Saturday, 18 May 2013

Foundation Pieced Finishes for Friday

It's been a long time since I was so glad it was the weekend. In some respects this week has gone by very quickly. But I am super tired.

Tomorrow is the wedding where I hand over two sets of place mats. So tired or not, tonight I had to finish the second set. And I have.

Four place mats with a 6" foundation pieced star on each surrounded by Art Gallery Floral Elements. I wanted to keep the quilting simple, clean and away from the piecing, to let the stars shine, so I did a grid of organic lines, randomly spaced but similar across all four place mats, using my walking foot and Aurifil thread.

So the final stats: each place mat is approx 15" x 11". The star blocks are from Don't Call Me Betsy and are 6" finished. The fabrics are all Art Gallery: Floral Elements for the background, Pure Elements for the solids and Oval Elements for the final fabric in he stars, the backing and the binding.

I think this may be the first time I've actually bound a quilt with Art Gallery and it was beautiful to use - there will definitely be more Art Gallery binding in my future! I think it's the neatest binding yet that I've done fully by machine.

And just in case you missed them, here are the other place mats completed this week - 6 in this set because nothing beats equilateral triangles like hexagons! The two sets are very different, but I really like both and I hope the Brides do as well (I'm a little less concerned about the Grooms!).

And whilst I was in binding making mode I made the binding for my little paper plane mug rug. I had been planning on using black. The Green was lying around from another project and happened to be sitting on top of the half finished mug rug. There is just a hint of green in one of the neutral fabrics I used on the plane and it lightened the whole thing up - perfect.

This little piece is 8.5" x 6" finished. The paper plane pattern is from Kristy @ Quiet Play but I shrunk it - I can't remember by what percentage - but it's smaller than the original. The fabrics for the plane are two Architextures farbrics - the accounting fabric in plum and grey cross hatch. I've added a small piece of Pearl Bracelets in Grey to get the third shade.

The background is also Architextures - plum cross hatch. The binding is Lemonade from Art Gallery's Pure Elements (and the back is the black text print from Architextures). I quilted a wavy grid across the whole thing then free motioned the loop-de-loop. I had envisioned a single, larger loop. But my hands decided not to do that!

This little mug rug is for me - it's going to join the collection of mug rugs I have pinned up above my desk at work!

And I nearly forgot! The Stars Place Mats are a Finish for the Q2 Finish Along - full steam ahead!

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And I'm linking up with Friday Night Sew In too!


Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Oh your paper piecing looks fabulous! The placemats are such a great idea for a gift.

And your paper plane turned out beautifully!

Just Sew Sue said...

Gorgeous, I'm also making the Lucky Stars.

Nic said...

The star placemats are gorgeous. I'm sure the newlyweds will love them

Anonymous said...

such beautiful work Jennie,well done.xx

Mummy and Me Stitching said...

The placemats look stunning. I feel sure they will be much treasured wedding gifts. Love the paper plane mug rug too.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

These are wonderful!