Sunday, August 2, 2009

krommama's Placemat Swap

Thanks so much for all of your well wishes for my daughter. I am happy to report that her surgery on Friday went well and, aside from being a bit out of sorts all day on Friday due to the lingering effects of the anesthesia, she's been doing great. I am glad to have all of that excitement out of the way.

I'm also happy to report that my creative mojo seems to have returned! After the kids were tucked in bed last night, I got busy. I managed to make 4 quilting bee blocks and also cut up my fabric to send to my SewConnected 3 pals. If I can knock another 2 or 3 blocks out today, and get all of my SC3 envelopes addressed, then I will pretty much be all caught up. What a great way to start the week! Pics to come soon, if the rain will stop ...

Now, for some catching up:

I participated in Sarah's Placemat Quilt Swap last month on Flickr. What's a placemat quilt, you might ask? Well, it's a quilted placemat, silly! Not much different than a mini quilt, in fact, but the quilters must all pledge not to get too upset if they see their creations with some peanut butter & jelly or maple syrup stains (the two most common in my house) on it.

I was paired with Rachel, a very talented quilter who blogs at 2nd Ave. Studio. Here is the placemat that she made for me:

(pics from Rachel's photostream)

I LOVE it! The design is simple yet so effective. The colors are so spot on to my tastes -- that background color is a beautiful earth brown. And the quilting? ... OMG, the quilting is simply amazing. It's an all-over design of small swirlies in variegated thread. It gives the quilt -- errr, placemat -- such a nice texture.

See that mini border right inside the binding? What a great idea! I think I'll totally be copying that one, Rachel!

One of the big discussions in the Flickr group is, "will you use it?" (meaning the placemat). I am happy to report that I am already using mine! You see, we recently got a brand new desk for our office. I was afraid that our computer keyboard would scratch the desk top. Well, I placed my new placemat underneath the keyboard and I am using it -- and looking at it -- as I type ... and will every time we use the computer!

Here's a snippet of the placemat that I sent to Rachel:

A few months back, I won a giveaway over at Blue Nickel Studios and received a few fat quarters of the (at the time) not-yet-released "Monaco" line by Free Spirit Fabrics. I made up a spiky design of my own and, trying to use the FQ's only and not have to buy any additional fabrics, bound it with a scrappy binding.

Here's the back -- I definitely wanted to give the peacocks a starring role:

And here's Sean & Bevin helping me show it off before I packaged it up for Rachel:

The design is admittedly very simple, but I was thinking of writing it up along with a coordinating table runner as a tutorial ... what do you think? Would anyone be interested?

Finally, let me end with some recent inspiration. I have 3 or 4 ideas for my DQS7 quilt knocking around in my head right now, but I think this one is winning out. I'm digging these pillows from Anthropologie, and think that a scrappy, fused applique mini quilt inspired by their designs might just be amazing. I saw that both Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew and the artsy-crafy babe were both also inspired by these pillows, and their interpretations turned out great.
What do you think?


  1. I would love a tutorial on the spikes! I think it would make a great bag.

  2. A table runner tutorial of your design would be fantastic! The placemat really shows off the fabric well.

    And, I can't wait to see what you do that is a take off on those Anthropologie pillows. They are gorgeous!

    Great news about your daughter!

  3. So glad to hear that the little one fared well with the surgery.

    Hmmmm... a table runner tutorial of the Spike design would catch my interest.

  4. Glad to hear that your daughter came through her sugery AOK;) Surgery is surgery no matter how minor;) Love your stiffed on mine (krommama has been great about it) your fabric choices...really glad to hear that your mojo has returned:) SEW ON;)

  5. Nice placemat - think I'd use both sides!

  6. so glad to hear that your daughter came thru just fine! whew!! i know that's a load off your mind. isn't rachel's quilting divine!!

  7. hmmm... the pillows are fabulous inspiration! I paricularly like the one on the bottom right...

    and you are so lucky! That placemat is COOL!

    the one you made for Rachel albeit simple, as you said, has such depth as the colours and pattern work together to make music! Love it!
    If you were to make a tutorial I'd be delighted!
    I'm new to the quilting way of things and am really inspired by your work-- and love that you share your triumphs and misses!
    thanks John!

  8. Most importantly - glad to hear the girlie is doing well. Secondly a tutorial is ALWAYS appreciated - really like that placement! As for your dqs7 inspiration - those pillows are awesome and i'm keeping my fingers crossed that you have my name!! :) glad your mojo is back!

  9. Mister, I am adding you to my list of favourite blogs right now! ;)

  10. I read your profile and wanted you to know I had been here. I LOVE that "placemat" (If you read my blog you would know I think that's a quilt, LOL!) and the one you made is so bright I needed shades for it, so I am sure it is bringing in so some serious sunshine to its
    new home. Postively perfect for a happy Summer Swap!
    I am always curious about men who quilt and I just had to stop by and read what you're all about. I read Gene Black's Blog and one of his followers stopped by my blog (I'm having a giveaway), and I in turn went to his blog and you are on his Blog List. Six degrees of separation? I think so,=)
    I had a great time snooping around, and I will have you know that when I grow up I wanna be a mega quilter like you...until then, my quilts will be safely listed in their placemat category...=( And here I was thinking that I was making progress, LOL!

  11. Felicitaciones por tu blog.
    Tienes unos trabajos hermosos.
    Un fuerte abrazo desde Venezuela.

  12. You go right ahead and do that tutorial, I think the spikeed placemat is just beautiful.

  13. Awesome! Love that the surgery went so smoothly. Even the routine surgeries keep you on edge when its your children involved.
    And your place mats are fabulous!

  14. Glad to hear (and see) that things went well with your daughter's surgery!

    Love the placemat, a tutorial for the design would be great!

    Also love the Anhropologie pillows! Very inspiring!

  15. Wow! I just found your blog!! You are soooo talented!! I will be checking in often!

  16. I admit I've been a lurker... and have to also admit that its fabulous and fun that a dude likes to sew/quilt! Sure wish my husband would give it a try -
    the quilting on the placemat you received is amazing! And yes, I would like a tutorial of your placemat and matching tablerunner!

  17. I'm so glad to hear that you are using your quilt/placemat. I truly believe that quilts are to be used, or at least prominently displayed!