Monday, July 24, 2017

Color block placemats

     Rarely do I ever sew anything but quilts. I am perfectly happy with it that way. However, I have an art teacher friend who had a birthday and our group of five celebrates our birthdays with food and a craft. My friend, Terri has been very good to me over the years with her estate sale finds. I thought she would like if I made her something. I have already done totes and scarves and potholders, so I thought of placemats. I wanted something with elemental colors as she had been an elementary art teacher. I found a great mug rug tutorial  but had to figure out how to upsize it for placemats. Using the online proportional calculator, I tried a 2" square and a 2 1/2" square size and found a 2" one gave me the correct sizes. I wrote these down on the printed mug rug tutorial so I always have them. 
    What I did not keep in mind was that although one was quick and fun, four took a lot longer to sew. When it came to quilting them, I used a variegated rainbow thread. Each placemat took a bobbin of thread. Pretty crazy. I used a text fabric that showed art terms for the back and picked one of my crazy fabrics I like to use for binding. They are about 15" x 19". It took about 8 hours to make these. I should have made a wall quilt in the time it took.
All pieces cut. Lots of auditioning to get fabrics right.
For example, a dk green would not work with the others.

Front all sewn before trimming
Seams sewn on back, opened up

Pinned for quilting on the 301
Quilted with variegated Isacord



Vicki W said...

These are so cute! I love them!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Those are great. They'd go with all of my dishes.

Mystic Quilter said...

Beautifully colourful and a neat pattern.

Anonymous said...

Those are great! Worth the time.

Debbie said...

What a great finish! So worth the effort to figure it out for her. Priceless gift:)

ES said...

These are lovely I especially love the binding!

Sarah said...

A fantastic gift - I hope ur friend loved them!!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

A perfect design for the placemats for an art teacher! She will probably think they are too pretty to use. I agree that placemats are time consuming to make but probably more appreciated that wall art for lots of people.