Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Christmas in July Placemat Tutorial

Good morning! 

The sun is shining, today's forecast is 85 degrees, and I'm in a Christmas mood! I'm part of Benartex's Christmas in July blog hop today, and I'm sharing a placemat tutorial I made using Cherry Guidry's Mulberry Lane collection. 

These fabrics are adorable! I've always appreciated the addition of aqua into the more traditional red and green colorway because it creates such a fresh look. Here's a look at my completed placemat: 

 In these prints, I especially love all the different vehicles. I had fun quilting this as well--smaller projects are so much easier to maneuver! I followed the circles on the print below, filling in the white space with pebbles. 

Isn't this a fun stripe? 

My original plan was to make a tree using flying geese units. But it was just too straight and not quite right for the style of these fabrics. Paper piecing allowed me to create a wonky tree instead, and I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Head over to Benartex's blog to check out my tutorial. 
Leave a comment below telling me your favorite holiday decoration for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Mulberry Lane fabrics. This giveaway is open through Sunday, July 30th at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Follow along with Benartex's Christmas in July Blog Hop!
Wednesday: Mulberry Lane Placemats by Lisa Ruble
Thursday: Nordic Holiday Star Quilt by Debby Kratovil
Friday: A Moose for Christmas Pillow by Cynthia Brunz
Saturday: Winter Story Wall Hanging by Benartex blog design team

81 comments:

  1. That is very cute. I really like the quilting on the tree. Those are great fabrics too.

    My collection of nativity sets would be my favorite Christmas decoration.

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  2. Fun placemat. Thanks for the detailed tutorial! My favorite Christmas decoration is the handmade angel that goes on the top of my tree.

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  3. What a lively addition to a Christmas table setting!
    I treasure my nutcracker collection -- all German. (Best place to get them is at T.J. Maxx or Marshall's around November 1 when they put out the Christmas merchandise. I keep saying I don't need any more . . .)

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  4. Love this project! Such a darling, simple tree! Favorite decoration? A ceramic bell tree ornament from my childhood. I still feel like I'm 6, every time I see it. lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  5. This is such a sweet placemat and great quilting to show off the fabric and pattern! My favorite decoration is a frosted tree ornament that says "Our First Christmas Together 1983". It's hung on our tree for 33 years!

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  6. That is the cutest placemat, and I will be making a few. My favorite decoration for the manger that belonged to my mother. It isn't Christmas without it set up.

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  7. Actually my favorite deco stays up all year. I have a huge nativity I made 31 years ago while pregnant with my son, and because of the size and scale I keep it up all year on a planters shelf
    I just printed this pattern to make some placemats and a runner

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  8. My favourite decoration is a homemade rustic angel that my brother made years ago.

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  9. How cute this placemat
    design is! I love my
    western Christmas
    ornaments my husband
    carved for me, saddle,
    boots, cowboy hat!
    Carla from Utah

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  10. Very cute! I love the quilting on these.
    My favorite decoration is all the things my grandchildren made for me. Thanks for the chance.

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  11. LIKE YOUR PROJECT!Cute! My favorite decoration are shining Bells ringing in Jesus' Birth! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  12. A corn husk angel for a tree topper that we received as a wedding gift from my mom - 47 years ago! I'm not fond of paper piecing, but those trees may just cause me to give it another try! Thanks!

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  13. My favorite is my ceramic nativity set that I bought 26 years ago. I love your placemat, thanks for sharing.

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  14. My favorite is the Nativity set we had when I was a kid. It shows its wear and tear, but I have not found anything like it since.

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  15. My fav decorations are the ones I made with my children over the years.

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  16. Love to decorate with different kinds of Santas and cookie cutters. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I have a clear, blown glass swan with a shimmery finish; it reminds me of the one my grandparents had on their tree every year.

    Cute placemat, and I really like the quilting on it!

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  18. Cute placemats from cute fabric! My favorite Christmas decorations are the ornaments from my grandmother's tree.

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  19. Thank you for this design! It's hard to pick a favorite Christmas decoration, but I enjoy the holiday placemats and drinking coffee out of Christmas mugs.

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  20. I have a snowman that my mom made when she spent some time with my aunt, after recovering from a devastating illness. I know they had a great time together, and it makes me smile to think of them crafting together, making snowmen in the middle of a hot Iowa summer.

