Quilted Placemat Samplers - INCOMPLETE

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Placemats as a Freestyle Quilting Sampler Making smooth continuous freestyle shapes on the long arm quilter takes practice. Why not try several types for a single project. You can try flowers, spirals, zig zags, stones, woodgrains, words, single line drawings, wanderings, knit look - the options are many! A set of six placemats lets you practice six techniques. You need to be badged on the long arm quilter and basic sewing machine and/or serger machine.

Supplies for 6 placemats and one table runner include:

1 ⅓ to 1 ½ feet of 45” wide fabric for the top

1 ⅓ to 1 ½ feet of 45” wide fabric for the bottom

1 1/2 to 1 3/4 feet of 45” wide thin batting for the middle

Machine quilting thread to match or contrast the fabric. 

11 yards of ½ inch double folded bias tape to match or contrast fabric OR decorative serger thread to match or contrast fabric.

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Wash and iron your fabrics prior to mounting them on the quilter. Most cotton blends are pre shrunk but precaution iresults in better results. The batting really should be preshrunk. Trim the cut edges to ensure a straight edge to facilitate a square mounting of the fabric on the quilter. 

Mounting the fabric on the quilter

Mount the bottom fabric onto the quilting machine. When mounted you should see the WRONG side of the fabric. Remove any threads etc from the surface as they will show through if quilted in.  Mount batting length, ensure that it falls nicely over bottom fabric  and baste it in place.

Complete the fabric sandwich

Mount the top fabric, ensure that it falls evenly over the other layers and baste them all in place.

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Adjust quilting tension
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With a fabric marker and straight edge, draw a line approximately 6 inches from the top across the fabric. Above this line is where you will stitch to adjust the tension of the threads. Do this now.

Block out the upper and lower limits of the first two placemats

Draw a second horizontal line 14 inches down and then one more inch distal to that. The second line marks the top of the next two placemats. Repeat the next line 14 inches distal (4 mats), 1 inch

Block out the left and right side limits of the first two placemats

Vertically draw two lines: one 21 inches from each the left and the right fabric edges.  There should be approx 1 inch between the vertical lines. Now you have two rectangles. Be sure that they both fit entirely on the quilt sandwich.

Freestyle quilting first and second mats.