These placemats are finally finished! They look super sweet, don’t you think?
I had coerced my childhood best friend to go to a quilt shop with me when I was visiting her in Iowa last fall. She doesn’t sew or quilt, so I’m not sure just how interested she was in this little venture idea of mine, but good friend that she is she came with me to give me some advice with style questions. (She is always on top of the current trends…a helpful wingman for me!) Anyway, we were moseying and she spotted this collection of Christmas fabrics and accidentally made the comment that she wished she could sew because she would love to make something from them.
I pounced on the opportunity. Yes dear friend, if you knew how to sew these would make adorable placemats! Well, if you would like to purchase the fabric, I could, you know, design placemats and make them for you! Oh pish posh – that is not too much work. I’d be thrilled to!!
Clearly I love this a bit too much. I’m convincing other people to purchase supplies for themselves so I can play with them! (I’m rolling my eyes as I type this. People have therapy for these sorts of problems!)
Anyway, a year and a bit later, here they are! I’m off to the post office today to put these in the mail to her. I was considering also writing up my pattern that I created in case others wanted to give it a go. What do you think?
What I loved: The piecing was super simple in my pattern, and the large pieces gave me plenty of opportunity to practice my free motion quilting. I actually tried to follow lines I had drawn on this time instead of totally winging it. It didn’t go super well, but I still loved the results. And, although I severely dislike the process, I did hand stitch the binding on (read: I make a stitch in every other stitch of the seam so my whip stitch is perfectly even) and it looks practically perfect, if I may say so myself.
What I learned: I am horrible at getting fabric calculations to work out properly! I’m sure there is a quilt program that can help me with this if I chose to abandon my graph paper ways, but seriously. Why is it that I always miscalculate the loss of size with making seams? I scratch my head in puzzlement every time. (Not literally. But I am frequently puzzled).
What I’d do differently: Aside from having proper measurements the first go around, not much. I did notice that I need to stitch further out when I run my free motion quilting off of the edge because on some edges I stopped stitching a little too soon. And I accidentally made a pucker with one of my bindings. Oops!