My Sewful Retirement

A Quilting Journey

Hello Spring

In light of the current world events like many others we’ve had to cancel our travel and vacation plans. Yes, it’s definitely a bummer but on the flipside I’ve gotten my sewing and blogging mojo back πŸ™‚

Ah, springtime! There’s something refreshing about this time of year – winter is fading away and spring is emerging! My tulips are blooming and the sunlight is lasting longer which is inspiring my creativity.

One of my favorite places to decorate is the kitchen table. This year I designed a set of spring tulip placemats for our table. I used a small fat quarter bundle from my stash of Harper’s Garden by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics to make a set of four place mats.

tulip quilted patchwork placemats,spring decor
Spring tulip placemats
spring tulip placemats backs

The simply lovely tulip flower quilt block is constructed as a simple nine patch.

Below are the instructions to make Two 6.5 inch unfinished tulip quilt blocks for one placemat.

*** The pictures shown were taken while I was making a 12 inch block.***

Cutting:

Tulip Fabric Quilt block
Tulip Fabric
  • Background Fabric
    • Cut (4) – 3 x 3-inch squares
    • Cut (6) – 2.5 x 2.5-inch squares
    • Cut (2) – 1.5 x 1.5 inch square
    • Cut (2) – 1.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle
  • Tulip Fabric
    • Cut (2) – 2.5 x 2.5 inch square
    • Cut (2) – 3 x 3 inch square
  • Tulip Bud or Stamen Fabric
    • Cut (2) – 1.5 x 1.5 inch square
  • Leaf Fabric
    • Cut (2) – 3 x 3 inch square

Assembly

  1. Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of one of your 3×3 inch squares.
  2. Place the squares with the drawn line on top of the stem and tulip fabrics 3 x 3 inch squares.
  3. Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line.
half square triangle step 1
Draw line from corner to corner

4. Cut on the lines to make 2 half square triangles.

half square triangle step 2
Cut on the lines to make 2 half square triangles

5. Press seams on all of your half square triangles. I press my seams open.

half square triangle press seams
Press seams

6. Square up the half square triangles to 2 1/2 inches.

square up half square triangle
square up half square triangles

7. Arrange tulip nine patch as shown below.

8. Seam them together in rows. Keep track of the direction of the leaf blocks.

I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture of both tulip block layouts. please refer to the picture above for the second layout.

tulip quilt block layout - 9 patch
Tulip Block 2 Arrangement

9. Press and sew the rows together to form the completed tulip blocks. One completed block should measure 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches.

To turn your lovely tulip blocks into a placemat

tulip placemat
  • Join tulip blocks, vertically – top to bottom
  • sew on a 1.5 x 12.5 rectangle (the blue)- press seam
  • sew on a 9.5 x 12.5 rectangle (the floral) – press seam

Cut your batting and backing 14 inches tall and 20 inches wide per placemat. I use Pellon Fusible Thermolam Plus when making placemats and table runners.

Quilt as desired. I used my walking foot with one inch intervals.

Binding — you need approximately 2.25 x 62 inches of binding per placemat. I machine stitched the binding to the front, back and used the pocket method to join the ends.

pocket binding

Next time I will show you my other tulip inspired projects!

Happy Spring, stay safe and happy Sewing!

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8 thoughts on “Hello Spring

  1. Hi Karla! Yippee! I’m so glad you found your sewing and blogging mojo back. What a cool tulip block, and thanks for the tutorial. Do you follow Kathleen McMusing? If you do, she has a link up on the 22nd for tips and tuts – maybe you should link this one up?! If I had my own mojo going on, I just might whip up two or four of these. I think I’ll PIN them for when it returns. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Such pretty placemats, Karla! I agree with Roseanne – you need to link up to Kathleen’s linky with these. Those bright, happy, spring colors are just what is needed right now!

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  3. So pretty, we can all use a bit of spring right now. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. lindafarineau5121 on said:

    So glad that you are back – I really missed your creative, bright projects and ideas! (I was praying that you were ok and that God would help you and bless you in whatever you were going through).

    Thanks for sharing your springy placemats (these cheery tulips could also make a table runner – another of my favorite table / sideboard decorations). I am always on the look out for do-able projects that do not require lots of $$ and can use some of my scraps that are just too good to get rid of! Thanks so much for sharing and brightening my day!

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    • Hi Linda, great to hear from you! I’ve spent most of 2020 entertaining guests — more of our friends and family are retiring and coming to visit Florida! I’m happy to get back into my sewing room…hope you get to make some tulips — if you have any questions just let me know πŸ™‚

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