Gifty Galore 2015 – Project 7

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I’m so excited to share my Seasons Placemats with you. They can be found in the Fast, Fun, and Gifty book, or you can download the individual pattern here. As usual, when coming up with this project I couldn’t make up my mind which applique design I wanted on my placemats—so Anita at Connecting Threads suggested I do a different design for each season. She is always full of good ideas!

I am a fat quarter junkie, (as far as I’m concerned you can never have too many), so I deliberately designed these little placemats to be made almost exclusively from fat quarters. Each set of four uses four coordinating FQs plus one white FQ for the applique, and a ½ yard for the binding. I like how they go together, but aren’t all matchy-matchy.

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The book shows the winter placemats sewn up in Quilter’s Candy basics fabrics.

Below are a few examples of what the additional Seasons Placemats would look like sewn up in some of the other wonderful fabrics available at Connecting Threads.


Seasons Ghost placemat mockups

For the Ghost placemats, I used the following fabrics:

FQs:  7867  Batty-Persimmon, 5701 Swirls-Black, 6699 Faux Burlap-Lime, 6668 Lotta Dots-Grape Juice, 6685 Lotta Dots-White on White, 

1/2 yd: 7869 Goulish Stripe

Seasons Stars placemat mockups

The Stars placemats use these fabrics from the Liberty For All collection:

FQs: 7520 Celebration-Silver Lining, 7523 Freedom Flowers-Rich Navy, 7529 Star Spangled-Sky, 6711 Swirls-Red, 5714 Swirls-White on White

1/2 yd: 7535 Ticking Stripe-Red

Seasons Posie placemat mockups

For the Flower placemats, I couldn’t resist using my mom Darlene Jewell Walhood’s latest fabric collection – Funky Flowers. (I might just happen to think she’s pretty talented and awesome!)

Here are the fabrics I used:

FQs: 8029 Flowers-Black, 8037 Stems-Cream, 8034 Checkerboard-Brown, 8032 Flowers and Dots-Brown, 8035 Grid-Cream

1/2 yd: 6688 Faux Burlap-Black

I would love to see what any of you come up with for your own placemats.  The possibilities are endless! I hope you enjoy making and using your placemats throughout the year.

Happy Quilting! – Kristin

We would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. Head over to the new Gifty Galore Flickr page and post your project photos there for everyone to enjoy! Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall. Please post any questions about this project below in the comments and we will gladly respond to you directly.


  1. Jan B. - August 17, 2015

    Also, measure the width of your table and extend your placemat(s) accordingly to create a table runner with your selected borders at each end. Endless possibiities (including Connecting Threads suggestions.)

    • Kristin Gassaway - August 17, 2015

      Great idea Jan! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Simone de Klerk - August 31, 2015

    Love the placemats!

  3. Elaine w. - September 28, 2015

    Wonder where the instructions are
    Would I just use a thin batting of some sort to layer in the center

    • Kristin Gassaway - September 28, 2015

      The instructions for the placemats are in the book “Fast, Fun, and Gifty”, published here at Connecting Threads. This pattern is also sold individually as a digital download on the website.

      Thin batting is recommended for these placemats.

      • Carolyn Nentwick - September 28, 2015

        I always use Thermolam batting in all my placemats. Extra firmness when washing.

        • Lois - October 10, 2015

          Question for you, Carolyn: do you use the fusible Thermolam or the plain?