Saturday, December 10, 2016

improv strip placemats

I've been meaning to make new placemats for our home for quite some time now. I wanted something simple and uncomplicated and I'm happy I finally settled on these improv strip pieced placemats.


All the patchwork strips came from my scrap box, yay! It always feels extra wonderful to make even a tiny dent in the amount of scraps I own. I'm pretty sure they multiply every time I turn my back on them :).


I machine quilted my first placemat, but I simply didn't like the way it looked. I think I secretly really wanted to hand quilt them from the beginning, so I ripped all the machine stitches out, pulled out my hand quilting supplies, and got to work.  Oh, such joy! The finished mats do feel a bit luxurious with all the hand quilting, I love that.
 

I used some of my screen printed Essex linen panels for the backings and love the extra stability they add to finished mats. Oh, and I added one layer of cotton batting to the middle as well. Makes place mats soft and squishy without adding too much bulk.

Each mat finished at 12" x 16" and I'm super excited to start using them.

Wishing you all a beautifully relaxed and creative weekend. Svetlana


12 comments:

  1. I'm working on handmade Xmas presents for my family. Stokesrenee@gmail.com

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  2. I love it. I'm going to make those - you inspired me.

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  3. I love these! I wouldn't let anyone eat on them if they were in my house though-hahahaha!

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  4. These are lovely...a hand quilting certainly adds that somethin' special element. I love that these don't match and everyone gets something special just for them.

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  5. I'd love to sit down at your table!

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  6. I love these stripes. They really show off the fabrics and hand quilting is a great finishing touch.

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  7. Wishing you all a beautifully relaxed and creative weekend.

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  8. These are beautiful. Your fabrics are perfect on the back. Hurray for hand quilting bliss! I often get intimidated about the time commitment, but then when I start a hand quilting project I remember how much I adore the process.

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