Prismatic medallion inspired placemats

Hi all! Man I’m bad at this whole blogging thing. Seriously, where do the weeks go?! Looks like my once a week blogging schedule is more like once a month….let’s pretend that’s what I intended all along….


Anywho, today I thought I’d revisit one of my favourite makes (that I’m yet to getting around to make for myself). If you follow me on Instagram  you’ve probably seen these before. I made these placemats for my sister…last year some time? They are based on the Robert Kaufman Prismatic Medallion quilt (pictured below on the wall from the lovely Annabel). I couldn’t be bothered with triangles and bias edges and all that faffing about, so I turned it into a foundation paper piecing pattern (I just drew it up on a piece of A3 paper and cut it out).


I had a few requests for a pattern, and I’ve finally made one! Well, calling it a pattern is a bit of a stretch. It’s a tutorial. With some templates I’ve drawn up in Powerpoint, because I could not for the life of me figure out how to do it all fancy in Illustrator like the pros. And some very rudimentary directions below.

I’m assuming you already know how to foundation paper piece, but if you don’t, there are loads of tutorials out there. Craftsy has a good free one.

Print out the pattern here: PlacematPattern.pdf

The pattern makes one placemat, so if you want more you will have to print extra copies.

Paper piece each of the 8 sections. Once pieced, join:

  • A to B
  • C to D
  • E to F
  • G to H

Then join:

  • AB to CD
  • EF to GH

Then finally:

  • ABCD to EFGH


I made mine with a mix of solids from my stash, and I backed them in a fun Hungry Caterpillar print (which I forgot to get a photo of) so they could be flipped when the kids are eating. Quilt and bind using your preferred method and enjoy!

As always, let me know if you have any questions!