Friday, June 14, 2013

Placemat Extravaganza!

I’ve been working on a lot of various projects these days, but finishing very little. I don’t really care since there aren’t deadlines looming, but if I don’t finish something, there’s very little to blog!
Last night I finished two sets of placemats for my brother, sister-in-law and family. There’s not really a deadline, but since they’re moving away for a couple of years, I guess there is a deadline unless I want to mail them to Denmark.

Both sets are variations of the same pattern - "Take Four" by Cary Flanagan. The top one has 3 side strips while the one below only has 2. It’s a great pattern that only requires 4 fat quarters, plus of course, the batting and the backing.

These placemats had smaller, move even strips, so I quilted them by using a decorative stitch between each fabric.

These placemats are quite a bit larger.  They also have 2 wider strips on the bottom that I had to quilt.

I made some loops for a couple of the fabrics; quilted in grids for the darker fabric; and even quilted a couple of oak leaves with acorns on one of the placemats. It’s a great way to practice my machine quilting.

I'll miss my brother and his family. These will be a great reminder of home.