Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Gift placemats

My nephew Andrew is getting married in the spring, hooray! As an engagement gift, I made a set of quilted placemats. I heard through the grapevine that their kitchen decor was going to be black, white and gray. I also heard that niece-in-law-to-be Sarah's favorite color is teal.

So I made scrappy little pieces in two variations, each with a touch of teal. Each placemat also has a different walking foot quilting design. One piecing variation has the scraps in the center with white background edges, running across the short side of the mat. This one has overlapping spiral quilting.

The other variation has the scraps on the edges with the white pieces in the center, running the long direction. This one has my new favorite standard quilting motif: wavy lines inside straight lines. How's that for a catchy name? Hm, a bit unwieldy. How about Straight 'n Wavy?

This radiating lines quilting motif is fun to do and gives a nice sort of sunrise effect. I learned this in Jacquie Gering's Craftsy class.

This quilting is a bit hard to describe. I found it in Angela Walters Shape by Shape book. It starts in one corner and goes in a straight line to two inches beyond the second corner, then to two inches beyond the third corner. This pattern repeats and the line spirals inward. I'm sure there's a name for this mathematical pattern; anyone know what it might be?

The back of each placemat is this busy black and white print, and the binding is a black and white stripe. I figure if they have kids, this side will really hide the stains. That little navy blue bit in the upper left corner is the older design of my premade labels. All the fabrics were already in my stash, so these were fun and shopping-free pieces. Hope they like them!


  1. Really great placemats. Love the graphic designs and the variety of quilting designs. Have a great time in New Orleans! Happy Holidays.

  2. Awesome, I love that pop of teal in there!

  3. Oh, WOW! They are absolutely going to LOVE these placemats! They're beautiful! Well done! XO

  4. Louise, these placemats are the BEST! They look very improv-ish. Did you follow a pattern or just wing it? The teal adds the perfect pop!

  5. those are gorgeous..... I'm sure they will be well loved. I have always called that radiating lines one zentangle ... but I think thats because I first saw it in a zentangle book...


  6. Those are gorgeous placemats! The pop of teal is perfect.

  7. Wow! Love everything about the placemats...the colors, the piecing and how each is quilted differently! What a wonderful gift!

  8. Very modern designs and very cool quilting. (Too bad you didn't have enough room to use them yourselves. :)


Please feel free to leave a comment and I'll reply as soon as I can.