Thursday, June 29, 2017

Folk Art Fantasy Blog Hop {Bunny Patch Placemats Tutorial + Giveaway}

Update: the giveaway is now closed, winner noted below!

Happy Thursday! Today I am your host for the Folk Art Fantasy blog hop, showing off Amanda Murphy's latest fabric collection!


I have long been a fan of Amanda Murphy's fabric, and this collection is no exception! The prints are fun and unique!


This one might just be my favorite because it has bunnies in some of the prints! I decided to use this as my inspiration to make some reversible patchwork and applique bunny placemats!



You will need:
One 10x10 stacker of Folk Art Fantasy (or approximately 2 yards total of various fabrics)
2/3 yard of fabric of your choice for binding


Before we start cutting, we need to sort our 10 inch squares. You will not need all of them!
-- Pull out four (4) white or light colored 10 inch squares for our bunny applique sections
-- Choose twenty four (24) squares that will be your "featured" fabrics on the "front"


For clarity, I will call the side with our applique bunny the "front" and the scrappy patchwork side the "back".

For each of your twenty four (24) featured fabrics, cut the following pieces in order: cut a 10 x 3.5 inch strip first, then cut the remaining piece into a 6.5 inch square and a 6.5 x 3.5 inch rectangle. By cutting precisely and in order, you will be able to cut these three pieces from a single 10 inch square.


Set aside your 6.5 x 3.5 inch rectangles and your 10 x 3.5 inch rectangles. Using your twenty four (24) 6.5 inch squares, sew together in groups of six to create four "front" pieces for our placemats.


Trace the applique motif of your choice onto fusible web four times. Iron these onto your four white or light colored squares and trim along the edge of the design. Remove the backing paper and iron onto the center of each placemat "front". Machine applique as desired.

(And yes, that is the same bunny clip art used in the header of my blog!)




For each "backing", you will need six (6) 10 x 3.5 inch rectangles and three (3) 6.5 x 3.5 inch rectangles. (You will have twelve extra 6.5 x 3.5 inch rectangles.) First, sew your 10 x 3.5 inch rectangles in pairs of contrasting fabrics, and then sew a 6.5 x 3.5 inch rectangle to each pair, as shown in the first picture. Sew three of these units together for each backing, for a total of four backings.



Layer together the backing, batting, and fronts and quilt as desired. I love to use batting scraps for projects like these! Note: your front pieces and your backing pieces will be the EXACT same width. Make sure to align them when you're pinning!


I quilted my placemats with a simple meander in white. I used 2.5 inch binding and bound these completely by machine for strength and stability (because I know these will end up in the washing machine on a regular basis!)




If you're interested in winning a fat quarter bundle of Folk Art Fantasy:

1. For everyone: leave a comment telling me what sort of shape you'd applique in your version of these placemats! (one entry)
2. For followers/sharers: leave a comment telling me how you follow -OR- share this post on social media and tell me where you shared it (one entry)

The giveaway will be open until Monday morning!

Update: our winner is Emily C!



If you haven't already, check out the rest of the posts on this week's hop!
Tuesday: Mandy of Mandalei Quilts 
Thursday: Alison of Little Bunny Quilts 
Friday: Amanda of Material Girls Quilts
Thanks to Amanda Murphy and Benartex for inviting me to share Folk Art Fantasy with you!

Sharing at Finish it up Friday!

127 comments:

  1. These are adorable! I might put a flower of some sort on the placemats--but I love the white and how it stands out! I'm going to share this on Facebook and Pinterest! Thanks for the cute ideas! Love this fabric!

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  2. Love the simple pattern for the placemats. The applique would depend on who I was making them for. For my granddaughters and family, I would applique a puppy shape.

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  3. Alison the choices are endless but I would make these for my grandson with different animals ,maybe embroider the animal name or even the sound they make

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  4. Oh Alison, those are so cute and so you! What a great project. :)

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  5. Adorable Bunnies! I love them, I would chose those for a spring-like project and maybe even go with a horse applique' to showcase the fabrics even more!

