Have you noticed that I seem to work with bright, fun colors….a lot!! I have finished another set of my psychedelic place mats! Did you notice I said “another set”. A couple years ago I had a beautiful bundle of fat quarters that I couldn’t decide what to do with.
This type of quilt pattern is called a crazy quilt style. There are all kinds of templates and patterns for them. I recently bought a new template set that makes 6 inch crazy blocks but I haven’t used it yet.
I know that has happened to me many times (and probably you) and I decided I was really going to cut them up and make something! I added a couple other fabrics and then diced up the fabrics and sewed them back together again. I don’t think Builder Bob will ever get used to me doing that!
This is the final set of place mats, I got a little crazy and actually cut out 24 place mats! No wonder it took me so long to get them quilted and bound.
One set was given away as a wedding gift and then a month ago my daughter got a new dining room set and said she needed new placemats. When I moved into my new studio in January I had so much fun finding all kinds of things that I had forgotten I had and I remembered seeing a set of these. I pulled them out and……only had 7…..now I knew I had more but couldn’t find them. There are only 5 in her family so I knew she could use them until I found the other one.
If you missed my posts about moving into my new studio you can find most of them on my January 2016 review page down toward the bottom. It is still a work in progress and I also need to get my studio page all updated.
Just a few days before Easter I found them in a container of UFOs (unfinished quilt objects) and pulled out my black Kona fabric to bind it. I have no idea why I had finished 7….maybe I ran out of my black fabric. I still had 8 without binding so I put them out on my cutting table where they kept getting in my way until I couldn’t stand it anymore and had to finish them up!
The backing on the placemats is a batik that I bought several years ago. It is heavier than most batiks and I didn’t care for it but it makes a beautiful backing.
Most of you know that I really, really love batiks and it seems like that is all I have been working with lately. Actually last week I did make a table runner and table topper for my AccuQuilt guest post that weren’t made with batiks and I forgot to mention that!
Here are some other posts that will inspire you:
- Batik quilt as you go placemats tutorial
- Christmas Dash placemats and table topper tutorial
- Summer in the City placemats tutorial