Tutti Frutti!

Materials

For each matching placemat and coaster

  • 40cm (1⁄2yd) cream on cream
  • Fat quarter of pale orange or lemon or lime fabric
  • Fat quarter of bright orange or lemon or lime fabric
  • Fat quarter of wadding
  • Orange or lemon or lime thread
  • Cream thread
  • Fusible web

Skill Level

Beginner

Finished Size

Placemats approx: orange 14in diameter; lemon 12in diameter; lime 10in diameter Coasters approx 4in diameter

MAKING THE MATS

  1. Wash and starch your fabrics. This will help to prevent shrinkage and distortion as the mats are likely to be laundered regularly.
  2. Using the templates provided on the pattern sheet, trace the outline of the relevant fruit placemat and the coaster onto the cream fabric. Cut out each circle of cream adding a 1⁄4in seam allowance all round.
  3. Trace the orange, lemon or lime placemat segmented centre and the coaster segmented centre onto the paper side of fusible web. Cut out roughly. Press the rough side onto the wrong side of the orange, lemon or lime pale fabric. Cut out neatly on the outline of the circle.
  4. Using sharp scissors, cut the segments apart. See Figure 1. Then cut a curve around the corners to soften the points and straight edges. See Figure 2. Try not to make all the segments identical; increase the curves on some and fatten the corners on others.
  5. Place the segments onto the right side of the cream circle. When you are happy with the layout, remove the backing paper and fuse the segments in place. Take care to keep the outer edges of the segments at least 1⁄2in from the outer edge of the circle to allow for trimming and binding.
  6. Trace a few pips onto the paper side of the fusible web. Cut out roughly and press the rough side onto the wrong side of the cream fabric. Cut out neatly on the line and fuse into place on the segments. Refer to the pictures for guidance.

QUILTING AND FINISHING

Handy Hint It's a good idea to do a test sample to determine the best zigzag or satin stitch settings on your sewing machine before stitching on your mats.

  1. Cut out of circle of wadding and cream fabric slightly larger than the placemat or coaster top.
  2. Place the cream circle wrong side up on a clean fl at surface, followed by the wadding and then the placemat or coaster top right side up. Pin or tack to secure.
  3. If you have one, fit a walking foot to your machine. Use a thread that matches the segments on top and cream thread in the bobbin. Stitch around each segment using a small zigzag or satin stitch. Replace the top thread with cream and stitch around each pip.
  4. The appliqué stitching is sufficient to quilt each mat, but you can free-machine stitch between the segments if you'd like more quilting. Refer to the pictures for guidance.
  5. Trim the excess backing and wadding level with the mat edges. Stitch around the edge with zigzag or satin stitch to hold the edges together and make binding the circles easier.
  6. Using the orange, lemon or lime bright fabric, cut 1 1⁄4in wide strips on the bias (diagonal). Join the strips on the diagonal as shown in Figure 3. Press the seams open and trim the ears. You need approx 47in for the orange mat, 41in for the lemon mat, 34 1⁄2in for the lime place and 15 1⁄2in for each coaster. This gives an approx 3in allowance for turning and finishing.
  7. A single folld binding is sufficient for the mat edges, so simply finger press the bias strip in half along its length and then carefully press one edge in towards the fold; this will make it easier to slipstitch the bias into place.
  8. Matching the raw (not folded) edge of the binding to the zigzagged edges of the top of the mat. Sew in place using a walking foot and a 1⁄4in seam. Before completing your stitching, neaten the short raw end of the starting binding piece and insert the ending piece into it.
  9. Fold the binding to the wrong side of the mat and neatly slipstitch in place by hand. The mat might curl up at this stage, but don't worry; gently steam press the mat back into shape.

First published in Popular Patchwork March 2011