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  6. I think i would go with various fruit shapes to give the placemats a kitchen theme like apples, cherries, bananas, etc.
    Thanks for sharing a great giveaway!

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  7. Folk Art Fantasy is such a pretty collection! I'd applique a different flower on each one as they'd be used for outdoor dining! I do love your bunnies!

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  8. I am a happy follower of yours on Bloglovin'!

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  9. Love the bunny! A hexie flower would be great, too.

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  10. Cute placemats. I might put a house on them. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  11. I follow on BlogLovin. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  12. Alison, your placemats are as cute as can be. I love the little bunny rabbit.
    I would applique a cute little bear on mine since I have bears every where in my kitchen.
    Thank you for the chance.

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  13. I would applique a rooster on mine.

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  14. Cute fabric collection. I would probably appliqué a vine with leaves.

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  15. I am following via email, Bloglovin, and IG!!

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  16. Such pretty fabrics! Your bunny is cool! I would make a turtle shape!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  17. I follow you by email. Have a super day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  18. I'd use either chickens or dogs since I have both! LOL!

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  19. I would probably use a bunny, but more the racing bunny that is on the black fabric (if it would fit). I have uninvited bunnies in my yard--chewing up things--so they would be "racing".

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  20. I have several family members who are crazy about horses. Since some of the prints have horses, I might like to try that.

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  21. I follow your blog on my blogger dashboard/GFC.

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  22. Great placemats, Alison! I would choose the outline of a cat.

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  23. My grandsons would like frogs on their placemats.

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  24. I follow your blog and Instagram account.

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  25. I follow your blog with bloglovin.

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  26. I would applique flowers and berries. Love these prints.

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  27. Love your Bunny! I'd do Strawberry's for our placemats! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I follow your blog on Bloglovin'.

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  29. I think the bunny is perfect since there are some bunnies in the prints. For something different I think I would try a daisy type flower.

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  30. I love your bunny! Frogs have been a big thing around our house lately--so that's what I would likely do. Such a fantastic line!

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  31. Looove your Placemats!! The Bunnies are AWESOME!... Think I would do Kitty shape for Daughter...and Chicken for other Daughter! Not sure for me...yet giggle...
    Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way! :)

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  32. I already follow thru Email, Bloglovin & Pinterest too :)

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  33. I do hoard layer cakes - how did you know? Love your bunny but if I were to choose something else, how about a variety of bunny treats: carrots, cabbage, kale, ?

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  34. I'm a new follower on IG @lolly2430. PS It's fun you are a chemist by day and are able to use your creativity with fabric at other times. People who are not trained in the sciences do no understand that science also has an "art" to it.

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  35. I would use a bee cutout because my satellite quilting group makes bee themed items for gifts.

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  36. I think the bunny is perfect.

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  37. I really like your bunnies, so I think I'd try some of those.

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  38. I'd applique a sun on the placemat. Love your bunny!!
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  39. I follow you on bloglovin: Nicole Sender & Instagram: @minibea123.
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  40. I was charmed by the bunny fabrics when I first saw them. I would put a 5-petal fantasy flower on my placements, but your bunnies are cute too.

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  41. Such a cute bunny! I might put each of my children's favorite animal so they'd know where to sit without fighting :)

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  42. I love the bunny, but I think I would use a puppy instead or maybe a fun flower, like a daisy or sunflower.

    Sandy A

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  43. I follow your blog through Bloglovin!
    Sandy A

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  44. I love the bunny, but I could also do a kitty! Too many cute choices. I follow you on my blog!

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  45. Love the bunny - it's a perfect match for the fabrics!

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  46. love your applique bunny. I love these fabrics! sew pretty

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  47. I think I would appliqué the names of the people in our family. We have Christmas placemats with names, but could use some for everyday use.

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  48. I would put a scottie dog on the placemats since we have a scotty dog. What a cute idea to put an animal on the placemats.

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  49. I would applique a simple house shape on mine and gift them to someone close.

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  50. I follow your blog via Bloglovin.

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  51. While I love your bunny, I would probably appliqué a flower! The bunnies in my neighborhood love my flowers!

