Housewarming Placemats

What’s not to like about moving back into a home after a sizeable remodel?  There are probably a few things about older furnishings and color palettes that no longer work for you.

So when my friends moved back into their new space, I whipped up a few placemats to add freshness to their dining room table.  Each placemat is slightly different, with grays and blues matching their kitchen.

Dinner time.

They were also quilted with straight lines and slightly different geometric patterns to keep each one unique.

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Soup time!

I wanted to wash them before delivering them, but time escaped me.  I thought it would be fun to see how they looked with the crinkled quilted look but I will have to wait until I visit again to get a peak at them.    For the back, I chose a simple gray pattern that allows the placemats to be reversible.  I love how they came out.

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Simple back

The binding was a fun pick as well.  Herringbone, to frame the over-sized mats.

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Colorful binding

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The mats finished out at 14 x 18, a very generous size.  Now to make a few for my house!

WIP Wednesday 2017-05-17

I’ve been quietly working on the Sewcial Bee Sampler sponsored by Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland.  Working with colors and contrast has been my focus, though I love seeing the Sampler contribute to more perfectly made blocks than I was making a year ago.

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#15 Broken Dishes might be one of my favorites.  The colors work really well together.

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I do also love this block #14, Star + Cross, with the squirrel feasting on a late night snack.  The quilt colors and characters will be perfect for our cabin!

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This block #13, Flying Geese also came together nicely.  Great practice for flying geese, and realizing that 100% cotton thread does affect block size!

We are over half way complete on the sampler.  You can find more details on the QAL here.

I am also working on the Milky Way Sampler QAL by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts.   I decided to make two, one for the silent auction at school next year and one for our cabin.  Allison Glass for one with a gray Kona background, and a myriad of contemporary prints for the other.

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It is my first paper piecing project and am enjoying how perfect paper piecing makes each block.  I’ll definitely be doing more of these!IMG_6411

Both of these are the Alpha Centuri block in the two colorways I selected.  I added metallic to the center of one – not perfect, but I love the reflections it provides and depth to the star.

Thanks for reading along and I am looking forward to next week’s blocks and post!

Butterfly Pillow 2017 05-06

I had an extra block from the butterfly quilt I made during the winter.  You can find that finish here:  Butterfly Finish 2016-12-24.  Waste not, want not…I decided to make a pillow.

The binding fabric was from one of the main butterflies in the quilt, though the pillow front is a much softer purple/pink color palette.  Arguably, it is a bit out there.  My rationale was that the same person now cuddles under the quilt and takes a nap with the pillow.  I had my doubts when I went for it and my doubts continue to linger.

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It is a bright pop of color, which my friend Bon loved.

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The quilting isn’t so obvious, but it is a stippling in white Aurifil thread.

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The pillow finished at 16 x 16.

Makes me want to take a nap.  Does anyone have that feeling when a project finishes quickly?