Spring is such a lovely time of year – I’ve made this table mat so that you can bring a bit of spring into your house. The two blocks represent a daffodil and a tulip and I’ve used a bright and cheerful border to separate them.
6″ by 4″ rectangles: two yellow, two lilac, two blue
4″ squares: one yellow, one green, one lilac, one dark yellow, one purple
6″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles: two blue
4″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles: two blue
for the border: three rectangles 8.1/2″ by 1.1/2″, two rectangles 1.1/2″ by 19.1/2″
wadding and backing: one rectangle of each about 21″ by 11″.
Making the flower blocks
Cut the 6″ by 4″ rectangles along the diagonal to create triangles. You need to cut them along different diagonals as shown on the left. Sew the triangles together to make rectangles as shown on the right. You will have to discard the remaining yellow triangles – sorry, I couldn’t find a way of using them in the pattern! Do the same with the lilac rectangles and the remaining blue triangles.
Cut the 4″ squares along one diagonal – this time it doesn’t matter which one – and sew the triangles back together to create one yellow/green square, one yellow/dark yellow square, one lilac/green square and one lilac/purple square.
Lay the patchwork out to make the daffodil and tulip blocks. Note that the green triangles are on the bottom right and bottom left of the blocks so that the daffodil and tulip face away from each other.
Sew the yellow/dark yellow square to the blue rectangle above it and sew the yellow/green square to the yellow/blue rectangle beside it. The top three rectangles can now be sewn to each other to create one row. The two rows can now be sewn together to complete the flower blocks.
Lay the two blocks out with a border strip between them and one at each end. Sew these together in one row and then sew the longer border strips to the top and bottom. This completes the top of the spring flowers table mat.
Finishing the table mat
Lay down the wadding first, then the backing fabric with right side up, followed by the patchwork with right side down – so the two right sides are facing each other. Sew around three and a half sides of the edge to secure the three layers together. Leave a gap of several inches in one end of the table mat. Trim the excess wadding and backing and clip across the corners to reduce bulk. Turn the table mat right side out through the gap.
Slipstitch across the gap and then press the table mat. Working from the top of the table mat, sew all round the edge to hold the edges in place and then sew round each flower both to highlight the flowers and to make sure that the three layers don’t move against each other with time. As this is such a small project I was able to do this quilting using my ordinary sewing foot on the sewing machine.
I hope that you’ll enjoy bringing spring into your house. Here in Ludlow it’s still too cold to spend too much time outdoors even when the sun’s shining.
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