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Stack-n-Slice Placemats (a second quilt project)

Andi Stanfield, Learn to Quilt with Andi from True Blue Quilts

Stack-n-Slice Placemats (a second quilt project)

Andi Stanfield, Learn to Quilt with Andi from True Blue Quilts

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Lesson 1: Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 2: Quilting basics

    • 3. Lesson 3: Fabric layout

    • 4. Lesson 4: Piecing a Stack-n-slice Placemat

    • 5. Lesson 5: Quilting the Placemats

    • 6. Placemats Lesson 6 Finish

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Quilted placemats are a great way to learn how to quilt. They can be customized in a variety of ways.  You can choose fabric that coordinates with your kitchen and dishes, something that relates to personal interests, or favorite colors.

Because of their small size, placemats are also a great project for learning a new technique.  Stack-n-slice is improvisational - change the angle and size of your pieces to create a totally different look.

For this class, you will need basic knowledge of sewing a straight seam, a sewing machine in good working order, as well as a rotary cutter, mat and ruler.

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Andi Stanfield

Learn to Quilt with Andi from True Blue Quilts


I left the high school classroom after 16 years teaching math and social studies. Now I am free to quilt full time! I enjoy every step of the process - from selecting fabric, to making individual blocks, to free motion quilting. Join me as we enjoy, experiment and excel while we quilt.

