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Set the Table


When I was quite young, my mother taught me how to set the table. I think it’s something that most parents teach their children as soon as they’re able to help out. Sometimes children ask:


Which side does the knife go on?

Which side for the fork?

Which way should the knife be turned,

Ready to eat pork?


Sharp side in or sharp side out?

How close to the plate?

What if there’s a spoon as well?

Can you tell me, mate?


So I decided to come up with a way to make it easier for a child to learn to set the table. Somewhere I had seen a set of placemats that showed exactly where to put the cutlery and where to put the plate.

At the same time, it was a good way to learn what the primary colours (red, yellow, and blue) were. The green was a bonus.

I made these quite a long time ago (eight years), but as I looked through some old photos, I came across them. Since I’m going to a quilting retreat next week, I thought I’d share these with you. I didn’t use a pattern to make the placemats. They’re quite simple. But I did cut out the shapes for the plates and the cutlery using cardboard tracers.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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58 thoughts on “Set the Table

  1. This is so wonderful, Anneli, you are so creative! ☺️

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  2. Interestingly, why do left and right handed people have to set the table the same way, I wonder?

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  3. Super idea, Anneli! And I love the vibrant colours of them!

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  4. I love this, Anneli! You’re so creative.

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  5. This is a great idea! I wish I’d known about this when my kids were young. 🙂

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  6. I especially like the use of the primary colors. I still have quite vivid memories of the red, yellow and blue wooden chairs in my first grade reading circle, and of my primary colors fingerpaints. I suspect these placemats would have been equally memorable if my mother had made them. Very clever!

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  7. Awesome idea Anneli and so colourful. Just what a kid would enjoy. Happy quilting. Allan

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  8. What a good idea to do such happy placemats for kids. But I think they are also very nice for everyone else. I love them!

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  9. What a sweet idea. They’re very attractive too.
    I bet you’re looking forward to the retreat.


  10. Those are darling. I also learned, place forks/spoons in the order they’re used–outside in. That always helps me even now.

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  11. Nice job, Anneli. Have fun at your quilting retreat next week.

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  12. This definitely caught my attention Anneli. So amazing.

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  13. You have so many talents, Anneli ❤

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  14. What a brilliant idea for children! I had those questions when I was little, but no guiding placemat to help me. Have fun with your quilting. It’s so nice to have these pursuits back after the pandemic. Cheers.

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  15. Great idea, Anneli, and these are adorable with the primary colors. Have fun at your retreat!

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  16. What a clever idea! I so love how these help children learn the primary colors too. 🙂

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  17. It’s been so long since I set a table that I could use those! They’re so cute, Anneli. What fun. Have a great time at your retreat. I can’t wait to see what you create. 🙂

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  18. Putting your quilting talents to work while you teach primary colors and table setting—I’m impressed! A great post, Anneli!

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  19. What a nice idea! I could imagine those selling quite well if you wanted to go down that route.

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  20. Creative way of teaching and sharing so much more. Anneli, may your quilting journey bring many blessings.

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  21. These are so clever! I think “kids these days” need the added visual, because parents these days seem too harried/rushed/busy to teach a lot of this etiquette. I happen to think a well-set table is not old-fashioned, but civilized and beautiful.

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