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  21. My needlepoint manger. Made it way back in the late 70s I believe.
    Love your placemat and the flange idea.

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  22. I love the wonky trees! My favorite decoration is a bottle brush tree that was my grandmother 's.

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  23. Some of my favorite decorations are ornaments that belonged to my husband's grandma.

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  24. I love the tree! Thanks. My favorite decoration is our hand appliqué and embroidered Christmas stockings. Even if the tree doesn't get up, we always have our stockings. Two are forty years old.

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  25. my manger scene is my favorite decoration thanks.

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  26. What a cute placemat! My favorite holiday decoration is a nativity set I've had for as long as I can remember.

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  27. Christmas tree with family ornaments. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  28. The Christmas tree, of course. You know when you hear a song, it puts you back to a place and time? As soon as the lights get switched on, I am 5 again!

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  29. Love your placement project and the new fabric line. My favorite decoration is an old ceramic Christmas tree that lights up. It's in my kitchen window every year. grinnie1961@gmail.com

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  30. Tree skirts or stocking hands down...lol... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  31. I love the ornaments on the tree the most!

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  32. Fun placemats, love the wonky tree! My favorite decoration is my stocking made by my mom with little felt appliques on it. It is 60+ years old.

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  33. I like this line of fabric and hope to see it at my LQS. If not will have to look on-line. I love homemade Christmas Ornaments. I relive the making of each one as I decorate the tree. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  34. I really like to decorate with pinecones! Ones I picked up in the woods.

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  35. My favorite decoration is a cardboard sled that my mom used to hold small gifts at Christmas. It is tattered and held together with tape in places, but it holds a special place in our home for Christmas.

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  36. My favorite decoration is a beaded ornament my mother made many years ago. It is still beautiful! Love your place mat!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  37. A door wreath..... always welcoming.

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  38. A door wreath..... always welcoming.

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  39. The very first quilt I made was a Christmas wall quilt. It's my favorite decoration now because it started this whole wonderful quilting thing for me.

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  40. I love my stuffed Polar Bear that comes out at Christmasand stayed through January.

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  41. My favourite Christmas ornaments are those that I have made for my family. I love to work with felt and embroidery.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  42. My favorite decoration is the one my mom had made for me and my husband for our first Christmas. It's even more special now that she passed

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  43. My collection of snow globes always makes me smile at Christmas!

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  44. Loooove your Placemats!! Cool! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :)

    My favorite decoration is several..cause they are the things the Kiddo's made in school..& now they have Kiddo's to make decorations for their Heart Memories! :)

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  45. I just finished some snowmen so I guess they will be my favorites.

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  46. Cute. I love a vintage ornament that was on the tree when I was a little girl. It's a hot pink ball with silver glitter in flowers. I also love the Christmas stockings I made for me and my son. Thanks for the cute design.

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  47. My favorite holiday decoration is a group of hand carved wooden Father Christmas figures that I collected over the years I worked with the man who carved them.

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  48. Sweet placemat!
    My favorite is an old one from when I was growing up. It had a "fan" inside that would spin from the heat of the Christmas tree light bulbs. Luckily, the lights don't get hot anymore, so I hang them from the fireplace mantle and that heat makes them spin now!

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  49. Your quilting on your placemat just makes it!! I have a favorite Christmas decoration. I bought a couple of ceramic angels from a lady that was trying to raise money for Christmas, 44 years ago. One was a pink one, for my daughter. I expecting my second child, but didn't know the sex. However, the little blue one just called to me. When my son was born, I was delighted that I had one for each, and have used them every year since.

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  50. It is so hard to pick a favorite! I have a little china bird from when I was little. It is the only one of a set to survive this long. Then there's the glass ornament from my parents' first Christmas tree, post WWII.

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  51. Love the quilting on your placemat-very nice! My favorite is a Norman Rockwell Christmas quilt I hang in my dining room-my sister made it for me several Christmases ago-my tradition! Thank you, Susan

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  52. Love your placemat. My favorite holiday ornament is our tree topper. It is a fluffy snow owl made of real feathers. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  53. My favourite Christmas decorations are the handmade ones from daughter and grandkids.

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  54. Cute placemats--I especially like the tree!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  55. My favorite Christmas decoration is a Renaissance style angel that goes on top of my tree. She is looking a bit worse for the wear these days but I still love her!

