Saturday, January 25, 2014

Homegrown Kitchen Set, Part 2


Here, finally, are the three completed tops for the Homegrown placemats that I started before Christmas! We only ever use three, so that's a complete set for us.

I finished the last seam on them today with just 7 inches of thread left in the bobbin! Don't you love it when that happens? "Clean living," is what I always call it. :D

To refresh your memory, here are the two co-ordinating potholders as well:


The next step will be to quilt them, with a combination of straight and free-motion quilting. I'm hoping to buckle down to that soon. It's several years now since I last did any FMQ, and I was never more than a beginner, which is why I want to practice on these placemats before I do Highlands Houses. It's always the first step that's the hardest!

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  1. best of luck with the quilting I am sure they will look great when finished, I have bought some heat resistant wadding and plan to make some some time

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! We have a few purchased potholders with that heat resistant wadding, and we don't like them because they are too stiff. I am going to try to use just a couple of layers of regular cotton batting, and see how that works. I'll let you know!

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  2. Nice and cheerful placemats! Good luck on the FMQ, I'm not very good either.

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  3. They look wonderful!! How handy that 3 is a set. You are so right about the first step being the hardest, at least placemats is not as daunting as a quilt. Fun music is the trick to quilting, you can quilt to the beat.

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    1. Thanks, Rachael! Music is an interesting idea, actually. Normally if the music is too good I get distracted and start making mistakes. But for FMQ, maybe less thinking and more intuition will be a help. I will let you know how I do!

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  4. What cheerful colours you chose for the placemats and pot holders. I can imagine all of the happy meals you will eat from them.

    Enjoy the FMQ. I find listening to adagios are the perfect tempo for my quilting; fluid, without being too slow or too fast. The tempo of the music I listen to really does influence my quilting! (Mick Jagger does not a good quilting partner make; at least not for me!) I'm interested to hear what you and your machine dance to.

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    1. Thanks very much! It is interesting to hear all the different thoughts on music. I expect, though, that the music will be off when I first start. Even in a dance studio, they don't turn on the music until you know the steps!

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  5. Love the fabric and colours. Good luck with the quilting. So sensible to practice on a potholder!

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  6. Great looking placemats and potholders. Will look great when quilted. They are so nice and colourful!

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  7. How true. Yes, quite often the first step is the hardest. Connecting Threads fabrics? Looks familiar. The colours are lovely but I would make 4 placemats. That way if one gets dirty, I can still put 3 out.

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