Stack-n-Whack Hexagon Placemats
by Emily Cross
Makes 4 placemats
2 to 2 1/2 yards of Print with 12″ repeat (see below for specific instructions)
1 1/8 yards of Backing
1/2 yard of Binding
4 squares of Batting 20″ x 20″
Finding the repeat in a print
Look at the selvage for the printed words along the bottom, this usually marks the beginning of a repeat in the print. Note a particular shape or figure in this spot. Now look for the next place that shape or figure appears in the same position; that’s the beginning of the next repeat. The distance between the shapes needs to be 9-12″ for this project, and 6 full repeats are required. Be sure to count repeats, not yardage.
From the print fabric, cut:
(6) 9″ x Width of Fabric strips following instructions below for cutting the print fabric
From the backing fabric, cut:
(4) 20″ x 20″ squares
From the binding fabric, cut:
(7) 2 1/2″ x Width of Fabric strips
Instructions for cutting the print fabric
Open the fabric before cutting. Cut a straight edge at the beginning of the first repeat in the fabric. Gently turn and cut the first strip the size of the repeat. Cut each strip at the beginning of the repeat.
Stack the layers together so all the repeat beginning edges are even to one another and the print is stacked perfectly atop each other. Trim the other side to make a 9″ x Width of Fabric strip.
Use a ruler with a 60 degree line and lay it across the bottom edge of the strips. Make sure the ruler covers all the selvages and cut.
Measure 9″ parallel from the last cut and cut a diamond.
Put the 60 degree line on the first cut line, crossing the diamond, and cut to make triangles. Repeat to make 4 stacks of 6 triangles. Be sure to keep the stacks together.
Lay the triangles out to reveal the pattern created by the print.
You can even test out the triangles with your dinnerware.
Assembling the placemats
Working from the laid out triangles, lay two triangles right sides together as shown so all edges are even. Sew a quarter inch and press.
Lay the next triangle over the previous pair and sew. Press in the same direction.
Repeat with the three triangles on the other side and then sew the both trio of triangles together.
Note that when pressing in all one direction, it’s possible to pick out the stitches in the seam allowance so the center presses flat.
Finishing the placemats
Decide how you want to quilt your placemat and mark the design. Create a quilt sandwich using the marked placemat, a 20″ square of batting and a 20″ square of backing.
We used a walking foot to quilt straight lines echoing the hexagon shape.
Sew the binding together into a continuous strip and press in half.
It’s helpful to secure the binding before sewing it on because of the corners. Be sure to leave several inches of binding for joining the binding at the end.
To create a mitered corner binding on the 120 degree angle, lay the binding over the first side, then fold it back on itself until the strip is straight to the next side. Maintaining that fold, bring the binding over itself to lay over the next side. Secure the corner folds with a pin or clip. Repeat for the rest of the placemat.
When attaching the binding, sew up to the fold, stopping a quarter inch from the edge with the needle down.
Lift the foot and press the flap of binding in the corner fold towards the side you just sewed. Begin sewing again, sewing over the flap.
Attach the binding to all the sides in that manner and join the ends of the binding. Turn the binding under and topstitch to secure.
Enjoy your set of Stack-n-Whack Hexagon Placemats!
Keep the fun going. Learn all the tips and tricks of the Stack-n-Whack technique from creator Bethany Reynolds.
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