Saturday, January 20, 2018

Project progress

  Everything in the sewing room seemed to be so long term.  And this week I needed, absolutely required, a quicker project that could be finished. 




   And nothing soothes me like working with floral fabrics.   I decided on  a couple of place mats as a quick project. 
   I worked these up using 10  2'' squares across and 8 squares down.   This would be excellent practice or a first project for anyone wanting to work with values.   I enjoyed playing with squares again that I made 2 more smaller ones for the kitchen island.

  Quilting was simple straight lines---easy and fast.











  I had questions this week about the mixed bindings that I carry on about using on my quilts and projects. 
Maybe this photo will give an idea of what I used on the mats.  I used two floral prints that were mainly blue.  Just joined and stitched down.....they just seem to blend and work well together. 
  On a larger project or quilt I will often have 5 or 6 different prints in the binding.  I will sew them together based either on color or value.   For example, I might begin with a light strip, then on to medium value, and then a darker strip.  Other times I could just mix the whole shebang together and let it rip.  I am not going for a prize but enjoying and using what I have. 

  Other questions came about the quilt rack Sir Old Man made for me about 7 years ago.  Unfortunately, the question was from a no-reply blogger.....so no return comment from me.  Please, if you want questions answered, we have to have an email to respond to.   Link your email to your account, or ask questions directly via email.  And yes, I can direct you to the plans for the quilt rack, but I have no way to tell you that. 

  Much nicer weather this weekend....sun is out.  We still have snowy patches, but that we can live with.   Like most everyone else I am looking for spring already :)  Happy stitching.

17 comments:

Linda Swanekamp said...

They are wonderful. I would hate to get food on them. I have never used cloth placemats as spilling on them would greatly trouble me. I could use some smaller quilt projects though. Floral colorwash is super.

QuiltShopGal said...

What beautiful placemats. So cheerful. Someday I hope you'll share a tutorial on how you play with your fabrics to get such interesting results. Total #CreativeGoodness.

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Janet O. said...

How delightful it would be to enjoy a meal or snack with those beautiful "gardens" as the backdrop!
The need for a finish really motivates much of my mini making. :)

Ray and Jeanne said...

I love your placemats - they are gorgeous! Every time you use them, I think you they'll make you smile because they are so cheery. Sometimes you just have to take a break from those long/large projects and this was a great one. ~Jeanne

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice placemats. You need a touch of color and Spring in this dreary winter.

Quilting Babcia said...

You are so right, this would be a fabulous way to introduce newer quilters into the world of colorwash quilting, and some of us older quilters too, hehe! And what a cheerful sight to greet you in the morning with your first cup of coffee and a muffin. Love them!

Siver_Angela said...

Акварель ваша прекрасна!

Barbara said...

Very pretty. I sometimes want to do something I can finish in one day too, so I understand the sentiment.

Louise said...

I really enjoyed these photos, Debbie! The close up shot really shows the vibrancy of the florals. Your stash is amazing! I'm glad you had a fast, easy finish to give you that satisfaction of a job well done. I did a very similarly sized project myself this week, but it was specifically sized to fit inside a wooden serving tray as a decorative liner. The tray didn't NEED a liner, but I had scraps that NEEDED a use :)

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Those placemats look like a breath of spring! Lovely.

Gene Black said...

These are just lovely. Your use of value and shape are wonderful. I really should try making a watercolor quilt again - but it does indeed take quite a stash of fabrics to make it work.

Susan Ulrich said...

I have always loved your floral watercolors! I can just sit and stare and get lost in them! Thanks so much for posting!

MissPat said...

What a great idea for placemats and a super one to practice the colorwash technique.
Pat

Cheree @ That Morning Latte said...

I’m always s a fan of multiple fabrics in the binding and it looks great her! It always seems like a great way to use up the scraps from the quilt. I’m not quite ready for spring as it means so much outdoor work—which I love but I haven’t felt like I’ve had that winter rest yet. Would like tons of snow in February (a blizzard or two even)—and then bam! spring. None of that drawn out blah stuff we usually get!

Cheree @ That Morning Latte said...

Correction: “...looks great HERE” (sorry!)

Mary said...

As always, your work is outstanding.

Mystic Quilter said...

These are little gems!

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