats

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It’s been a few months since I’ve talked about Quilt As You Go.

Quilt As You Go is a perfect blend of technique, product, and simplification. And, it also uses foam interfacing. Could it get any better?

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.

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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.*

For the project you’ll need the following:

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.

The quilt as you go technique (QAYG) simplifies quilting for beginners because it is an easy way to join quilted pieces by machine. Instead of handling bulky quilts, you will learn to quilt your project as you piece it. Quilt-as-you-go is ideal for machine appliquéd projects and this tutorial walks you through this easy quilting method. Try it out on a simple mug rug project and you’ll be hooked.

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.

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