Saturday, December 20, 2014


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.



Inez Larsen said...

Very nice work! Love the backs.

Gina said...

Lovely! Especially the cardinal. Amazing. I can't imagine doing applique like that!

Sheri said...

Very nice placemats and quilting! I'm pinning to my 2015 Christmas sewing Pinterest page!

Kate said...

Your placemats are beautiful!!

JanineMarie said...

These are so pretty, and I'm impressed that the stitching looks so neat on the back, too!

Karen said...

Very pretty placemats. I love the quilting.

stitch quilt knit said...

Gorgeous placemats :)

Richard Healey said...

Those are fantastic I love the bird.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

I love the threads....and the finishes are just beautiful. Your work is exquisite! Thanks for sharing at TUesday ARchives under our Machine Applique theme!

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