The beautiful bumblebee Tilda fabric, is lovely to work with, here is my step by step tutorial on how I created a table runner with matching placemats.
Tilda bumblebee fabric – Placemat tutorial…
The gorgeous fabric…
Purchase your tilda bumblebee fabric from poppies and polka dots.
They sell a beautiful fat quarter bundle of tilda bumblebee yumminess.
Plus you will need a metre of kona snow white fabric.
(wash, dry and press all fabric before cutting)
Take your fat quarter bundle of bumble bee fabric and cut the following pieces:
- garden bees ginger 15” x 12”
- garden bees ginger 12.5” x 3.3”
- flowers nest teal 21” x 2” (2 of these)
- flowers nest teal 18” x 2” (2 of these)
From your snow white kona fabric cut:
- 12.5” x 5”
- 12.5” x 8.5”
You will also need:
- Wadding measuring 16” x 13”
- Small piece of interlining for the petals (measuring 4” x 4”)
- 5 petals (3 from the cherry blossom pink fabric and 2 petals from the cherry blossom blue flower fabric)
- 6 EPP hexagons, and enough fabric from the flower nest pink fabric, rosa mollis teal fabric, and the rosa mollis linen fabric to make 2 of each
Start by sewing the narrowest white strip to the narrow orange panel, followed by the other white piece onto the other side of the orange panel, pressing your seams open, then using 505 adhesive basting spray, create your quilt sandwich, with this piece on top, then the wadding, and finally the large orange piece as the backing fabric – see photo.
Make up your 6 EPP hexies and sew them together in a long strip, these can now be temporarily basted to the quilt in place.
Next take your fusible interlining and iron to the wrong side of the fabric you are using to create the petals, cut the petals out and baste them also in place on your placemat. Using a blanket stitch, sew around each petal leaf.
Sew through all the layers of your quilted placemat along the edges of your hexies, and also down each edge of the orange panel, this will make sure the wadding stays in place – see photo
Free motion quilting
Drop your feed dog and attach your quilting foot. Mark out where you want to draw your pattern using a removable marker, I chose a white thread, to give it a delicate feel. Once completed, remove any pen marks.
The reverse is kept soft and delicate, when a white bobbin thread is used
Attaching the binding…
Sew the long blue strips, right sides together on the reverse of the placemat, making sure each strip is evenly placed, with equal overlap at each end. Press and turn placemat over, to make life easier I then press my raw edge over, then using a whip stitch, sew your binding in place using a white top thread cotton.
To make more of these using your tilda bumblebee fat quarters, simply swap out the orange backing fabric and the orange panel and replace with another fat quarter.
Makes a lovely gift, check out my tilda table runner tutorial, and create the matching set. Here is a print friendly link for this tutorial.
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