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pattern July 4 placemat Ohio Star quilt block

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FOURTH OF JULY PLACEMAT PATTERN
Celebrate Independence Day! Placemats are approx. 18" x 14"

Fourth Of July Placemat


Ohio Star & Watermelon


Create this freedom placemat using applique, the Ohio Star quilt block, and checkerboard piecing. The Ohio Star can be used for matching hot pads, table runner, pillow or quilt.

To see our other Independence Day patterns, go to: Holiday Patterns

All patterns, text and images © Christina Sherrod of CraftAndFabricLinks unless otherwise noted.

Supplies Needed - Makes 4 Placemats (fabric assumes 44"- 45" width)
NOTE: We have allowed for some shrinkage - you may wish to purchase a bit extra to ensure enough after shrinkage.

Ohio Star free pattern
16 Ohio Stars
1/2 yard blue
1/4 yard white print
4th of July placemat pattern
Stripes
1/2 yard red
*1/4 yard white
watermelon applique pattern
Watermelon
1/4 yard dark green
1/4 yard light green
1/4 yard red print
black scraps for seeds (or black ink fabric paint or pen)
4th of July placemat pattern
background: 1/3 yard blue print
4th of July placemat pattern
Tablecloth
1/3 yard blue solid;
1/3 yard white solid *


* NOTE: White: 3/4 yard white fabric is enough for tablecloth and white stripes

Binding: Cut binding either 1.5" wide or 2" wide (your preference), and long enough to go all the way around your placemats (about about 70" per placemat) - you may piece strips. If you cut straight strips from 44" wide fabric, and you cut your strips 1.5" wide, 1/2 yard of fabric is enough for binding 4 placemats (allows for some shrinkage). You will cut 7 strips of 1.5" fabric, each measuring 44".

Batting or felt or fusible fleece: You will need enough batting (or fleece or craft felt) for 4 placemats, each measuring 18.5" x 14.5". If the felt (or batting or fleece) is 45" wide, you will need 1.5 yards.

TIP: Fusible fleece or batting makes layering your placemats quick and easy. Just fuse to your fabric top, then add the backing.

NOTE: Fusible fleece adds a nice padding. It noes NOT provide insulation. If you need insulation against heat or cold, use cotton batting and Insul-Bright or other insulating material.

Placemat Backing: 1.5 yards of backing (This allows for some shrinkage - your fabric will no longer be 45" wide after shrinkage. Purchase multi-directional fabric, meaning you can lay your pattern lengthwise, or from selvage to selvage. See lay-out below).

Refer to Assemble And Bind A Quilt for instructions on binding, layering and backing.

Cutting Instructions


PRE-WASH AND DRY YOUR FABRIC before beginning.

NOTE: "w.o.f." means "width of fabric" as it comes on the bolt. The width of your fabric will be 44"-45". If you are to cut a strip that is 1.5" x w.o.f., you will have a strip that is 1.5" x 45". If you purchase 1/4 yard of 45" fabric, the length of your piece is 9" (1/4 x 36"), and the width (w.o.f.) is 45".

OHIO STARS

Blue: Cut three strips of fabric 1.5" x w.o.f. (see above for definintion of w.o.f.)
Cut the first strip into 1.5" pieces (you should get 28 squares: 1.5" x 28 = 42")
Cut the second strip into 1.5" pieces (you should get 28 squares: 1.5" x 28 = 42")
Cut eight 1.5" squares from the third strip.
You now have 64 1.5" x 1.5" blue squares, which is enough to make 16 Ohio Stars

Cut 2 strips of fabric 2.5" x w.o.f. (see above for definintion of w.o.f.)
Cut the first strip into 2.5" pieces (you should get 16 squares)
Cut the second strip into 2.5" pieces (you should get 16 squares)
You now have 32 2.5" x 2.5" blue squares, which is enough to make 16 Ohio Stars.

White Print: Cut one strip of fabric 1.5" x w.o.f. (width of fabric - your width of fabric is 44"-45")
Cut the strip into sixteen 1.5" pieces
You now have 16 white print squares, each measuring 1.5" x 1.5", which is enough to make 16 Ohio Stars.

Cut 2 strips of fabric 2.5" x w.o.f. (width of fabric)
Cut the first strip into 2.5" pieces (you should get 16 squares)
Cut the second strip into 2.5" pieces (you should get 16 squares)
You now have 32 2.5" x 2.5" white print squares, which is enough to make 16 Ohio Stars.

Set aside your Ohio Star fabric pieces.

Red / White Stripes

Red

Cut 10 strips of fabric 1.5" x w.o.f.
Cut eight of the strips into three segments each as follows: two segments each measure 12.5", one segment measures 8.5"
Cut the other two strips into 4 segments each as follows: each segment measures 8.5"
You now have 16 red strips measuring 12.5" x 1.5", and 16 red strips measuring 8.5" x 1.5"

White:

Cut 5 strips of fabric 1.5" x w.o.f.
Cut four of the strips into three segments each as follows: two segments each measure 12.5", one segment measures 8.5"
Cut one strip into four segments each measuring 8.5"
You now have 8 white strips measuring 12.5" x 1.5", and 8 white strips measuring 8.5" x 1.5"

Set aside your stripes fabric pieces.

Tablecloth

White

Cut six strips of fabric 1.5" x w.o.f.

Blue

Cut six strips of fabric 1.5" x w.o.f.

