Handmade Holiday continues around here in so many different forms.
Birds and the Bees Placemats:
As I mentioned in my last post, my step-mom fell in love with my Birds & the Bees quilt. It’s a yellow, grey, and black beauty that she gravitates toward each time they stay over. I had some triangles left over from making that quilt and decided that she needed some placemats to brighten up her table. I had 47 triangles remaining (I think I over-cut just a little bit) but I still had to cut one additional triangle in order to split those evenly into 4 placemats.
Once sewn into 2 rows they did not quite fit a standard placemat size so I just added side and bottom strips as needed to get it up to size (14×18). I completed one and then took the same design to the other three. Wavy quilting for the win! The density really helps them lay flat on the table. I backed them in the same fabric I used to back the quilt. It’s a bird print from JoAnn’s.
Large Trail Tote:
I, once again, pulled out the pattern for the Trail Tote. But this time I decided to make the large size. My mom loved the two small totes I made for my step-sisters but mentioned that she would like something that her iPad would fit in. She was not a fan of the 241 tote that I shared last week so I hope she’ll like this one. The fabric is from JoAnn’s but it shimmers really prettily. I used a paw print fabric as the accent pocket inside the bag. She’ll love that little bit of whimsy for the dogs that she adores. And I just love this Tim Holtz music fabric.
Stash for Holiday projects:
The placemats I made earlier were not the plan when I entered my sewing space. I was planning on making some for my brother. But I could not decide on a good base fabric. I found one I thought would work but didn’t have enough. So I popped over to Etsy to see if I could find some more. At a shop called Stitches ‘n Giggles, I found the fabric and wonderful prices.
The fabric is Reel Time – Lenses in Slate by Zen Chic. While there I also found the Sports Column Concrete print from the Varsity line by Sweetwater. My brother is a sports analyst so it is perfect. It will probably be used in a pouch of some sort rather than the placemats. I would use this together with the Reel Time fabric for the placemats but the greys don’t play well together. I couldn’t pass up this Graph Paper fabric. So simple but so fabulous! I believe it is from the Modern Minis line by Lori Holt. Holly’s Tree Farm – The Forest….no explanation needed. It was a must-buy. I’m having a ball making all these gifts. There is so much enjoyment in creating that I’m basically giving myself a gift as well. Still more to come….I’m on a roll….