TGIFF – Retreat Placemats

Welcome to TGIFF – Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday! This is an international group so the party begins Thursday at 6 pm EDT and ends at Midnight Saturday, so you have plenty of time to link up a finish. If you want to know more about this, you can read all about TGIFF here. The link-up for this week is near the bottom of this post.

The Placematties Project

The Placematties are a product designed by Quiltsmart. Quiltsmart has been around a long time. This project is similar to others in that you are given an interfacing to make your placemats. Easy peasy!

Constructing the placemats

These placemats were fun to make. I bought some new fabric when I was on retreat and dove in. The fabric is from the Northcott’s Whale Song line (DP24983-46 & DP24988-42)and a Moda Grunge Surf.

The first thing you do is attach the interfacing to the background (which is also layered with fusible batting and the backing fabric) and the inner piece and sew all around on the curvy sewing line. Both have a slit, which you use in the next step.

Next you cut on the other line and turn the pieces inside out through the slits that were made.

I pressed both of these. The one with the magical sea creatures has the fusible side out SO it required pressing the edges on a teflon mat to get them ready to be attached to the background.

I then layered them. You cover the slit with the top piece and then fuse that to the backing and then sew around the edges of both pieces.

I used a fun Aurifil # 3770, Stone Washed Denim, that was slightly variegated. The foot I used was clear, and I moved the needle all the way to the right and used that red line on the right as the guide for keeping on the curves. In addition to the top sewing that was recommended, I also choose to sew around a few of the images in the center of the placemat.

Once you understand the construction, the placemats are very quick to make. There is no hard sewing, just gentle curves. I definitely recommend this technique and may even come up with my own rectangle version!

Join the Linky Party

Now it’s your turn to post, and the rules are simple – write up a tip or group of tips or a tutorial that is quilting or sewing-related and link that post below. Post your finishes for the week! This party is open from Thursday 6 pm ET to Saturday at 11:55 pm. 

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Looks great with the sea glass colored tiles!

Coming Up on My Blog

Retreat Placemats & TGIFF 2/23/23
SAHRR Round #5
Winter Twist
SAHRR Round #6
Dust Off a Book Blog Hop 3/8/23
Diatom Row 2 (4/13)

Linking Up

Finished or Not Friday
Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup

Fabric Stash 

There is some leftover from the project, but I am calling this 2.5 yards out! and a .5 for a binding for a benefit quilt!
Fabric out this month: 3 Fabric out this year: 15
Fabric in this month: 0 Fabric in this year: 16.75
NET Fabric: 1.25

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  1. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    February 23, 2023 / 7:37 PM

    Definitely the cutest placemats every, Kathleen!!! Btw, where are the sea glass tiles mentioned in the last photo? I want to see a close-up!

    • February 23, 2023 / 8:04 PM

      The sea glass tiles are on the back wall above the oven – sea glass only in color not actually tiled with sea glass. I wish!

  2. February 23, 2023 / 7:59 PM

    I have used this technique for applique but never considered it for placemats! Very clever! What a fun project! 🙂

  3. February 24, 2023 / 8:00 AM

    Those are wonderful placemats, and how fun to have a way to do curvy lines without a lot of fuss.

  4. Vicki in MN
    February 24, 2023 / 8:36 AM

    A very interesting way to make placemats. I noticed the sea glass backsplash before I even read!

  5. February 24, 2023 / 10:30 AM

    Thanks for hosting TGIFF this week. The placemats look fantastic and like they are fun to put together.

  6. February 24, 2023 / 2:30 PM

    What a fun placement. The curves caught my attention. I also love that the open slit(s) are hidden via the layering. Ingenious project and you did it proud.

  7. February 25, 2023 / 9:23 AM

    That’s a clever way to make placemats! They do coordinate with the sea tiles! So pretty!

  8. February 25, 2023 / 9:32 AM

    What a fun make! And so easy to create a combo of prints. Thanks for the link up!

  9. Cocoa Quilts
    February 25, 2023 / 9:50 AM

    Nice placements and so quick!

  10. February 25, 2023 / 11:39 AM

    Those placemats are great, Kathleen! They go very well with your colored tiles in the background!

  11. February 25, 2023 / 4:42 PM

    Those are very cute placemats.

  12. February 25, 2023 / 5:59 PM

    Gorgeous placemats, Kathleen! SEW pretty with your backsplash!

  13. February 27, 2023 / 9:54 AM

    I like the curves – Ive never heard that name before – its kinda cute!

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