Improv pieced rainbow placemats

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Inspired by a Pinterest posting, I visited Bolt and bought several yards of Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen in color Flax (fronts of placemats) and one-half yard of each solid color in Andover Textured Solids (backs and binding).

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I raided my stash fabric for matching colored prints for the striping.  I started by cutting rectangles of front and back fabrics approx 17″ x 21″, then I sliced up the front rectangles with uneven cuts, and improv pieced them together, then finish-cut them to 16″ x 20″.

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Next, I sandwiched batting between the fronts and backs and quilted with irregular vertical lines (to emphasize the improv and asymmetrical nature of the piecing).  Finally, I cut 1 3/4″ strips of the back fabric and used those to bind each placemat.

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Luckily, I remembered to pre-wash all of the fabrics (a step I usually forget!) so that they can be regularly used – and washed.  The idea is for these to be our “everyday” placemats, and everyone gets to choose a color.  I think that they’ll really brighten up the dinner table!

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