Monday, July 30, 2018

The Centerpiece Tablemat: a pattern by Sweet Treasures Quilts


I’m really excited to share today’s project, the Centerpiece Tablemat!  This terrific pattern was designed by Terri Staats, owner of Sweet Treasures Quilts. Simply select a pretty focal fabric and coordinating 1 1/2” strips and you can whip together a 21” octagon shaped tablemat in no time!


Maybe you have purchased some of those cute Moda Honeybun rolls of 1 1/2” fabric strips, but you haven’t used them yet. This would be a great project for a Honeybun. Or you could create your own 1 1/2” strips from your stash.  That’s what I did!


My Centerpiece Tablemat features a beautiful floral print from Fig Tree’s Strawberry Fields Revisited collection, surrounded by a smattering of other Fig Tree fabrics making up the strips. This project is a reminder to never throw away our treasured scraps!  Look at the loveliness we can create with 1 1/2” strips!


Terri’s pattern instructions and illustrations are top-notch!  She teaches classes at her sewing studio in Keiser, Oregon, and her teacher personality comes through in her patterns, with helpful tips and easy-to-follow instructions! I thoroughly enjoyed this project.

I quilted my tablemat using a 1” grid.  As you can see in the photo below, I like to use quilter’s tape to mark my stitching line. I began by quilting one line right down the center.  However, when I laid down my large rulers to plan out the remaining quilting lines, I noticed that I didn’t like where the one-inch stitch lines would land “in the ditch” of the outer strips. So I put my seam ripper to work and removed that first on-center stitch. I then laid out my grid so that the true center of the tablemat is in between of my first two stitching lines.


This photo shows how the outer quilting lines land in the center of the border strips.  I’m really happy with how this turned out, and it was such an easy quilting process using quilter’s tape.


I backed my tablemat with the cream floral from Fig Tree’s Ella & Ollie collection and bound it with a red gingham from their Strawberry Fields Revisited collection.  All told, I believe I have used at least six past Fig Tree collections in this fun project!




The Centerpiece Tablemat is a great weekend project and would make a lovely gift! You can purchase the pattern from Sweet Treasures Quilts. If you don’t feel like you have a great stash of fabrics to pull from, Terri and her team have also created several kits using lovely Moda collections! I have shared Terri’s photos with links to the individual kits below.

features "Return to Winter's Lane" by Kate & Birdie



features "Love You" by Sandy Gervais



features red, white and blue prints by Bonnie & Camille



features "Project Red" by Sweetwater Fabrics



If you are looking for a homemade gift idea, the Centerpiece Tablemat is just the ticket.  It’s quick and easy, and really lends itself to some assembly line sewing. You could probably get carried away and crank out several in one weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Taunja




6 comments:

  1. This is so lovely and the Fig Tree fabrics make it perfect!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I just love how it allowed me to show off some of my favorite (if tiny) Figgy scraps!! :)

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  2. Your placemat turned out so pretty. I was just thinking this weekend that I need placemats that work on a round table and these are ideal.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! It's a really fun pattern! I'm sure I'll make more!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your project. It's lovely! I made this placemat using Halloween prints for my granddaughter who loves Halloween. Easy and fun project to complete!

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    1. Oh I bet it is darling in Halloween prints!! Great idea!!

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