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EPP fruity quilted placemats


For the last few weeks I've been sharing different fruit placemats made using English paper piecing. This has definitely been a big project...bigger than most of the things I post here. But I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed it. And now that all four placematss are finished, I'm really thrilled with and proud of the result.

This last one is a bunch of grapes, and no joke...as I was about to take these photos, my mom was preparing a pitcher of grape juice. She suggested that adding ice would look good in the pictures, and I agreed. Thanks, Mom!

When eating grapes, I prefer the green variety, but for something like this, purple was the way to go. Much more traditional, right? Feel free to make yours whatever color of grape you like best!

Here's what you need for one placemat:

1 fat quarter of quilting cotton
1 fat quarter of linen
1 fat quarter of batting

(So, if you plan on making the set of four, you'll need a yard of each of these!)

For the grapes, you will need:

purple fabric scraps
green fabric scraps
brown or black embroidery floss
EPP template PDF with 1-inch hexagons and jewels printed on card stock

You will also need:

scissors
pins
ruler
rotary cutter and mat (optional, but helpful!)
disappearing ink pen
sewing machine
walking foot (if you have one!)
thread
needle
fabric glue (like Fabri-Tac)

EPP fruity quilted placemats

To make the placemat base, visit my first post in the Fruity Quilted Placemat series.

Using English paper piecing, make 13 purple hexagons and two green jewels. Join them together in rows as shown, then put the rows together.

EPP fruity quilted placemats
EPP fruity quilted placemats

I like to press my pieces before removing the papers, and after removing them. It helps them keep their shape. After you remove the papers, stitch a face onto one of the hexagon centers. It's just two french knots and some backstitch for the smile.

EPP fruity quilted placemats

Decide where you want the grapes situated on the mat (all of mine are on the right side at a slightly jaunty angle), then use fabric glue to tack it in place. You don't need a lot, and I recommend that you only use it on the seams or the seam allowances because the fabric is double there.

EPP fruity quilted placemats

With three strands of brown embroidery floss, stitch around the grapes with running stitch. Trim and tuck the flaps on the leaf points under as you stitch around them.

EPP fruity quilted placemats

And just like that, you're ready to set the table!

EPP fruity quilted placemats
EPP fruity quilted placemats

I chose to make these fruits into placemats so that I could share them one at a time, without too much rush...both for you and for me. But my mom told me that she really would have loved these as a table runner. Perhaps you would too! Just extend the length of the mat and follow the same base instructions. Then, add all of the fruit shapes along the runner. You could even throw in some extra berries!

EPP fruity quilted placemats

Speaking of extra berries, I honestly think that I've only scratched the surface when it comes to hexagon fruit. Use your imagination and see what you come up with! As for me, I'm thinking that I need to be thinking about other kinds of things I could make along these lines. What do you think?

EPP fruity quilted placemats

For now, we'll enjoy these at my house, and I hope you give them a try too. Find all of the placemat posts here!

9 comments:

  1. i love how your set of fruity placemats turned out! :) very cute!

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  2. Soooooo terrific, Mollie!! My daughter and I have been guessing which fruit would be next- She was right- she guessed grapes! All of your fruits are adorable... so hope to make them someday! Love the idea of a table runner- and in between your fruits, making different colored berries- perfection waiting to happen! Thanks again, Mollie- Your blog and your projects are always such a wonderful start to my day! :)

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  3. Your placemat series is soooo adorable! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

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  4. I had fun making the different fruits!! More! More!!

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  5. Wow! So much awesomeness! Will definitely get around to making theses at some point(hopefully sooner rather than later!) Love all your stuff :)

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  6. I'm hoping to make a cherry one for a swap I'm doing! Thanks for the pattern, love them all :)

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  7. Super cute! But I can't TELL you how nervous it makes me to see that grape juice pitcher on top of that beautiful creamy linen!

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    1. Haha! You're not the only one. You have no idea how many times I wiped it off and then was SUPER careful!

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  8. Really can't get over how amazing these are! So cute, I want to make them all!

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