Last December at our local Coastal Quilters Christmas/Holiday meeting, we had a little game where you each bring a giftie, and end up with a different giftie. I ended up with a lovely set of fat quarters in very “Quilt Modern” colors: the red, white and gray winter themed ones. I decided to add some new winter placemats and table runner made from the theme fabric using improvisational piecing. You can find the pattern at Janome America’s blog, here.
I added the solid red and dark gray fabrics. I will advise you: MEASURE YOUR TABLE FIRST. I made the placemats first, rather oversized. I had two of them bound. Then I discovered they were too big, had to pick off the binding, cut them down (the instructions on the Janome site are for my final size), and re-do. Erk.
Depending on the fabric you select as a feature fabric for the centers, you can adjust the size of the inner borders (or omit them entirely). I had just a half yard of the feature print, so I needed to use smaller cuts and build them out. If you buy a little more, then you can omit the inner border and strips.
My favorite way to do bindings is by machine. My secret: glue stick! I only use the glue stick on things that will be washed (probably often), so I wouldn’t do this on a high-end art quilt, but for a baby or bed quilt or table linens? You betcha!
I used a blanket stitch, with the straight part in the “ditch” (just to the left of the dark gray binding), and the “zig” going onto the binding.