So remember the scrumptious PamKittyLove fabric I got from Santa?
Well I took a deep breath, pulled the FQ bundle off the shelf, rounded up some embroidery floss & ric rac ...
tossed in a few other prints from my stash,
and made some long overdue Valentine placemats for my 2 girls. (The last ones I made are about 6 years old and have seen better days.)
Oh my daughters are so patient. They've become accustomed to their mother's secret-last-minute-cram-sewing-holiday-stuff routine.
I finished the placemats late in the evening on Valentine's - past bedtime - so I laid them on the kitchen table where they would surely be found the next morning.
I had so much fun with this project. It was like making a puzzle without the lid - no idea what it was going to look like when it was all done. I loved doing puzzles as a kid. And playing around with fabric like this is one of my all-time favorite things to do.
I started by cutting a 5"x6" piece from each fabric. I know that seems like an odd size. But 4x6 didn't seem quite big enough. And 6x6 ... well that was just waaaaaay way way too much to sacrifice.
Don't ask me to explain. There's no rationalizing the irrational.
Then I spread the pieces out and waited for them to start talking to me. (I know ... more wingnuttiness ... but that's the way it goes around here.)
Then I got this overwhelming urge to fussy cut ...
Then I started joining pieces together, making bigger panels and sections.
There are over 40 pieces of fabric in each 10" x 14" mat.
I do the "same-but-different" thing when I make gifts for my girls and wanted the mats to have different colored ric-rac trim.
But I also like the idea of incorporating something from each girl's thing into their sister's thing ... in this case, it's the ric-rac.
Of course I had to embroider their initials ...
And as if the fabric didn't have enough hearts already ...
You know, I've made lots of placemats, but they always end up getting stained and faded and ruined - which makes me not want to make more ... 'cause they get wrecked.
But I was in the mood to make something pretty for my girls and was totally inspired by the fabric. So I decided to heck with it - I was going to use my newest, prettiest, PamKittyLoveliest fabric to make something nice for my family to enjoy. Never mind if they don't last.
Well, excuse me while I take a moment to wipe a tear of joy that has just formed in my eye. My sweet little apples? They did not fall far from the tree. They've already asked if they could please save their placemats to hang on the wall in their new bedrooms (we're building a house ... I promise an update on that soon). If I'd known they were gonna do that I'd have thrown in some lace trim too!
What's even funnier is when I show my husband a "miniature quilt", he just nods and says, "Nice placemat".
Now I need to decide if I'm going to make more placemats ... that aren't quite as nice ... so we can all enjoy them on the table! LOL!
Life is good. :)