This month's Island Batik Challenge was to make placemats. We just received our first box of fabric and supplies for 2021. Thank you so much to all the sponsors: Island Batik, Schmetz Needles, Accuquilt, Hobbs Batting, and Aurifil.
I was thinking about placemats and how they are traditionally rectangular. I decided I wanted to make them a different shape and try to make then a little more modern. I wanted a leaf shaped design.
I started with some gorgeous Island Batik foundations fabric (fabric available all the time) called Baja which is gorgeous blues and greens. I then layered it with my favorite Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly batting and started quilting away.
I had just taken an online class from Julia Quiltoff on Doodle quilting and was practicing my skills.
I love the overall look of the piece once it was quilted. It was hard to cut into, but I really did want a leaf shape.
I decided that I wanted to add some feather appliques onto the placemats once they were quilted so I pulled out my Heather Feather Border die and my Accuquilt Go BIG. I found a beautiful dark navy to cut my feathers out of and cut a piece the size of this die.
But then I had all this scrap that still had fusible on it. I use Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite and I love to use it up as much as possible. So...
I strategically placed the larger pieces to get more feathers.
The smaller pieces were put on my circle die to get some circles to add in.
Next, I made the leaf shape and then started playing with the feathers to make a leaf "vein."
Then I cut out the leaf shape.
All done! They turned out just how I wanted. I watched a video tutorial on how to put binding around odd angles and it really helped these come out just perfect. I used a single layer bias binding to help me go around the curves easily. This was stitched on with the amazing Schmetz Microtex Chrome Needles. They work so well!
There are a lot of fun ways to lay these out. They could go in the middle of the table for a centerpiece or be used as individual placemats.
I hope you get to quilt today!