Thoughts and photos shared by me ... Marcia. I am a professional modern freestyle long arm quilter and a fiber artist, a photographer, and a novice gardener. I love to create quilted items using old and new fabrics. I am also a mother, a daughter, a friend, a wife and a Grandmama! I am a blogger and I share it all here... Welcome!
This week, we were to be inspired to create a quilt by a season or all four seasons. I selected summer.
I made "His and Hers Placemats" for our camper kitchen table. The fishing one is for my husband and the blue coneflowers are for me. I can't wait til it is summer again. I made a third one for our grandson as he will be spending some time with us at the camper this summer.
I selected a dark brown fabric for the borders for all three of them. I plan to make more before summer. For this week's quilt challenge I created the "His and Hers Placemats".
I quilted the borders with Wiggle Line Quilting on all three placemats. I quilted with a small meandering quilting in the main rectangle and the three side squares.
I selected a tan and brown print for the back of all three of them.
I quilted with a dark brown quilting thread on the brown borders and blue and the blue fabric and a cream for the fish and kids fabric,
I had fun taking a few photos with my pretty blue plates.
Then I pulled out a square plate, that I think looked pretty cool on the fish placemat or the His Placemat.
I finished each placemat with a different embroidery stitch on the binding. A flowery one for mine and a tiny stretch stitch for my husband's placemat and a zigzag stitch on the placemat for my grandson.
I am teaching a binding class tomorrow in Richland Center, Wisconsin. I call the class: "All Machine Embroidery Stitched Binding with perfect Mitered Corners". I will take the placemats as examples for the class on Saturday, along with all my other quilted samples. Here's how I made my placemats: Main Fabric: one 11" X 10" rectangle (the 11" side will be horizontal) and three 3" X 3" squares Dark Brown Border fabric: two 3" X 1 1/2" strips one 10" X 1 1/2" strip two 2 1/2" X 14 3/4" strips (Top and bottom border) two 2 1/2" X 19 1/4" strips (side borders) The last four border strips can be made longer and wider to make a larger placemat. Stitch it together in the order of the photos.
I am sponsoring 2 prizes for each of the Quilt Challenges again this year. I have been sponsoring since Season 2. Check out the list of prizes HERE. Thanks Kim (Project Quilting) for inspiring quilters all over the world! Hop over and check out all the beautiful quilts created in only ONE week! It is amazing! Enjoy your day and may your "Confetti Tree" always be full of confetti for all of your celebrations! Marcia
You make one Bow Tie Quilt Block a day. There are 366 days in 2016. Or you can make 7 blocks in one day for the week. Whatever works for you. You can make them any size. There is a facebook group for posting photos of your Bow Tie Quilt Blocks. Bow Tie Challenge Group. Just ask to join.
I am going to make mine 4 1/2" Quilt Blocks. At least the first ones. I plan to use scraps from quilts I have made over the years and quilts I will be making this year. Here's how I made mine:
Bow Tie fabric: 2 1/2" squares and 1 1/2" squares - 2 of each. Background fabric: 2 1/2" squares - 2 I am using an assortment of creams and whites and tans.
Stitch the centers of the bow tie first and trim away the excess. See photo.
Stitch as shown in photo.
Open and then stitch as shown in photos.
Open and press/iron.
I made them both on Saturday, January 2nd. I needed to make 2.
I pinned them on a bulletin board to help me remember to make one each day.
I have been cutting creams, whites, and tan fabrics for a while to get ready.
Yesterday, I cut the blue pieces for the Bow Tie fabric for today, but I did not sew it together. I will sew two of them on Monday.