I haven't been quilting as much as I think I should. But I have been reading books (not audio or even digital). What a treat!
|Classic side of the placemat
This weekend I made a placemat for a very special friend. Tipi was one of my mother's best friends. She didn't want anything big, but said that a placemat would be great. She mentioned dark red, blue and yellow.
All of the fabrics were from my stash. I did have three fat quarters from the same line, full of beautiful roses. I'm not sure that it's her style, so I added some more funky flowers to the mix.
The placemat will go with whatever mood she's in - one classic and the other fun and scrappy. I used a blue and yellow Provence style fabric as well as many red, yellow and gold fabrics from my stash and scraps. I put two log-cabin type blocks together.
|Fun and scrappy side of the same placemat
The first, more classic side, comes from the Square Scramble pattern by Kate Colleran in the Spring 2016 Quilts and More magazine.
|Square Scramble pattern by Kate Colleran
I free motion quilted (FMQ) the placemat with an all-over design of small flowers with a couple of loops. I used a slightly variegated beige thread (King Tut, 40 wt. from Superior Threads) for the top.
|Free motion quilting in beige on the classic side
The bobbin was another lightly variegated yellow thread. I love how the yellow shows up against the dark reds.
|Free motion quilting in yellow on the scrappy side
- Even when I was really careful with the cutting and piecing, my classic placemat didn't come out even. I'm really going to have to take our guild's course on sewing with accuracy. Even if it's not my idea of fun, being accurate when I'm trying would be nice!
- I love the two different sides of this placemat. One classy side and the other fun and scrappy. Great for any mood!
- I don't often use an all-over pattern when free motion quilting. Because of the two different sides, I believe that this was the best way to go.
- Square Scramble pattern from Quilts and More magazine, Spring 2016
Classy & Scrappy placemat
20" x 13"
Classy side - Square Scramble pattern from Quilts and More magazine, Spring 2016
Techniques: piecing and improvisational piecing, FMQ
Great News! Classy & Scrappy was featured on Free Motion Mavericks!
Linking Parties: I will be linking this post to the following link-ups. Check out what everyone is making! MOP Monday, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Moving it Forward Monday, Oh Scrap, Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers, Free Motion Mavericks, Needle & Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop?,
Update: I linked to Sarah Goer's fun linky, Show Me Something Improv.
I am linking this post to Sarah Goer's Show Me Something With Squares.