Monday, December 9, 2013

Homegrown Kitchen Set, Part 1

The other day I was looking back through the last few months of posts, and I realized that there have been a lot of Best Friends Forever posts, and not much else! Except my big finish, of course. I figured it's time for some variety!

So today I pulled out this Homegrown collection of fabrics from Connecting Threads. A few hours later, I finished a potholder!


LOL. No, there's more than that!


You can see another potholder coming in the centre of the mat, and at the bottom right are strip sets that have already been cut 2.5" wide, ready to be added around the edges of these...


...which will be placemats.

The vegetable print is more like a light home dec weight than a quilting fabric. Perfect for placemats and potholders. It's almost all gone, but I see there're still some kits left.

I adapted the patterns from the kits to my own sizes, and I was able to streamline the construction by using the same strip sets for both the placemats and the potholders.

Normally I put everything away at the end of the day, but today I am living dangerously and I have left it all out and hope to finish the construction tomorrow. They probably won't be quilted until after the holidays. My plan for the new year is get more serious with some FMQ practice, so these are the first to be prepared for that.

See you again tomorrow, with luck!

14 comments:

  1. Hello Monica,

    The chosen fabric is lovely, just perfect for the kitchen items.

    Happy sewing.
    Bev.

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    1. Thanks very much, Bev! It's quite cheerful, isn't it?

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  2. I love that you left everything out overnight and I understand about "living dangerously"! I did the same with my quilt, and I never do that either. But... the pressure is on! What can I say? Are any of your pot holders or placemats Christmas gifts? (love the prints, BTW).

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    1. Thank you! No, they're not gifts, I've come to my senses on that score. I'm not built for deadlines, so when they're done, they're done!

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  3. these are looking good. Like you I would like to master FMQ next year

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. I think it's just a question of setting our minds to it!

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  4. Go Monica! Love the harmony - and the confidence.

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  5. Living dangerously, huh? I guess I must be darn near suicidal then. You should see my sewing room. LOL! Anyway, the project looks great so far and it sounds like you are having fun with it.

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  6. I love that fun vegie fabric! The colourful borders you are adding are wonderful! What a great idea to practise FMQ on placemats.

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    1. Thanks very much, Rachael! For me the trick with FMQ will be to have things that are nice, but not too nice, to practice on. Then I won't be too worried if I screw it up!

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  7. They will make a very cheery set for the kitchen. So nice to have pretty things to use and brighten dreary winter days. I think I might make a set involving snow or ice as we are heading into our very hot summer now. Might be able to think myself cooler lol.

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    1. LOL, something in icy blue, maybe! Thanks, Katherine!

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