I was asked to make some placemats for a friend. She wanted something that looked like Spring/Flowers. I'd seen something online years ago (can't remember where), and decided to do something similar.
I made 4 different blocks, using fabrics from the Pioneer Woman collection.
Then I cut each block into quarters, and stitched a quarter of each block into a center square block.
I then used some of the extra strips I'd cut to make side pieces.
I finished 8 of these placemat tops. I have the center squares stitched to make another set of 8 placemats and a set of 6 placemats. I need to cut more strips for the 2nd & 3rd sets. Meanwhile, I spray basted the first set just before supper. Hopefully I'll get them quilted in the next few days.
At my little quilt guild's sew-in last Thursday, Sharon showed us a portable design wall that she had made. She'd gotten the idea online. Well, I copied her idea, and made me 2 of the portable design walls.
To make the portable design walls, you need one of the folding cardboard sewing mats, 2 curtain rods (48"-84" adjustable) and 10 large binder clips. You also need some batting and some packing tape.
I already had several different folding cardboard sewing mats that I've picked up at thrift stores and garage sales over the years (they are great for protecting my dining room table when I spray baste small quilts). These come in two different sizes. I pulled out two of the larger sizes (72" long instead of 60" long).
|2 sizes of folding cardboard sewing mats|
I cut batting to cover these, and folded the extra batting around the back and taped it.
|batting taped to the back of the folding cardboard mat|
Next, you take your adjustable curtain rod and lay it along the edge of the mat, on the back, and attach it with the binder clips.
|front of portable design wall|
|back, showing the curtain rods|
I made two of these.
|2nd wall is folded|
Now I need to make some bags to store these in. These will be great to take to sew-ins, etc.
Another lady at my sew-in, had a different portable design wall. She'd bought a folding display board, then covered the front of it with batting, and taped the batting to it. Her portable design board sits on her table by her sewing machine. Both are great ideas for portable design walls.