Friday, January 22, 2016

And on to other scrappy projects.....

I will do a few posts featuring some other scrappy projects--things that are neither quilts nor wallhangings.  First up, some scrappy placemats.  These were made from little sample squares I received one year when I joined the Keepsake Quilting Club.  I did the four patches as a leader and ender project for a while.

As you can see I am using up some very old fabrics. I remember buying that outer border fabric about thirty years ago when I lived in the beautiful state of Tennessee. (Leave a comment if you are fortunate enough to live there!)

I had just gotten my Babylock Evolution serger, so I bound these with a wooly nylon wide three thread set on a short stitch length. Quick and easy, but it used up a lot of wooly nylon. The edges of these placemats are not as stable as those that are bound with bias binding, but I use them for everyday. I never regret trying a new approach -- even if the result is ho-hum. It's all a learning opportunity.

How about you? Are you an experimenter, or do you stick to the rules in your sewing and quilting?

3 comments:

desertskyquilts said...

How did I miss that you had a blog? I love that you used your sample squares in something so pretty. I don't have a serger, but I can see that binding would be very washable and good for something used daily. I am an experimenter, up to a point. I haven't gotten into modern very often, or too much improve, though I've dabbled a bit in both. And I'm in Tennessee now, as were ancestors in the 1800s and early 1900s. Trying to bloom where I'm planted, but this Jonas storm is not making that easy! I miss my nice warm desert winter. And hot dry summer, too.

joanne w said...

I just started blogging after I retired at the end of October--appreciate your stopping by. Any links would be helpful too, since it's slow getting off the ground.

I got to travel to AZ once or twice last year....stayed at the Biltmore in Phoenix ooo la la that was a gorgeous hotel. But I was there for work and never had any time to spare.

knitnkwilt said...

Thanks to Susan, I found your blog. Love scraps. Love experimenting as long as I have a use for failures (kids don't care--charity quilts). I too made a quilt and a half out of Keepsake samples from way, way back! Claire aka knitnkwilt.wordpress.com