***Curve Master Giveaway here***
I purchased the “Take Four” Fat Quarter Friendly Placemat Set Pattern by Cary Flanagan from I Have a Notion during their Anniversary Giveaway. I really hoped to win the pattern because I knew it was just right for my friend, Kathy.
She picked the fabric, which was, naturally, cherries. She really likes cherries.
I worked on this project for the Friday Night Sew-in this month.
It is important, even if you are not usually a pre-washer, that you do pre-wash on this type of project. If you do not, your final product will be puckered, which is fine for a quilt, I guess, but probably not for placemats.
At first I was confused by the pattern, but once I read carefully, it became clear. You do have to pay attention because there are five variations offered (makes the pattern a good bargain). But overall it is stack, cut and rotate. I could do that.
If I had done the placemats “pillowcase” style (just turn inside out and top stitch), I would have easily finished in an evening. But, I wanted them with a quilt binding.
I did not, however, want the thickness of a quilt, so I used a medium weight interfacing in lieu of batting. There is plenty of body with no bulk.
There is a little straight line “quilting” to hold things together and add some detail.
I am pleased with the results and would recommend the pattern to anyone wanting a relatively quick and fun result. I can see myself using this technique on a quilt someday, too.