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Tilda Bumblebee Placemats - Step by Step Guide

Following on from our previous tutorial, we're delighted to now share with you the gorgeous matching placemats tutorial for the Tilda bumblebee Table runner courtesy of Michelle, from the blog Creative Blond.

What you will need:

Tilda bumblebee Fat quarter bundle  - this will be enough for the table runner and  6 placemats

For this particular placemat, you will need to cut the below pieces:

Garden Bees Ginger 15inch x 12inch

Garden Bees Ginger 12.5inch x 3.3inch

Flower Nest Teal 21inch x 2inch (2 of these)

Flower Nest Teal 18inch x 2inch (2 of these)

Cherry Blossom Blue 2 petals (use graph paper to create your own petal template)

• Cherry Blossom Pink 3 petals

• Enough fabric to create 1inch EPP Hexagons : 2 from each of the following fabrics:

Flower Nest Pink, Rosa Mollis Teal and Rosa Mollis Linen

Each placemat will also require the following pieces of Kona Cotton Snow:

• 12.5inch x 5inch

• 12.5inch x 8.5inch

* Wadding measuring 16inch x 13inch for each placemat

Light fusible interfacing - small amount for the petals

* 505 basting spray

* Sewing machine, cutting mat, rotary cutter, pins, needles, quality threadsglue pen, scissors, erasable marker pen

(Wash, dry and press all fabric before cutting).

Begin by sewing the narrowest Kona Snow panel to the narrow Garden Bees Ginger (orange) panel - long sides sewn together.

Next sew the other white panel onto the other side of the orange panel, pressing your seams open. This creates the top of your placemat.

Using the 505 adhesive basting spray, create your quilt sandwich, with this piece on top, then the wadding, and finally the large orange piece as the backing fabric.

Make up your 6 EPP hexies and sew them together in a long strip, these can now be temporarily basted in place on the quilt (on the smaller Kona Snow Panel on the left hand side - don't worry about the petals in the below picture, that step comes after!).

Sew through all the layers of your quilted placemat, going all the way around the outer edge of the 6 hexies. After that, sew down each edge of the orange panel, this will make sure the wadding stays in place – see below:

Now it's time to create your petals. Use graph paper to get them symmetrical (mine are about 1.5inch in length and 1inch diameter). Fuse your interfacing to the reverse of the fabric and then cut petals to correct size and shape. Baste them in place on your placemat on the larger Kona Snow panel.

Using a blanket stitch, sew around each petal.

Here's the view of the reverse side:

Next you need to mark out your stem design for beneath the petals - use a removable marker. Once you are happy with your design, drop your feed dog and attached your quilting foot.

Free motion quilt this design onto the placemat. I chose a white thread, to give it a delicate feel.

Once completed, remove any pen marks.

Attach the binding:

Sew the long  strips of Flower Nest Teal fabric, right sides together on the reverse of the placemat, making sure each strip is evenly placed, with equal overlap at each end.

Press and turn placemat over, to make life easier I then press my raw edge over (see below image).

Then using a whip stitch, sew your binding in place using a white top thread cotton.


The reverse…


To make more of these placemats using your Tilda Bumblebee fat quarters, simply swap out the orange backing fabric and the orange panel and replace with another fat quarter.

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