Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Repeat performance, new pattern

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:

Geese Across the Table set 1

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 (click on the Pattern Shop" tab under my blog banner to go to my shop). Pattern downloads of my 3 free patterns on Craftsy 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!


  1. Very pretty! I like it alot!


  2. Oh yes, you definitely should keep writing patterns. Both versions look fabulous!

  3. What a great table top set! I just love your header with all the colorful quilts and the star quilt a few posts back is awesome. You are a very talented artist.

  4. Now I need to make myself something pretty to put on my table...see what you started?;) Took a look at your Craftsy site...looks great! I wish you the best on your endevoures;)
    Happy Quilting!!

  5. Did we know you had a Craftsy shop? If you mentioned it before, I forgot about it. Craftsy is a great site! I do love your table set. So striking! The black fabrics are really nice and the green highlight is perfect. I seem to have trouble finding black fabric that I like.

  6. I definitely like the green and black and white better, but where would that go in my house? (Time to redecorate?!) Good luck with the Craftsy shop!

  7. Hi, I bought your Geese Across the Table pattern in the Craftsy shop. This is my first try at quilting, but the instructions are written so well that I had no problems with finishing my top. Now that I'm at the point of layering, I wonder if I should add batting between the top and the back? It's not mentioned in the pattern, but that's maybe because it's an obvious thing to do for seasoned quilters?

    1. Welcome to the quilting world! I'm so pleased you liked the pattern and that your first top went together well.

      Yes, I do recommend batting betweeen the top and back. I'll be sure to specify that next time. I like to use a low-loft batting or fleece (fusible fleece works well) in placemats and table runners to keep the surface flat for setting things on.


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