April 28 ~ Quilt of the Day

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Placemats by Anita, Bloomin’ Workshop

These are placemats but they could also be called “mini-quilts!” It’s fun to think of the many ways you can integrate quilting into projects for your home, from placemats to pillow covers to hot pads to… Quilts! Anita writes, “They were made for a placemat swap. I also made two for myself. They were made from leftover scraps and were super easy.” Anita’s design looks similar to Alissa’s Doll Quilt Sew-Along from Fat Quarter Month in case you want to give it a try with a little guidance!

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97 Responses to April 28 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. Katrina H says:

    This reminds me how I NEED to make some placemats, thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Marcelle says:

    Lovely idea!

  3. Manechka says:

    These are so great! Now the placemats are moving up on my to-craft list! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Claire says:

    I’m so excited to make some of these!

  5. Sara says:

    Very sweet and awesome!

  6. CathyJ says:

    What a great inspiration – can’t wait to get started. The link for guidance is greatly appreciated.

  7. Linda says:

    Great idea and great inspiration! Thanks!

  8. Leah says:

    These looks super-cute and like a great way to use those scraps!

  9. Tina says:

    I just love these!! I need to make us some placemats. Something that you use everyday that can really give you joy.

  10. sharonj says:

    Love this! Great to have new ideas for smaller projects! Thanks Sharonj.

  11. DebbieB says:

    Very pretty. Might be time for some new placemats.

  12. Jessica says:

    This quilter took such a simple design and really elevated it!

  13. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    Placemats have been on my “to-do” list for so long. Looking at these just made them move to the top of that list.

  14. billie says:

    love the placemats!

  15. Ashley says:

    so cute!! i love patchwork, especially when it’s little.

  16. Diane says:

    I think quilted placemats are just my speed – love the patchwork!

  17. Melissa says:

    I have been thinking about making something like this for some time. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Katy L says:

    I’m trying to gather inspiration to start my first quilt. This could be a great first project. Thanks!

  19. Karen says:

    These placemats are lovely – perfect for all the scraps I have lying around!
    Thanks again for the inspiration!

  20. Becca says:

    This is so cute! And kind of funny… just yesterday I announced to my husband that I want to make some placemats for our new (used) patio table!

  21. Marcia W. says:

    Simple and stunning — goes to show that the fabric colors make a quilt.

  22. Barbara says:

    What a great way to use up scraps!! How cute:)

  23. Pretty.

  24. PeachRainbow says:

    beautiful and thanks for the tutorial link!

  25. Annabel says:

    They’re gorgous! Now don’t you dare spill the soup 😉

  26. Paulina says:

    I like this project. In fact as I saw a picture I thought it was a big bed cover quilt :). Placemats are great – I guess I’ll try to make them one day.

  27. Meghan says:

    It’s true! My non-quilty friends are amazed at the things I can quilt, potholders, notebook covers, hanging organizers, the list goes on (and lots of project ideas came from SMS!)

  28. Julia says:

    The border just makes this quilt!! What a beautiful patchwork!!

  29. Susanne says:

    Cute placemats!

  30. alisha says:

    I love patchwork placemats.

  31. Lauree Myler says:

    thanks for so much inspiration and information!

  32. Jeanne says:

    Great Project. What an awesome idea. We have a local thrift store that has 99 cent day every monday, just think of all the place mats you could get for little or nothing and make a quilt out of them. Or I could use my scraps but I might need them for something important some day. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  33. Andrea says:

    This would be a fun project for kids.

  34. sewlindaann says:

    I love all the work being done with solids and popping out the scraps to shine!

  35. Rose L says:

    Cute, cute!

  36. Kelli says:

    Great use for scraps!

  37. Maureen says:

    It is nice to have one quick project for instant gratification!

  38. Elizabeth says:

    What a great way to use up the scraps!

  39. These are super cute, Placemats here I come!

  40. Rachel says:

    I love that idea! They’re really cute – maybe a Mother’s Day present will be in the works here…

  41. Lisa H. says:

    I seriously love these placemats! I don’t want quilt month to end, each day is a new revelation.

  42. Kelli says:

    Love these!! I want some for my table out by the pool!!

  43. Cat says:

    These are super cute . . . I have been wanting to do something similar.

  44. Such a cute placemat, and I can’t help but wonder — why have I never done this?

  45. Christine says:

    What a great idea for gifts!

