Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Christmas at Throwback Thursday

Welcome to the last Throwback Thursday of 2019! We've had some wonderful linkups and walks down memory lane. 😊 I'm also hosting Free Motion Mavericks (week 258), so please link up here.

Throwback Thursday

I made both of these Christmas placemats during a quilting retreat a very long time ago - before FMQ (free motion quilting).

This first one - the mittens placemat, is as simple as it gets. Four pieces of fabric sewn together and a pair of mittens appliquéd to one of them. I used a zigzag stitch for the mittens and then hand quilted some of the obvious lines, such as the tartan, the trees and around the blocks and mittens.

Mittens placemat
Last year, I noticed that both placemats were in need of some loving care. I sewed inside the mittens to stabilize them and then FMQ some snowflakes within the large white block. You can see the details below. 
Adding some extra stitches and FMQ snowflakes
I made this doggy placemat for my daughter. I believe that it started with the block on the bottom left. From there I made an easy strip block and a half triangle block. I appliquéd the dog onto the large white block.
Doggy placemat with a pieced block.
I hadn't even hand quilted this placemat because my friend had used decorative stitching around each block. However, that really wasn't enough to keep this piece stable after many years of washing and use. So last year I quilted in the ditch of the block and then added a lot of FMQ in all of the other areas of the placemat.
FMQ more snowflakes in the background

These are very obviously some of my first quilted projects. I love that they have served us well. They come out every Christmas to be used by my daughter and I. The boys said that they didn't need a Christmas placemat - as if it was about need!

I've really enjoyed partnering with Sandra at mmm! quilts on hosting Throwback Thursday. Unfortunately, this is all of the pre-blogging quilts that I have, so I will leave Throwback Thursday's linky party back in Sandra's very capable hands. Thanks Sandra for sharing this fun linkup with me!

Linking parties
I'll be linking up this post to several great link-ups. Why not see what's going on? Monday Making, Colour and Inspiration Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Put your foot down, Needle & Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Friday, Finished or Not Finished Friday, Friday Foto Fun, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Peacock Party,

Throwback Thursday (TBT) Link-up for December

Hi! I'm hosting Throwback Thursday (TBT) for Sandra at mmm! quilts this month. Link up your pre-blogging projects below.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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  1. These are just so sweet Andrée! I love that they have lasted so well, and that you continue to use them each year. Exactly! on the boys and 'need'. Thank you for sharing the hosting; it's been a fun year!

  2. These are cute. I love the little dog, it's adorable. Thank you for sharing them on Put your foot down. Glad they are still around for many more years of use.

  3. It's lovely to see your placemats and how they have lasted through the years! I too have a throwback that I need to go back and put some quilting on!


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