Saturday, June 25, 2011
Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap Placemats - and a reminder!
I just finished up my placemats for the Spicing Up the Kitchen swap and I am really happy with how they turned out! This is the first big swap I have done, and I have to admit I will have a bit of a hard time letting these go... they are definitely nicer than any placemats I have made myself. My partner said she likes Anna Maria Horner so I used a number of her fabrics and let that guide the color choices for the other fabrics I used as well. I had a great time making the patchwork band on each one different and think they make a fun set. Lawson was a bit befuddled by how much effort I put into something for a total stranger, but it was really fun to get to be inspired by someone else's taste (luckily very similar to mine) and I hope my partner loves them!
I added a line of running stitch embroidery echoing the band in a different color on each placemat, and then I did some straight line quilting. Most of the quilting is just through the top and the batting and was done before I attached the backing.
I used a variety of Anna Maria Horner prints for the backs, these could definitely be used on the reverse side as well.
I like how the backing peeks out at the side edge showing a bit of that color!
I couldn't resist testing them out with a placesetting to see how they would look... I think this postage stamp one is my favorite of the set. I may have to make another set for myself...
In addition to making these for the swap, they are also my item for this month's Bloggers' Dinner Party!
The party is open for three more days - through the 28th - so you still have time to enter for a chance to win this lovely fat quarter bundle from Sew Fresh Fabrics. Remember, you can either enter a new project, or something you have made anytime in the past year, as long as you put up a new post! The full details to enter are on the Bloggers' Dinner Party Page (and you can check out the lovely items that have been entered so far while you are there!).
Also, I'll be linking up to Sew Modern Monday on Canoe Ridge Creations on Monday - check it out to see others' modern sewing finishes!