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  52. I would probably appliqué a cat on mine and give them to my daughter-in-law. Thanks for the great pattern and chance to win.

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  53. I follow your blog via Bloglovin.

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  54. Adorable! I would applique a dachshund!

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  55. I follow your blog with bloglovn!

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  56. Good grief that turned out sweet. I would do the bunnies they look great. I wouldn't change a thing.

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  57. I am a follower via e-mail.

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  58. I w po uld use a moose or bear. . happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  60. Little black cats on the rug print.

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  61. I think you could make them to change for the different seasons -- angels, cats, leafs, etc. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  62. Those are cute, Alison! I might applique a white flower on each.

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  63. I follow you by email. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  64. I follow you on bloglovin. :)

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  65. A playful puppy would be cute or maybe a duck/goose. :)

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  66. I follow you on instagram. . @lutzbrown, happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  67. How about a traditional house block, that would echo what is in the print. Gotta love the horse and buggy too. It looks like a great fabric line, thanks for the giveaway. Tarnia.hodges at gmail dot com

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  68. I love houses and I would applique a house on mine. Thanks for the chance to win such pretty fabric.
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  69. I follow you on Bloglovin and I shared the giveaway post on Facebook
    Pauline
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  70. I like the bunny maybe I would make each one different.

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  71. I like the tulip in the top print. I think that would look good appliquéd on the placemats.

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  72. I would do a bunny too!
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  73. I follow via email ksmith8@emich.edu

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  74. I'd have to borrow your bunny! My mil would love these placemats and she loves bunnies too! Thanks!

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  75. I follow you on bloglovin as well!

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  76. I like bunny a lot, and instead of place mats, make a baby quilt in the same design. However, that horse in the green fabric would be fun to include on the mats or the baby quilt...

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  77. And I follow you via Bloglovin.

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  78. Love these cute prints! I would put a kitty on mine. A78mandel@gmail.com

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  79. I like the bunny too, but I might use a cute puppy or kitty. I'm sure there are lots of possibilities. Great tutorial!

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  80. Cute the buuny works for me. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  81. Following on Bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  82. I would put a Gerber Daisy. They are a happy flower.

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  83. I would probably put a different flower on each placemat.

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  84. Double ❤️❤️. I might sneak in a little house somewhere. Thanks for sharing.

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  85. Hi Alison,
    Oh my, these are just so sweet. My niece is expecting a baby in early September and her theme is elephants. I think it would be so cute to make this with her special elephant, Ellie, on them. I just may have to do that . . . very, very soon. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  86. I might do a house but I really like your rabbit.
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  87. I follow you at Bloglovin.
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  88. I just can't imagine what shape would be as cute as your rabbit is, mind is blank!

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  89. The bunny is so sweet-I think I would be very ambitious, but a Fairy! Thank you, Susan

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  90. I follow you on bloglovin! Thank you, Susan

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  91. Placemats are so useful and yours are very pretty. Love your rabbit, and I would also like to echo the houses and horses in the fabric.

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  92. The bunnies are cute. I would also do some in sunbonnet sue.

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  93. In my house, it would have to be a cat. Maybe a different cat on each placemat (sitting, curled up, meatloafing, etc.)

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  94. I subscribe to the Little Bunny Quilts emails.

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  95. So cute! I think I would repeat your bunny design because my 2 littles would love them.

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  96. I would use a heart cut out, because everyone needs a little love.

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  97. I think we might enjoy a mix of dogs, cats, and chickens at our house. What a fun pattern! Thanks for sharing.

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  98. I follow you via email: wordygirl at earthlink dot net.

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  99. I would put dogs on the placemat.

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  100. Thank you Allison for the great ideas and pattern. I'm going to change it up a tad and double the bunny fabric and place on the bunny on the left side of the placemat. I'm going to leave the top portion of the bunny open to hold a napkin that I plan on doing in orange and green so it looks like a giant carrot! Thank you again for the ideas and pattern. Gina Growe

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  101. Hi - I follow you on Bloglovin'. Thanks for the giveaway.

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