Friday, July 16, 2021

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Placemats


Greetings from South Louisiana and Happy July Christmas!  Our host, Sarah with Confessions of a Fabric Addict has a special group of bloggers ready to help you with your Christmas Gift Ideas.

For those new to my blog ... a little introduction.    For a little over 10 years, I have been one of the quilt pattern designers for Black Cat Creations.  Following my retirement in early 2016 from a long career in Government Finance, quilting and pattern design has taken a front seat.  I can also be found on Instagram, @lfairquilts and Black Cat Creations Facebook page

A SPECIAL TREAT:   In addition to the Placemat Pattern below,  Black Cat Creations is offering a FREE Christmas quilt pattern to all of our Blog Hoppers, called Reindeer Lodge, designed by Jackie Theriot.

Now for the Placemats ....

Keeping it simple –

Ø  Placemats can be gender neutral

Ø  Appeal to all age groups and perfect for “family” gifts.

Ø  Spruce up decor

Bonding opportunities –

Ø  Invite a sewing novice or beginner for a sew day

Ø  Delivering a special placemat to the elderly (home bound, assisted living or nursing home)

Learning and practice  –

Ø  Small projects are easier to master machine quilting and binding

Ø  Fun and quick to make

 Set of (4) Four Placemats (18" X 12")

Fabric Requirements (WOF = 40")

Color #



7-1/2” X WOF


7-1/2” X WOF


7-1/2” X WOF


7-1/2” X WOF


Center Accent & Binding (Single Fold)

1/2 Yard

After choosing your fabric, audition the layout:

Cutting Instructions:

  From each of the Colors 1, 2, 3 and 4:

Ø  Cut (1) 4-1/2” X WOF strip, then

o   (4) 4-1/2” X 9-1/2” pieces (Unit A)

Ø  Cut (1) 2-1/2” X WOF strip, then

o   (4) 2-1/2” X 4-1/2” pieces (Unit B)

o   (4) 2-1/2” squares (Unit D)

From Color 5, Center Accents / Single fold binding:

Ø  Cut (2) 2-1/2” X WOF strips, then

o   (12) 2-1/2” X 4-1/2” pieces (Unit C)

Ø  (7) 1-1/2” X WOF strips ...  join diagonally end to end and press seams to one side

Layout your pieces as follows (labels are a great tool to keep colors/pieces in order)

Assembly (Note:  press to either side or open - there are no seams to match):

Row 1:  Sew A1 to A2
Row 3:  Sew A3 to A4

Row 2:  Sew as follows: 

B1 to B3
B2 to B4

D1 to D3
D2 to D4

     Then assemble Row 2 as follows:

Join Rows 1, 2 and 3
Layer Placemat top, batting and backing, quilt as desired
Sew single fold binding to the back and bring forward, turn under 1/4" and topstitch. 

Alternate Colors:


And while you are visiting - below is a link to the other blogs participating.  We hope you enjoy our 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th


tink's mom said...

I love placemats as a go to gift sometimes with other small kitcheny gifts sometimes on their own. This is a great pattern, so thank you from me and the several friends who will receive them. Thanks also to Black Cat Creations for the Reindeer Lodge pattern.

Delighted Hands said...

Pretty placemat design-thanks for sharing!

Sarah Craig said...

Wow, Jamie, I love these!!! And thanks for the link to Reindeer Lodge - it's a great pattern that I could see in lots of color combos not just Christmas! I really appreciate your participation in this year's 12DCIJ!

Karrin Hurd said...

Great placemats, and thanks so much for the link! Thanks for sharing!

Darlene said...

Thanks for the reindeer pattern. It will be my next quilt.

Vicki in MN said...

Placemats are such a good way to add some color to the table and so quick to whip up. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Lovely project.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Placemats are a great gift idea and yours are very pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us xx