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  56. Felt Christmas Tree Advent calendar-made by me!😊
    I do love your wonky tree!

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  57. Love your wonky tree. Thank you for the tutorial. I like my Christmas wall hangings. I try to make one a year. Thank you for a beautiful giveaway.

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  58. My favorite holiday decoration is the old fashion bubble lights that were wrapped around the Christmas tree. Thanks for the giveaway,, dquilterguy48329 (at) prodigy (dot) net .

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  59. My favorite Christmas decorations are the handmade ornaments made by my mom, my sisters and me from over 30 years ago. Love your wonky tree placemats and the way they are quilted.

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  60. I made some adorable stuffed cats from the a book on Christmas with Jinny Beyer. They are definitely among my favorites!
    My daughters & I also made some dough ornaments years ago--one was decorated to look like my husband. We have him in his workout clothes with his beard & long hair! He had just started running at that point in our lives! No more beard & long hair, but I always love finding that ornament & hanging it on the tree each year!

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  61. My favorite holiday decoration has to be a small spring stuffed with cotton and eyes glued to it. It was given to me when I was only 18 by my baby brother...he made it! I don't put it out, I keep it wrapped with the ornaments, when the ornaments go on the tree, I unwrap the spring and smile. I shared it with him last Christmas.... ALMOST 30 years Later... He was so surprised/ shocked that I've kept it that long!

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  62. Lisa! Well duh!! How did I not connect Ellie Q with you??!! So I'm now signed up to get your posts by email...red face of shame. ;-) Love the wonky tree, and that placemat is totally adorable with it and the other fabrics (first look, thought you'd appliquéd all the circles!) I bet your boys will love a placemat like that. My favourite decoration has to be a shelf sitter (watch how you say that LOL) who is a little moose with a cute little dress and swinging moose-y legs, pipe cleaner antlers, and an adorable face that I got at a craft fair many years ago.

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  63. Oh I love your wonky tree! How cute is that?? Our tree is my favorite decoration, with tons of lights on it. We live in Alaska so the more lights the better in December when it's dark. Thanks for giveaway!

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  64. I love your tree. I put my Christmas bunting up every year

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  65. Love your project and the wonkiness of the tree! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  66. My favorite Christmas decoration is a porcelain scene of the birth of Jesus in the manger. It is very special to me and I treasure it dearly. Your project is fabulous! Thank you for sharing it and have a great day!

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  67. I love your placemat! The Christmas tree is so cute.

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  68. All the silver bells DD gets for Christmas. Love to see her smile when she opens the new one and when they all get put on the tree.

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  69. My favorite Christmas decorations are the embroidered and quilted ornaments that I have made. Thanks for the tutorial for your cute placement. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  70. Love the placemats they bring a brightness to the Christmas decorations. My favorite decoration is a small church an choir that I both in Germany many years ago. Thanks for the chance

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  71. I've made some hand stitched ornaments that I enjoy seeing every holiday.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  72. I've collected a lot of angels over the years and small houses so I make what we call Angel Town. Town is built on boxes (hills/mountains) that are covered with cotton "snow" and angels watch over it. It's lit and peaceful. Makes us happy.

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  73. I just love Christmas! My favorite thing is my tree. I use all silver, gold, and glass ornaments, and some I've collected when on vacations. I never get tired of it.

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  74. I have two trees, that stay up all of the time. one is an angel tree. the other is a sewing theme. Both are in my studio.

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  75. My favorite decoration is a set of wooden, handmade polar bears around a little Christmas tree.

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  76. My favorite decoration is always the tree. We always get a live tree and I love the smell of pine in the house. Getting out all the ornaments we've collected over the years and rekindling the memories associated with each is so fun.

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  77. My favourite decoration is the Weihnachts Pyramide we bought in KaDeWe in Berlin in September 1982. Not quite our honeymoon -that was France - but a short secondment for my husband and I was able to go too.

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  78. I love your placemat thank you. I love snowmen I also get one new every year.
    Thank you for the chance to win the fabric.

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  79. I love Christmas Trees. What a wonderful pattern.

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  80. This is really hard, but I guess I will choose the ornaments on the tree. They have been collected over 55 years of marriage, and almost all of them have memories and stories attached to them. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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