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Bright, Cheery, Simple, Fast, Fat Quarter Friendly, Quilt-as-you-go, all describe my Gifty Galore project, Fresh Blooms Placemats, from Gudrun Erla’s Book, Fast & Furious Family.

Armed with a stack of Rivera II FQs and backing, I was able to complete four 14” x 18-1/2” cheery placemats within a weekend.


I used the stabilizer, Craf-Tex (Bosal 327F), recommended in the pattern.  I found it to work well.  The stabilizer made the placemats stiffer than regular batting, which I liked.  I was concerned that the Craf-Tex would be floppy after it was washed, but found that the placemat came out a little softer, and it actually held its shape better than batting.

 I did find a slight discrepancy with the required yardage of the Craf-Tex stabilizer.  The pattern calls for 1 yd (21” wide), but to get 4 placemats, you need 2 yards total.

 I am pleased with my placemats and I already have ideas of changing the appliqué and fabrics to make placemats for other seasons.

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Comment by Joanna liguz on August 2, 2012 at 6:46am

Aawww!! so bright and pretty,,I like the flower.!!!

Comment by Barb/WI on August 1, 2012 at 5:49pm

Love these!  What wonderful colors!

Comment by Janet/MO on August 1, 2012 at 4:51pm

Very nice Kathy.  I was just thinking the other day that I need new placemats.  These would fit the bill perfectly.

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