August ’17 OMG Finish

My August ’17 One Monthly Goal was to quilt and bind four placemats for the daughter of a longtime friend and her new husband as a wedding gift. I’m pleased with how they turned out. See my August ’17 One Monthly Goal post for more information on the pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and my color choices.


Each of these placemats shrank a full inch in both length and width after I washed and air-dried them, so they are now 12″ by 17″ which still accommodates a large plate. I did not pre-shrink the fabric but may do so the next time I make placemats.

Do you generally pre-shrink your fabric for quilting projects?

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: August ’17 Finishes.



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17 Responses to August ’17 OMG Finish

  1. Linda Mincher says:

    The placemats turned out great. I’m sure they will love them. I generally pre-wash all of my fabrics. They usually don’t go on the shelf without washing. If I buy a kit and there are small pieces I don’t usually pre-wash. Does that make sense?? Congratulations on the finish!


  2. For me, even if I pre-wash my fabric, I still get about that much shrinkage on placemats due to the batting crinkling.


    • Yvonne, I’m horribly late in responding to your comment about my wedding gift placemats. I appreciate you letting me know your experience with shrinkage with placemats. I now lean toward not pre-washing fabric for future placemats. Take care, Mary.


  3. Nann says:

    The placemats will be an appreciated gift. I like the blocks of color!


  4. Patty says:

    These look really nice! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!


  5. Warm Quilts says:

    A beautiful wedding gift! I don’t typically pre-wash fabric (except reds and bright colors). I don’t pre-wash the batting.


  6. Helen says:

    I’ve never preshrunk fabric . All that extra ironing puts me off . Great placemats , the happy couple will be pleased


  7. Danette says:

    Loving your placemats!

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  8. Those are fun looking colors used!


  9. Lovely quilting on the placemats. I have never pre-washed fabric. It’s possible you experienced some shrinkage with the quilting.


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