Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Charm Pack Placemat Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop

I know - another sew along! I love them. I couldn't resist signing up to help with Fat Quarter Shop's celebration of one of their newest video tutorials, Beginner Charm Pack Placemat. Small projects, just like the pincushion I made for last week, are a fantastic opportunity to practice quilting, especially on a domestic machine! That's my favorite part!

I used several different colors of Blueberry Park fabric by Karen Lewis Textiles for Robert Kaufman. This fabric is like a dream to me because it's so versatile and features modern, small prints. I really wanted to use that lime green (aptly named Limelight) to make the whole thing pop!

I took the opportunity to practice pebbles with designs inside them - and it was a fun, creative exercise. I sketched out a bunch of ideas and referenced the sheet whenever I got stuck. Part of the trick is spreading them out so it looks random. Jessica Levitt (@jtlevitt) was my main inspiration - she is amazing at quilting them on her longarm! Using Aurifil thread #2600 (dove gray) made the pebbles blend on the front and pop on the back (Cloud9 Cirrus Solid Lagoon fabric):

Yay quilting!!

I can easily see how this project can multiply. Like, I could have made an entire set, and my kitchen table would be so grateful.

As the title states, this project is suitable for beginners and up. It's a great project to teach someone about four patches, focus fabric, and borders. Sherri of A Quilting Life and Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop made everything crystal clear to understand. Check out the video below:

Make sure you check out all of the other bloggers involved today, and also the Jolly Jabber blog:

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Nicole from Modern Handcraft
Jessica from Quilty Habit <<you are here!
Michele from Island Life Quilts
Melissa from Happy Quilting


  1. Love your place mat and the great quilting you did on it! Beautiful!

  2. I just love that quilting! I am going to have to try that soon. :)

  3. Oh, your quilting, Jess! Swoon :)

  4. Your placemats look wonderful! Love the colors and the quilting! It makes me want to get out my Blueberry Park Jelly Rolls and start something.

    1. Love your quilting, you do such a good job. My grandmother used to do it and I've been wanting to try for a while myself too!

  5. Great looking placemats and a wonderful tute too!

    Thanks for sharing.


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