So this Christmas I undertook an extraordinary challenge. I decided to not only make homemade presents for everybody on my list but I also decided to make some homemade quilted placemats for my exacting crafter-and-homemaker-extraordinaire Grandma-in-law. She is a very special lady, she's needed some new placemats for ages, and I really love her. But she intimidates the heck out of me. She throws out batches of cookies if they are a shade of brown on the bottom. Eeeeep! Nevertheless, I did what any crafter should do: raided my stash, brewed some tea, and got to work.
I made up the design myself and kept it very simple. I had some panels of birds in ~8" squares and lots of blue fabric. Behold the resulting combo:
I made a set of six placemats using one of each bird design.
I kept the quilting simple. First, I outline quilted the bird. Then I quilted the outline of the square and finally the edge of the entire placemat. By doing a narrow edge I was able to catch the gap I left to turn the placemats right-side-out after initial assembly, thereby circumventing both having to hand-stitch and having to use binding. Mwahahahahaaha!
Here are some more close-ups:
And here is the backing fabric I used:
I assembled the placemats using chain-piecing which really expedited things.
I was so nervous when I took the box over. My in-laws were nervous too because they knew how long I'd been working on these and how difficult Grandma can be about accepting presents. More breath was held than just my own on Christmas Eve when she opened the box. I am very happy to report that Grandma loved the placemats. Huzzzzzah!! She has been using them all week.
Comments and critiques would be appreciated; I hope you enjoy the placemats.