Self-Binding Placemats

This fabric has been stashed for a long time. I made napkins for people with them , and had a bunch leftover. Another pattern was in with the stash, but I just wanted to make placemats. I will show you how to do them and have an instructional sheet available so you can make them too! I hate binding placemats…66 inches of binding per placemat – YUUK! I love framing them and that is what this binding does. The prep is harder than the work….enough said. You can see it Friday at 4 on Facebook here or 4:30 on Instagram here.

This is my One Monthly Goal for May and one of my PhD projects – hooray. After these finish, I will post a catchup on where I am for my PhD (12 UFOs finished in 2020).

I thought I would include the entire schedule so you can catch up here or refer back at a later date.

May 5
12pm ET Cherry Guidry Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio
12:30pm ET Janellea Macbeth  Scrapstashtic Quilts 
1pm ET Jen Frost Faith and Fabric
2pm ET Teresa Weaver Your Sewing Friend
2:30pm ET Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad
3pm ET Becca Fenstermaker Pretty piney
4pm ET Michelle Renee Hiatt Sew on the go
4:30pm ET Margaret Willingham Eye of the Beholder Quilt
5pm ET Marlene Oddie Kissed Quilts
5:30pm ET Annie Unrein Patterns by Annie
6pm ET Leanne Parsons Devoted Quilter Designs
7pm ET Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter
7:30pm ET Reed Johnson Blue Bear-Quilts
8pm ET Tammy Silvers – Tamarinis

May 6
12pm ET Sue Pelland /suepellanddesigns
1pm ET Annette Ornelas /southwind.designs/
 2pm ET Kate Colleran /SeamsLikeaDreamQuilts/
3pm ET Melissa Marginet /melissa.marginet.quilter/
 4pm ET Jackie Kunkel /cantonvillagequiltworks/
5:30pm ET Melissa Merriman Harr /toadallyquilts/
6pm ET Laura Piland /sliceofpiquilts/
 7pm ET Terri Vanden Bosch /lizardcreekquilting/
7:30pm ET Swan Sheridan /swanamitystudios
 8pm ET Annie Smith /anniesmithqs

May 7
12pm ET Lynn Kane, /puppygirllynn
1pm ET Cristy Fincher/PurpleDaisiesQuilting/
2pm ET Debbie Wendt /Wendt-Quilting-280123925340667/
3pm ET Shelley Cavanna – /CorasQuilts/
4pm ET Monique Kleinhans – /ladybugscabin/
5pm ET Heidi Pridemore – /heidipridemorewhimsicalworkshop
6pm ET Jerry Stube – /TheQuiltersQuarters/
7pm ET Simone Fisher- /SimoneQuilts
8pm ET Nicole Moore – /SewMuchMooreInStore/

12pm ET Becky Campbell/sewforeverquiltingbybeckycampbell/
1pm ET Tina Dillard – /quiltingaffectiondesigns 

 2pm ET Beth Helfter – EvaPaigeQuiltDesigns
 3pm ET Sherri Noel – /rebeccamaedesigns/
4pm ET Kathleen McCormick – /kathleenmcmusing
5pm ET On Williams Street – /onwilliamsstreet
6pm ET Andi Stanfield –/Anditruebluequilts
7pm ET Nancy Scott – /MasterpieceQ
8pm ET Lisa Ruble/LoveToColorMyWorld/

12pm ET Sherry Shish /poweredbyquilting
1pm ET Cristina De Miranda – /shipsandviolins
2pm ET Toni Smith –/Quiltoni/
3pm ET Hexadoodle Quilts – / /hexadoodlequilts
4pm ET Bobbie Gentili ~ /geekybobbin
5pm ET Ebony Love – /lovebugstudios
6pm ET Carolina Moore /alwaysexpectmoore/
7pm ET Kathryn LeBlanc  dragonflysquiltingdesignstudio
8pm ET Tammy Silvers -wrap up presentation  – /tamarinis/

Coming Up on the Blog:
2020 Monthly Color Block for May
ProStitcher Retreat
Cool to Be Square (5/18)
Tips & Tutorials (5/22)

Linking Up:
One Monthly Goal
What I Made Monday
Friday Foto Fun
Main Crush Monday
Show Me Something Blue
UFO Busting
Under My Foot

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  1. Nancy Bekedam
    May 7, 2020 / 4:53 PM

    See you there, Kathleen! Hopefully I remember–3 PM Central.

  2. May 7, 2020 / 5:47 PM

    Hi Kathleen! I thought I was going to make one or both of your tutorials but I suspect I’ll actually be missing them instead. Our littles are coming over so mom and dad can buy a new car. It’s tough but someone has to take the hit. I assume I can watch the tape! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      May 7, 2020 / 8:06 PM

      You can! I am going to practice soon so I get the showing things on the screen right. Have fun with the lovely littles!

  3. May 7, 2020 / 7:02 PM

    I’ll be watching for it, Kathleen!

  4. patty
    May 13, 2020 / 8:08 AM

    Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  5. May 13, 2020 / 8:55 AM

    Binding placemats can be a pain. The self binding sounds like a good solution!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 13, 2020 / 8:56 AM

      I love it! The problem is remembering to do it…setting up the placemat right but I think I finally have got it into my brain to do it this way.

  6. May 19, 2020 / 9:59 PM

    I agree, too much binding in place mats per surface area! I have a friend who worked with a lot of those fabrics, so they still feel very familiar. Thanks for sharing at the Chameleon’s Colour & Inspiration Party.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 20, 2020 / 1:15 PM

      Yes, it is way too much! I love being able to share with the everchanging Colorful One!

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