Sew a quilted heart placemat today for a sweet Valentine supper tomorrow!
Choose six complementary fabrics, three in each light and dark shades. I picked a spring green and strawberry red garden color theme. You’ll need 1/4 yard of each fabric. Cut strips 1 3/4″ wide.
Apply iron-on batting according to the directions on the package to plain muslin backing fabric making sure the fabric is larger than a heart-shaped template. You’ll trim it to the heart shape after sewing the strips to it.
(I picked a better quality muslin with little garden tools printed in white for the backing. Other times I’ve made these placemats, I’ve used a plain muslin, or you could use one of the fabrics from the strips on the front.)
This is where you’ll pin the starter square. Choose the first fabric and cut it into a 1 3/4″ square. Pin it to the center of the heart positioning it like a diamond.
Sew strips using 1/4″ seams onto the initial square starting on its upper left side and working clock-wise. The first two strips should either both light or both dark. Continue sewing 1/4″ seams around the squares building the top of the placemat and ironing the strips open as you go.
Use the template to trim the top to a heart shape. Sew together facing right sides together, leaving a about four inches open to turn inside out. Slip stitch closed and iron flat.
Set a place setting and enjoy!