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.
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
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 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.
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 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
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.