  46. Jenny says:

    Great pictures! My first thought is that these were huge, far bigger than the woodpile behind them…I guess the size of the project is a matter of perspective!

  47. alison says:

    Too cute to let my messy lot eat their meals off of! They’d need to be just for show!

  48. Morgan says:

    I made some placemats on a whim and LOVE being able to just throw them in the wash and bam! clean table. These are inspiring to add to my collection. 🙂

  49. Sharon Deal says:

    Super project idea! Thanks

  50. felicity says:

    So many projects so little time….at this rate, I’m going to need to live to be approximately 150 years old!

  51. ~Helena~ says:

    That is cute. What a fun idea too.

  52. qsogirl says:

    This would be a great project for me to make for our new place- we’re moving soon!

  53. Andi says:

    Now I’m inspired to try a little mini-quilt! I love this little placemat. Perfect for the little scraps!

  54. Ethne says:

    Just charming

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  56. Megan Presley says:

    These are so stinkin cute!!

  57. Carmen says:

    How cute these are! Love items that will use up all those scraps!

  58. Sorahart says:

    This seems like a very gentle way to ease into quilting by just taking on placemats to start.

  59. Doris says:

    Great Placemat! I may need a few of those!

  60. Agnes says:

    I’ve been thinking about making placemats and this is the perfect project for a beginner quilter like me! Thanks!

  61. Mary Lou says:

    I made placemats to practice my quilting techniques before trying them out on my big quilt. They are fun to do because they work up fast so you feel like you’ve accomplished something and if you mess up, you haven’t wasted a large amount of money and time.

  62. Krystina says:

    Very cute! I love the background color!

  63. Lynnette says:

    More placemats, fantastic!

  64. Christina says:

    Simply adorable! Love the colors.

  65. Debra says:

    Those are so cute! Great idea and inspiration!

  66. Wendy D. P. says:

    These are so cute – love the colors and fabrics!

  67. Jenny says:

    great mix of fabrics…love the simple squares.

  68. Rochelle says:

    Love her colors! I want to make these. I’ll have to work on getting my edges and binding as perfectly square as hers, though. Beautiful craftsmanship!!

  69. Sara says:

    pretty and fun!

  70. WHATUPDUCK says:

    LOVE to make something small that can have a quick finish!

  71. Brenna says:

    Super cute!!!!!!

  72. Jane says:

    Nice and easy and using scraps, what could be better.

  73. Nichole says:

    These would look so great on a table!

  74. Rachel says:

    The mini patchwork idea makes so much sense, because stains on the patchwork won’t show at all. I love the idea of making placemats, but fear that my children will destroy them so soon…

  75. Melissa says:

    Of course they are mini quilts! Very useful ones!

  76. Deb V says:

    That is a very cute placemat. I love the colors.

  77. Katie says:

    I loooove simple block quilts.

  78. Fawn says:

    What an excellent idea! I think this idea could be used as a really special wedding present too (since we’re hitting wedding season) for a new couple to grace their dining room table.

  79. Tracey says:

    oh my gosh, i’m getting all sorts of ideas for my new house. I love this little idea. make it a bit longer and it could be a cute table runner too!

  80. I love the linen background!

  81. jm says:

    I LOVE this placemat!

  82. JaiCi says:

    so super clever for place mats – EVERYONE has scraps, it’s just what you do with them…

  83. Alice S says:

    so pretty and springy

  84. MamaBee says:

    so cute!

  85. Kimberly says:

    How fun!

  86. Margaret says:

    Super cute place mats and another great blog that I didn’t know about. Not sure what the best part of this month is – the great quilts/projects featured or the great blogs that I can now look at regularly. I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed this month at the Sew blog.

  87. Gina says:

    Would love to win!! Thanks for the chance.

  88. Rebecca says:

    A great way to use up scraps!

  89. Ramona says:

    Very cute. I also liked your dresden placemats.

  90. upstatelisa says:

    Fun! I love making placemats and mini quilts!

  91. Diane says:

    What a great use of scraps. I must try this soon.

  92. alison says:

    So pretty! I need some of these placemats – now to find the time!

  93. Laurel says:

    Very pretty!

  94. Molly says:

    so cute!! love this idea.

  95. Tong says:

    Lovely patchwork! Simple and stunning!

  96. Brenda says:

    I’be been meaning to make some placemats — thanks for the inspiration!

  97. Jules says:

    Oooh I love these placemats, so cute just what I need to make with all the scraps I’ve got in my scrap box, thanks 🙂

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