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« on: December 29, 2011 10:42:34 PM »

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!  Grin

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. Smiley

Comments and critiques would be appreciated; I hope you enjoy the placemats.


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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011 01:29:56 AM »

I'm so glad your Grandma liked them, I imagine the whole time you were waiting you were holding your breath.
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011 07:00:59 AM »

froggirl02 - these are beautiful - you did a great job!  I LOVE the bird fabric - where did you get that, do you remember?  Or the name of the fabric, manufacturer, etc.?   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011 08:11:23 AM »

Thanks, Antidigger! Thanks,fiddlegirl8! I got the bird fabric at JoAnn's about a year ago. As it happens they still sell it on their website. Link: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=xprd1108983

I got the daisy fabric and the backing fabric from JoAnn too but I can't remember the name of either. I looked on JoAnn.com but no dice, unfortunately. I think it would be pretty easy to find pretty fabrics to go with the birds from your stash though. Smiley 
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2011 05:22:02 PM »

Thanks,fiddlegirl8! I got the bird fabric at JoAnn's about a year ago. As it happens they still sell it on their website. Link: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=xprd1108983

I got the daisy fabric and the backing fabric from JoAnn too but I can't remember the name of either. I looked on JoAnn.com but no dice, unfortunately. I think it would be pretty easy to find pretty fabrics to go with the birds from your stash though. Smiley 

Thanks bunches, froggirl!  I'm going to order those birds - I do like your other fabrics and may look around for something similar. 

Again, good job on these gifts - those combinations and your sewing is just great - love this stuff!!  You have inspired me today!! (and yesterday too!)  I like it when someone else puts stuff together and it just looks fantastic to me - and I have to mimic what they do!  I'm a copy-cat!   Smiley

Happy New Year!  2011 is almost over now!  Cheesy
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