Back in June 2011 I worked on a set of placemats and a matching runner. I gave it away and never posted a photo of the finished set. Recently I came across a photo of the set in use after I gifted it and I decided I needed one for myself. I used the photo to write myself a pattern to make it again
Here’s the original:
Here is the new set, Geese Around the Table.
I thought I remembered piecing units in a certain order the first time around and wrote my instructions to myself that way. When I actually got to sewing I realized that there would be an awful lot of pesky bulky seams where I couldn’t make seams nest. I don’t remember that from before. After a bit more thought I ripped some seams and came at it a different way and eliminated most of the bulk so things lie flat. I think that’s a good thing in a placemat! You just don’t want a bulky bit to make your glass full of your beverage of choice a bit tippy.
I have no idea how I quilted this the first time around, but in this incarnation it’s all quilted in the ditch. I did machine sew the binding on, which I hade never done before. The thought of hand stitching almost 500 inches of binding just left me cold. I don’t mind hand stitching a few hundred inches of binding on a cozy quilt, but it somehow it seemed like a lot of trouble for a set of placemats. I sewed the binding to the front as usual, then folded it around to the back far enough that it would be caught by the needle when I stitched in the ditch along the binding on the front.
Having in effect tested this pattern and fine tuned it I decided to list it for sale in my Crafsy shop. Pattern downloads of my 3 free patterns have been brisk, and some quilters out there have also bought my Wandering Geese pattern. I’m encouraged to keep honing my pattern writing skills!