Friday, July 27, 2018

Pinwheel Placemats

Welcome to my day of the Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.

My project is this set of Christmas pinwheel placemats.


Pinwheel Placemats by QuiltFabrication

After purchasing this charm pack of glittery holiday fabrics, 


holiday charm pack

I paired it with this fun holiday fabric I found at JoAnn's.


holiday fabric from JoAnns

Being careful to stitch the HST's so that the print all "read" in the same direction,


careful placement of fabric so that it reads correctly

the pinwheels were finished up, and pressed with spinning seams.


spinning seams on pinwheels

Adding strips first to the right, then the top and bottom of the pinwheels increased the unit's size to 11" tall. With the addition of a background piece on the left, the placemats now finish approximately 14 1/2" x 11".


holiday Pinwheel Placemats
Aren't those super fun? I am so looking forward to using them later this year!

As for the quilting, I kept it simple. The background is quite busy, so no need to go overboard. Simple stippling does the trick, as does just one curving line to give motion to the pinwheel.


pinwheel placemat quilting

The backside is just as nice. There wasn't enough backing for all four, but with the addition of a red strip, that fun holiday print is all gone!


pinwheel placemat backside

And check out that neatly machine stitched binding - love it!


machine stitched binding

If you're just finding the Christmas in July Blog Hop, then enjoy all of the other projects these fine quilters have created.


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Happy Quilting!



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40 comments:

  1. So festive, I love these a lot.

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  2. Your placemats are perfect for the holiday table, great job!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I'm looking forward to using them!

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  3. Love your pinwheels! I enjoyed your tree in the earlier post too...

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  4. Your placemats turned out lovely. So festive and perfect for the holidays!

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  5. Lovely for the upcoming holiday season! Also way to stretch the fabric to get 4 placemats made.

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    1. Thanks Linda! Definitely a great way to use up a yard of fabric!

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  6. Great looking table mats, they will be fun to use for decor this year.

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    1. Thanks! Definitely a great new addition to the table decor this year. I'm tired of the older ones!

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  7. You are right, there is no need to over-quilt! The one stripe to make the pinwheel appear as if turning is just perfect! I am using this idea for a pinwheel quilt made with very busy fabrics!

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    1. Thank you, and I'm glad to hear you found a quilting design for your quilt. Send a picture when you're done!

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  8. Oh my goodness, Susan, these placemats are so beautiful and definitely bring out the Christmas spirit in me. I love the pinwheels, fabrics, and of course, your quilting is amazing! You always inspire me with your positive encouragement, beautiful projects, and creative designs. Thank you so much for being a part of the hop and making me feel all Christmasy this morning! :O)

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    1. You are very welcome! The red and green, paired with the fun print really do make for a great Christmas mood!
      And thanks for organizing another fantastic hop!

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  9. Your placemats are beautiful, so festive and look perfect on your table

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  10. Oh, Susan, I love your placemats and would so enjoy a meal served on them. The backs are just as cute - reversible, I think.

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    1. Thanks! These will look awesome on any table - and yes, reversible too!

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  11. I've noted these beautiful placemats. A pattern I think I could manage, LOL. Thanks Susan!

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  12. Great placemats. Love the curve quilting in the blade of the pinwheel it really does give the sensation of motion. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. Thanks! I almost did the other sides of the triangles too, but stopped when I after this line - liked it too much!

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  13. your place mats are wonderful. they are going to be so much fun to use. your binding is great. thanks for sharing today.
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    1. Thanks Lori! These just sing with Christmas cheer!

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  14. Wonderful project to put together. Would make nice gifts, too!

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    1. Thanks Barb! Yes, great gifts, and suitable for just about any holiday too.

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  15. I love your placemats. They certainly made your table festive!

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  16. Hi Susan! I love your holiday placemats and they really make your table look festive. I always love pinwheels, and seeing them in sparkly fabrics in just the perfect choice. Happy Friday! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  17. Susan, Such sweet placemats. You have a real gift for choosing adorable fabric for your projects.

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  18. I really enjoyed seeing those placemats. They turned out great.

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  19. Now those are going to make for one joyous Christmas table!

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  20. Susan - the placemats are very festive for Christmas. The red and green pinwheels are just what is needed to complement the Christmas print. How clever to add the red strip down the back of the placemat to be able to utilize all the Christmas print and it adds a bit of festivity, too. You certainly added pizazz to the hop and I adore your project. Thanks for participating in the hop. Merry Christmas in July. Susan

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  21. Very nice. I like the curved quilting in the triangle. At first glance, I thought it was curved piecing. Well done.

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  22. I love everything about these placements from the fabric you chose to the simple and elegant quilting! What a festive table setting they will make this Christmas!

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  23. Those are lovely and make such a nice addition to the Christmas table.

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  24. What wonderful placemats. I haven't been to JoAnn's in a while. I should check out their Christmas fabrics. The one you found is definitely a winner and looks great in the placemats. Thank you for sharing this idea.

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  25. These are so cute and now you are all ready for the Christmas season!

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  26. These are so great! I love how fresh they look. They remind me of Christmas mints, all white with red and green swirls like the pinwheels. An the background fabric is super cute!

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  27. Very nice! Love the pinwheels, and aren't you clever to remember that the fabric is directional. I always forget.

    Merry Christmas!

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  28. Love them! I like how you quilted the curve in the pinwheel - almost makes it look like they are curved! thanks for sharing! xx

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