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Naturally I have started work on Christmas projects.
First, a “big boy bed” quilt for my younger grandson, which is ready except for binding.  Here are some of the cute fabrics and the cozy flannel backing:

I made a set of Christmas place mats for a quick place mat class I’ll be teaching in December.And I’ve finished the top for this quilt to be given to some special people who presumably do not read my blog!This is a modification of a pattern I found in a Quilter’s World publication called Autumn Colors:I kept the size of the squares and the idea of wonky stars. I love wonky stars! However, I added a row of squares all the way around, repositioned the stars, and eliminated the big borders. I’ll show it again when it’s quilted and bound.
What are you up to?

Snowmen All Around

Here’s the sample for my next class at Studio Stitch in Greensboro. I taught Trees All Around last year and there was a request to repeat it this year. I thought it made more sense to teach something the-same-but-different, so I chose this cute pattern from the same designer, Quilted Garden.

Quilted Christmas tree skirt

Snowmen All Around, my class sample from a pattern by Quilted Garden

And here’s a picture of Trees All Around (my class sample), also by Quilted Garden.

Garden Gate Quilts

“Trees All Around”, class sample made from the pattern by Quilted Garden Designs

Here’s a closeup of one of the snowmen.  I had just a little bit left of the “jeweled” trim I put on a friend’s wedding veil earlier this year, so this little snowman has a fancy hat!

Quilted tree skirt

Detail of my class sample for Snowmen All Around

The class will be Saturday, October 28, at Studio Stitch in Greensboro (NC, USA).  If you’re in the area, come join us!


Time to Start Christmas Projects!

I liked this block so made it into a holiday placemat

I liked this block so made it into a holiday placemat

“Christmas in July” isn’t an excuse for a party if you’re a quilter, it’s the way it has to be if you want to give a finished product rather than a promise on Christmas Day! Placemats make great gifts and there are so many options that you don’t get bored making them. Here are a few ideas.

LeafPlacemats all labelledIn general, a rectangular placemat needs to be about 12″ x 18″, though variations from this can work just fine.  One Christmas I looked up some cute Christmas block patterns and made one of each, the added borders to make them placemat-size.  Each family member now has an individual holiday placemat.

One of my favorite ways to make placemats is to stack 4 coordinating FQs (fat quarters), cut them up randomly, and re-assemble them.  I then trim to the finished size.  If you do this,

This was made by stacking FQs and cutting them randomly

This was made by stacking FQs and cutting them randomly

9Patch placemat labelled

This was a stack of FQs cut freehand to make a wonky 9 patch placemat

you’ll need 4 coordinating FQs for the placemat tops, about 1 yd of fabric for backing, and about 1/3 yard of fabric for binding, assuming you cut your binding 2″ wide.  You can cut the fabric as many times as you like, any way you like.  This is a good time to do some improvisational piecing since you’re only risking 4 FQs. If you want more than 4 placemats, add more FQs.

I gave my husband the woodworking shop of his dreams–on a placemat!

There are many placemat patterns available, but I’ve mostly made up my own.  Here are a few more pictures, including one showing my husband’s ideal woodworking shop.

Now, go make some placemats and send me pictures!

I couldn't resist these coffee-themed fabrics

I couldn’t resist these coffee-themed fabrics