Thanks for visiting today! I promised last week that I was going to share a simple placemat tutorial and pattern with you. I had never written a pattern before, and you know, it’s not as easy as you might think, even though my pattern is not complicated! I’m not sure I have pattern writing in me, but hopefully the instructions are clear ( I did include LOTS of photos!) and you will have success with your placemat- making endeavors 🙂 . I would love to have feedback on my instructions…what was clear, what was confusing, etc. Feel free to leave me a comment in the comment section at the end of this post.
So I ended up making 2 of these placemats.
The first one was just to see if I enjoyed making it ( I did!), and then I made the second one to try out my pattern instructions. We are not a placemat-using family. I grew up using tablecloths and that is what we use ( unless I’m feeling really lazy and then we might just eat at a “bare” table). Anyway, I had fun making these.
They are not at all complicated and I liked the fact that they don’t match…I was even toying with the idea of making one with just the hind-side of the bunny showing. So no eyes or whiskers, but just a cute little tail! Maybe we will become a placemat-using family after all!! If you are not a placemat user either, you could easily follow the instructions for the placemat and then sew them end to end to make a cute little table runner! If you end up making something, please make sure to show it off on our Facebook group page!
What else to share?! Oh yes, I was so excited last week to make an improvisational pieced quilt. I was inspired by Sarah’s quilt in this book: With improv piecing you basically “build” your various components and then make them all fit together by adding pieces where needed and lopping them off where they are not needed…that was super fun! Here are some of my “building blocks” in progress:
And here is my completed quilt top:
I had SO much fun making this, that I promptly dove into my bookcases to see what other books might inspire me to do more of this kind of piecing.. I think I have a few that will do 😀
Then I went on a search on the Internet and found some great examples of improv piecing there too. I started a Pinterest board just for those types of quilts and you can check them out if you are interested! Be warned! These quilts are so inspiring, you might have to start one RIGHT AWAY! Here is just a sneak peek at the ones I collected:
Just one last little thing to share and then I’ll be done…promise!
I have a new pen pal who is located in Australia and I thought it would be fun to make her a little teeny quilt. So I fused and free-motion appliqued and quilted this little one:
I don’t know what prompted me to go with a sailing theme, but that is the idea that popped into my head. I am hoping that my pen pal likes it, and just maybe I can make her a quilter too?!
I wish you a creative week..until next time!