Serendipity Liberty PlacematsAugust 29, 2016
Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It’s Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. I was so excited to receive the GO! Qube Specialty Set – Serendipity by Edyta Sitar! She is such a dynamic designer who makes the loveliest quilts. Using this set of geometric and applique dies, you can make several blocks and quilts of her design. This specialty set even includes embroidery files in a variety of formats. Best of all, you can also use the dies to create your own designs!
Here is a quick project – a pair of placemats – that uses some of the applique shapes in this set as well as the GO! Qube Mix and Match 8″ Block.
I focused on the Star applique shape initially. So, what better theme to use than Red, White and Blue?! In these placemats, I used an assortment, mostly scraps from my stash, of red, white and blue fabrics.
Fabric Yardage and Cutting Directions using the GO! Qube 8” Mix and Match Quilt Block and the GO! Qube Specialty Set – Serendipity.
* Cutting the Large Leaf shape: Two of the shapes are mirror-imaged so place the fused fabric on the die fabric side down.
Sew the center block together first. In these placemats, the center block is an Ohio Star consisting of Shape 1 squares and Quarter Square Patches made with Shape 4 triangles.
So, layout and sew 2 each of the Blue and White Shape 4 triangles to make a Quarter Square Patch. You will need 4 of these for the center block.
Note that I used a directional blue print and kept the directionality consistent in the finished blocks. To do this, simply layout each block as you would like it to appear before sewing the shapes together.
There’s always a little question about pressing at this point. In general, I start out by pressing towards the dark. With the next batch of seams, I start pressing seams in the direction that makes sense. Sometimes seams lean towards one direction and you know that’s the way it needs to be pressed.
In the case of a 4-way seam as you would find in the center of a 4-patch or in the center of our Quarter Square patch, then I would generally “twirl” that center to avoid the lump in the center. This means opening up the center seam. Here’s how to do this:
Lay out the Shape 1 squares (4 white and 1 Red) and the 4 Quarter Square Patches to make the Ohio Star block. Sew the patches within each row together and then, sew the rows together to make a center block that measures 12 1/2″ square.
Next, sew the checkerboard sides for the Star placemat. Take 6 white and 6 red Shape 2 squares and sew together into the checkerboard. Make two of these.
Fuse the star applique shapes on the white squares. Note that the star applique shapes measure 2″ and so, it just barely fits the white Shape 2 square on the checkerboard side. Make sure to leave a 1/4″ seam allowance along the raw edges. Do the same to the other checkerboard side.
Use 6 white print and 6 solid white Shape 2 squares to create a checkerboard side for the Flower placemat. Make 2 checkerboard sides.
Place the flower/leaf applique shapes on each checkerboard side as shown, making sure to leave 1/4″ seam allowance along the raw edges.
Stitch the applique shapes down as you wish.
Then, sew the checkerboard sides onto both sides of the center block.
Now, cut two 12 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles from the backing fabric. Sew these together to make a backing rectangle that measures 12 1/2″ x 20 1/2″. Unstitch 4″-6″ sections in the center of the seam. Backstitch the start and end of this unstitched section. You can use this opening to turn the placemat inside out.
Layer the batting (approximately 14″ x 22″), placemat top right side up and the backing right side down. Pin along the raw edges. Then, sew a 1/4″ seam along the raw edges all the way around the quilt sandwich.
Trim the batting and clip the corners of this quilt sandwich. Then, through the unstitched section on the backing fabric, turn the placemat inside out. Be sure to push those corners out!
Press the front, back, and side seams of the placemat. Hand-stitch the opening in the back closed. Stitch about 1/8″ – 1/4″ away from the side seams to create a mock binding. Then, machine quilt as desired. I did simple ditch quilting on these placemats. You can also do some echo quilting, especially around the applique shapes for the Flower placemat.
I love the way these placemats turned out and there are just so many ways to make these your own. Make an identical pair and they could double as a table runner when placed side by side! Use the heart applique shape instead of the star or the flower. Add the little circle appliques as accents. Make the placemats in colors that you love! Also, change it up – instead of the Ohio Star, feature a block that you love!
So many options! I hope you enjoy making these placemats as much as I have.