Completed this set of Appliqued Christmas Placemats
recently for a relative. The designs are my own, although
I get plenty of inspiration on the web.
I used a fusible web to adhere the pieces to the background
fabric. And then use a combination of satin stitch,
raw edge applique and thread painting to achieve
my designs. The fabric and thread were from my stash.
The backing is a prequilted cotton in cream and
there's a woven iron-on interfacing attached to
the inside of the backing.
I'll basically let the pictures do the talking.
The first set is selecting the threads for each design.
It's nice to have a wide variety of colors on hand.
Although some of these threads are old, I've
loved machine applique since I was a teen.
The next set of pictures are of the completed fronts,
a close-up of each design and the backs.
I did the thread work after the placemats were made
so there's a secondary design on the back.
Depending on your taste they could be reversible.
The meander quilting was completed after the
detailed thread work.
That completes my handmade Christmas gift list.
Still have plenty of projects to work on,
including a new purse for me.
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!