New Patchwork Placemats

7 08 2013

Around 35 years ago, my Mom and I helped my grandmother make simple patchwork placemats. We made enough for the entire family to use on holiday occasions. They looked so “country” and cheerful with Gaga’s plain white dishes. When she passed away, I brought 12 home for my table. Admittedly, they have seen better days, but I keep them and enjoy using them anyway. Do you recognize any of the fabrics from the 60s and 70s?


When the grandchildren visited this summer, they decided to make their own placemats. We used an old placemat as a guide. Each contains 35 squares that are cut 3″ x 3″ and arranged in a 7 x 5 grid.

Here is Krystine with her bright placemat. Don’t you love the fabrics she found in my container of 3″ squares?


Keith chose cowboy scraps and a forest animal print. The Nine Patch is surrounded by a red and white star fabric and backed and bound with American flag fabric.


Kaleb used some of the patchwork blocks he made on a previous visit. He made a few more blocks and added side borders. Last summer he made a quilt with these camouflage colors, and he still loves making projects with the scraps.


What a quick, fun, and useful project for the kids!




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