First, my modern guild members wanted to add some of the quilty things they’re thankful for to my recent list. They are thankful for:
- The way quilting connects us to generations past and future
- Having time to do what I want to do, which is quilting
- The opportunity to learn new quilting techniques
- Inspiration from friends
- Friendships made through quilting
- New viewpoints from others in the group
- Deadlines to motivate me to get something finished!
- A husband who can find his own supper 😀
Second, I am thankful to be able to teach classes, and there were some pretty place mats made at a class I taught last week. You can click on any mat to get a better view.
OK, true confession: I loved everyone’s fabrics and was forced to buy some of those fabrics before I left the shop…
Third, I finished the mats I made to demonstrate in class. They’re for two little boys who are learning to sit at the table to eat but are too young to read this post, so it’s safe to show these!
Any holiday sewing at your house?
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?
This is a quilt I made a few years ago to practice cutting curves freehand. It never looked as good as I thought it should, for various reasons.
This one had to be cut up and made into placemats!
I loved the quilted leaves, but I thought the golds should have been more similar in value; the light ones stood out too much. It always bothered by husband that the curves didn’t line up from block to block. Anyway, it never got much use.
Then I decided I needed more placemats, and hit on the idea of cutting up this quilt into placemat size pieces (18″ x 12″). So I trimmed off the binding…
And used my extra-big square to cut pieces 12″ x 18″.
Then it was time to search for binding. Of course, I had no more of the fabrics that are in the quilt, since it was made several years ago. Eventually, I decided on the second combination:
Here are a couple of the finished placemats:
Even some of the backs were interesting, and showed the quilting better:
There was only this much left over:
So, if you have a quilt that didn’t quit work out, maybe it would make good placemats!