Background

Blue background print

Cut 4 pieces of fabric 12.5 x 5"

Backing

Print or Solid for placemat backs

Cut out four 18.5" x 14.5" pieces of backing fabric as shown below.
NOTE: Use this same lay-out for cutting out your pieces of craft felt (if using felt for batting).

July 4 placemat pattern

Watermelon

Dark Green

Using our template, cut out the dark green piece, using the "A" pattern.
Make another pattern, slightly smaller than A, and label it B. Cut out the light green piece, using the "B" pattern.
Make another pattern, slightly smaller than B and label it C. Cut out the red piece, using the "C" pattern.
Cut out the small seeds from black fabric (or you can embroider the seeds, or paint them on). Refer to the photo of the placemat for seed ideas. Remember to add an allowance if you plan to iron under the edges of your seeds.

Download Watermelon Template A


Refer to our Download Instructions page for instructions on installing free Adobe® Reader® software (you need the Adobe® Reader® to open our pdf patterns).

Sewing Instructions


Use 1/4" seam allowances. Iron between each step. Read through directions completely before beginning.

ASSEMBLE OHIO STARS

This is a very easy way to make the Ohio Star quilt block. Put your 32 2.5" squares of blue in one stack and the 32 2.5" squares of white print into a second stack. With right sides together, lay a light fabric square over a dark fabric square. You should have 32 sets when finished. Draw 2 diagonal lines on each piece of light fabric. Sew 1/4" on each side of ONE of the diagonal lines on each set. Cut along the drawn line. Open and press seam toward dark fabric. Now, lay one square on top of another square, this time being sure that a dark piece is right on top of a light piece, right sides together. Be sure that seams line up directly over one another. Extend the line onto the dark fabric. Sew 1/4" on each side of the diagonal line. Cut between lines. Open and press. Square down to 1.5" finished squares.

star

To assemble the star, place four 1.5" blue squares in the corners, place one 1.5" white print square in the center and arrange the four triangle squares as shown. Sew three squares together to make a row, then sew the three rows together to create an Ohio Star block. Make 16 Ohio Star blocks. Ohio Star free pattern

STRIPES BLOCKS

For each placemat, sew two sets of 12.5" red / white stripes and two sets of 8.5" red / white stripes. Each set should have a red strip, then a white strip, then another red strip.

WATERMELON BLOCK

First, you must create the tablecloth. You should have 6 strips of blue and 6 strips of white, each measuring 1.5" x w.o.f. Using 4 strips of blue and 4 strips of white, sew the blue and white strips together as shown below. Each set has 4 strips sewn together, alternating blue and white. Set the extra strips you didn't use aside for another project (or as back-up for this project). You should have two stitched sets of strips. Then, cut the first strip into 26 1.5" pieces. Cut the second strip into 26 1.5" pieces. This will actually give you 4 extra pieces. Cut the third strip into 12 1.5" strips. You will have a total of 64 strips that are made of white and blue blocks alternating. You will need 12 blue/white strips for each placemat (four placemats will need a total of 48).
4th of July placemat pattern
4th of July placemat pattern
free stars and stripes placemat pattern

Once you have your pieces of blue and white squares, arrange them as follows: alternate pieces so that one has blue at the top and the next has white at the top. Sew the pieces together, right sides together. You will end up with a checkerboard, that is 4 squares high by 12 squares long. The total tablecloth piece is 4.5" x 12.5". Trim the upper and lower edges of your tablecloth piece if necessary so they are even. After trimming, the piece may be slightly smaller than 4.5". That is alright because we have allowed extra on the background piece.

Sew your tablecloth piece to your background piece, right sides together. Trim the top of the block if necessary so the entire block is now 8.5" x 12.5".

Applique the watermelon. Iron under all sides of the applique pieces. Place the dark green piece down first, right side up. NOTE: (Optional) If you wish to reduce bulk, you can machine stitch 1" in from the perimeter of the dark green watermelon piece. Turn the block over and cut away the tablecloth layer INSIDE your stitch lines. Your machine stitching will be covered by the other watermelon layers that will be placed on top. Turn piece back over. Applique dark green piece into place. You can applique using hand stitching or machine stitching. If machine stitching, stitch as close to the edge as possible. Place the light green piece over the dark green piece, right side up. Line up the top edges of the light and dark green pieces. Applique into place, stitching the top edge first. Place the red piece over the other two, right side up and applique into place, stitching the top edge first. Applique on the seeds (or embroider or paint them on).

To applique without the ironed under hem, simply cut away the 1/4" allowance around the outside of the piece. Use your sewing machine to sew a satin stitch around the perimeter of the piece. Fusible web is helpful for holding the piece in place until it is sewn. If you prefer, you can use a decorative stitch around the perimeter, such as a blanket stitch.

NOTE: To keep the bulk down, you may want to cut away areas of layers that are not needed. For example, after your dark green watermelon layer is sewn into place, you can flip your block over and cut away the checkerboard area that is inside the watermelon stitching. This way, you do not have too many layers. Refer to our Cat Applique Wall Hanging pattern for an example of how to do this.

watermelon quilt block
finished watermelon block

Assemble The Placemat

Assemble the placemat as follows. Create three rows of blocks, then sew the three rows together.

NOTE: I made a mistake on the placemat on the right, below. I used 16 rows of blue/white squares so my placemat was wider. Your placemat will look like the one on the left.

4th of july placemat pattern finished placemat

Refer to General Quilting Instructions and Assemble And Bind A Quilt for instructions on finishing your placemat.

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