Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Quick project

  I'm ready to quilt Summer of Love, or I thought I was until I read a post on Borderline quilter.  Kay does beautiful quilting and she showed a quilt that was transformed from simple and plain to amazing.  The quilting blended and softened the blocks.  Hmmm....I need to re-think how I am going to quilt  this, afterall.  So,  I side tracked to do something simple and easy and let the quilting thoughts simmer.
 Here's what I started with:  more batik strings and strips like I used for the table runner. 

Placemats----Ingredients required:
Strips, strings, or scraps of your choice
batting cut to size--12" by 17"
fabric for backing--approximately 12 1/2" by 18"

Once I had pieced large sections of strings together, I used the batting as a foundation to sew and flip the sections together. 

I cut the batting about 1/2" smaller  overall  in each direction....that way I don't have to trim it ot of the seam after sewing.  Stitch around all sides, leaving a 3 inch opening for turning.   I also leave the backing fabric larger and trim down after sewing.  After pressing, I straight stitch around all four sides about 1/4" from the edge, then I free motion quilt.  Done!





    Strings are so easy.  I do love quick and easy.  There may be a string quilt--or two-- in my future.  That is, after I get the big yellow one quilted!
Happy stitching.

4 comments:

  1. Isn't it great how we all learn from and inspire each other?

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  2. For something so quick and easy they look stunning. Love the colours you have used. I followed the link you had and looked at Borderline Quilter. I must agree with you about thinking more carefully in regards to the difference the quilting can make. Very appropriate.

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  3. Looks great and what a nice change from all the huge quilt projects...I may need to thing about it...I spend a lot of time working on "Big" projects and quilting for others!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I love the way your placemats turned out.

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