I decided I was going to make place mats with the left over wonky log cabin fabric back in ... oh, JUNE! And, finally, in the last couple of weeks I finished them.
I used this quilted place mats tutorial on Pink Penguin. I modified it a little. First, the size. I made ours the size of the green place mats we use now ... so slightly bigger than the tutorial. I also decided to make them double sided, instead of a solid back. Also, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to play around with free motion quilting and the walking foot on the new sewing machine. So all the quilting is different; some I like more than others.
|a fun little swirl turned flower-ish. this is one of the ones that I just started quilting without any real plan.|
|a couple of the straight line ones. I should have slowed down. So, ya know, the lines would've been straighter!|
|the only stippled one I did. Man, I got hand cramps and had to take a break, TWICE. But I really like the look. Maybe one day I'll bite the bullet and actually stipple a quilt!|
|all 10. 8 regular sized ones and two smaller ones (for the kids) that were just left over blocks from the wonky quilts (those two have solid black backs)|
We'll still use the green place mats until they are ready to be retired, but it's pretty nice to have place mats that match the black napkins and blue dishes a little better. Plus, I only used fabric, thread and batting I already had.