STAR PATCHWORK PLACE MAT





Star patchwork place mat

Star patchwork place mat

 

I love the evening star quilt block and was thrilled with the way it turned out as a quilted place mat – ideal for the Christmas table.

 

 

Cutting requirements

red fabric:  one 4.1/2″ square, four 2.7/8″ squares, ten 2.1/2″ squares

white fabric:  four 2.7/8″ squares, fourteen 2.1/2″ squares

binding:  about 55″ by 2.1/2″ strip

backing and wadding:  13″ square of each

Making the place mat

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a red and white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the diagonal and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.  Each of these is a 2.1/2″ square made up of one white triangle and one red triangle.

 

Sew two half square triangles together

Sew two half square triangles together

Sew the half square triangles to the edge of the square

Sew the half square triangles to the edge of the square

 

Sew these together in pairs with the white triangles together to make a larger white triangle.  Trim the triangle points.  Sew one strip to each side of the 4.1/2″ red square with the white triangle away from the edge of the red square.

 

Sew a white square to the remaining half square triangle pairs

Sew a white square to the remaining half square triangle pairs

Completed evening star quilt block

Completed evening star quilt block

 

Add a white 2/1/2″ square to each side of the two remaining half square triangle pairs and sew one strip each to the top and the bottom of the red square.  That’s the evening star quilt block completed and ready to be made into a patchwork place mat.

 

Sew squares to the top and bottom of the quilt block

Sew squares to the top and bottom of the quilt block

Sew squares to the sides

Sew squares to the sides

 

Sew the remaining red and white 2.1/2″ squares together in pairs.  Add a strip of four squares to the top and bottom of the evening star quilt block, then sew a strip of six squares to the sides of the quilt block.

 

Finishing the patchwork place mat

Layer with wadding and backing fabric

Layer with wadding and backing fabric

Trim the excess wadding and backing fabric

Trim the excess wadding and backing fabric

Place the backing fabric right side down, lay the wadding top and then lay the evening star quilt block on top of that.  Pin and quilt.  I don’t know how well it shows in the photo, but I quilted either side of the diagonals, following the lines of the star.  Trim the excess backing and wadding and backing.  Bind as for a normal quilt.

 

I hope you like this patchwork place mat pattern.  I thought that it made a really striking table feature.  Although I have made it in Christmas colours, you could make it in different colours for any time of the year.

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Comments

  1. irena mangone says:

    Just beautiful.

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