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1. Lesson 1: Introduction: welcome. I am Andy Stanfield, long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. Today I want to share with you the stack and slice placemats. This is an improvisational technique. Perfect for a second quote project. I will not be teaching you how to use a sewing machine. Rather what? I will focus on the specific steps for putting stack and slice blocks together. Placemats are a great project for trying a new technique since they are small and you will be able to finish quickly, think of them as many quilts and enjoy the process. Here are the supplies you will need for our stack and slice placemats. Take a screenshot of this list and gather your materials. Choose a focus fabric and three coordinating prints of cotton fabric. Then find matching thread and all your sewing essentials review the instructions in less than two quilting basics. And then we will start our placemat project in less than three 2. Lesson 2: Quilting basics: welcome to the stack and slice placemat class. This is lesson to quilting basics, where I explain some of the core skills that you will use in most quilting projects. Let's get started. Start with pieces ready to so place one piece face down on top of the other, lining up the edges where you are going to. So quilters refer to this as putting right sides together. Quilting uses 1/4 inch scene. My sewing machine has printed lines to the right side of the needle that show the quarter inch mark. Many sewing machines also offer a special foot that has a bar at the quarter inch to help line up your fabric in the correct position. Take the time to learn where to place fabric on your machine for an accurate seam allowance to test your seam allowance used to small squares. Cut at 2.5 inches, the scene will take 1/4 inch from each piece, so the finished unit should measure 4.5 inches. Here is the formula to check the dimensions of any unit, add the lengths, then subtract half a niche for the scene to get the final wit If your unit measures to small, you need a smaller seen. So move the fabric to the left. Units that are too big are easier to correct. You can stitch a larger seen by moving your fabric to the right under the needle or just trim the unit to the correct size. Pressing is the last important factoring quilting you want. The seems to lay flat quilters generally pressed towards the darker fabric. You can set the seam by briefly pressing the back side of the unit, then press from the front to make sure everything is flat and straight. The quarter inch seem and pressing to the dark side are the quilting basics. Gather your supplies and join me in less than three as we begin to make our stack and slice placemat. 3. Lesson 3: Fabric layout: welcome to stack and slice placemats. In this lesson, you will learn how to lay out and cut your fabric for this improvisational technique. Juice, a focal fabric and three coordinating prints. One that quarter of each is perfect to make four placemats. Start by pressing old fabric and stack everything right side up. Trim a straight edge along one side of the fabric, then cut everything to about 15 inches by 18 inches. Measurements are not exact. When we start, we just need a rectangle at least a inch larger than our finished size. Now you are ready to improvise. Use a long ruler to cut once on the horizontal, then cut two or three more times at a vertical slant. You need at least an inch of fabric between the cuts to allow for scenes. There are no exact measurements for these cuts. You decide how close together, or how slanted to make each slice. Next is the shuffle. Leave the fabrics in place in the top left corner in the second pile, move the top fabric to the bottom, move to layers to the bottom in the third pile and move three layers in the last pile. shuffle the fabrics in a similar method for additional sections so that a different fabric is showing in each section. Each layer will become a separate place mat. It is helpful to take a picture at this stage so that you can remember what pieces are touching each other as you begin to sow the sections together. When you are finished cutting, it is time to so each place not together join me in less than four for the stitching instructions. 4. Lesson 4: Piecing a Stack-n-slice Placemat: welcome to stack and slice placemats. Lesson for sewing the placemat. Once our fabric layers have been cut and shuffled, we are ready to sew. Stitch the horizontal seams first, then the vertical seams work from the left side and but right sides together. Two. So the short horizontal scene alternate, pressing up, then down for each unit so that the scenes nest When piecing the vertical scenes. Sticky notes are handy for labelling pieces and making notes about pressing once all the units are sewn in pairs, so the vertical scenes. When you match the pieces, the bottom edge will not line up. Place a pin where the seams intersect on the edge you are sowing, and don't worry about the other side. Press the vertical seen in either direction. Join all units to complete the placemat. It will not make a perfect rectangle. That is why we used over sized pieces to begin with. Visit your dining table to find a sample placemat. Use this as a guide for your final measurements and cut your stack and slice placemats to this desired size. The next step is to layer the place mat with batting and backing. Lesson five will describe the quilting process 5. Lesson 5: Quilting the Placemats: welcome to stack in. Slice placemats less than five. Quilting the placemats. Cut your batting and backing fabric at least an inch larger on all sides. Put the backing fabric face down, then layer the batting and placement on top. To make the quote sandwich, Use large safety pins, one in each section to secure the layers of your quote sandwich. Take the quote sandwich to your sewing machine. I am using the regular presser foot, but you may have better luck and less puckering by using a walking foot or a free motion. Put with the feed dogs down. Use the scenes as guides to quote straight lines across the placemat. Gently stretched the fabric using firm and consistent pressure from your hands. Remember to coordinate the movement of your hands with the speed of the needle. Start quilting in the center of the placemat. The excess will easily fit into the throat of your machine built off the edge and turned the project to quilt a parallel echo line. Remove pins as you come to them. Even the best quilters will occasionally have puckers. They're generally not noticeable. Once the item is in use, you can decide if it is worth the effort to rip out and try again. Move across the placemat toe ad quoting lines to both sides of all scenes. Then you are ready to finish the placemat. Lesson six covers the finishing process. 6. Placemats Lesson 6 Finish: welcome to the final lesson in the stack and slice placemat class. Take the quoted placemat to the cutting table. Remove any stitches that go beyond the edge of your placemat. An easy finish is to bring the excess backing over and stitch it down on the front of the quilt. First, carefully trim away the extra batting. You can use a rotary cutter, but check and double check that the backing fabric is out of the way. This will prevent disasters like holes in the backing. When this happened to me, I switched to Plan B and used a traditional quote binding pin backing out of the way before trimming the batting. Once the batting is trimmed, you will see the extra backing fabric ready to use as the binding. Trim the backing so that it is 3/4 of an inch all the way around the place mat. For a miter corner, place a ruler across the corner just past the top fabric and trim away the extra triangle of fabric. The edges will form a miter corner, ready to be stitched in place. Fold the backing twice, about 1/4 inch each time to bring it to the front of the placemat pin in place about every inch around the edge of the placemat. Set your machine for a zigzag stitch. Make sure the plate under the needle has a wide opening. Set the stitch to the desired with of a zigzag and so a zigzag stitch along the front of the placemat so that it catches the edge of the binding. Here is the finished stack and slice placemat with straight line quilting and a rolled over binding Thank you for watching the stack and slice placemat class. Remember to share your progress pictures and finish placemats in the project to gallery. Let me know if you have any questions. Visit True blue quilts dot com firm or quilting tutorials and inspiration.