I’m elbow-deep into the current Art Gallery Fabrics Challenge, so I guess that means it is time to show you what I did last month! No winning entry here, just a fun way to make a colorful placemat. The requirements were to make a placemat with a ruffle.
Free piecing is simple to do, and fun because you plan and make decisions as you go. The impromptu nature is very liberating.
After stitching in my strips of stripes, I pressed the strip for the ruffle in half, increased my stitch length as high as it goes, and stitched down the raw edge. Then pulled one of the threads to ruffle the fabric.
I put the back and front right sides together with the batting in the middle, stitched almost all the way around (leaving a hole for turning). Trimmed the corners and turned the placemat right side out, then stitched the hole closed and quilted the top to finish.