I stumbled upon the lovely Pink Penguin blog awhile ago after I had purchased the Spring 2010 issue of Stitch magazine. The author, Ayumi Takahashi, had a plastic bag dispenser featured in the magazine. She has great tutorials on her blog too. I decided the Quilted Placemats Tutorial would be a perfect way to showcase some of my vintage sheets in my new apartment. I say perfect because, frankly, I was scared to cut big pieces out of my fat quarters!
I finished 2 placemats and am pretty happy with how they turned out. I did make a few mistakes that should make the next versions come out improved. I skipped the spray on basting step and after I was finished quilting the white center, the placemats were a little more like a rhombus than a rectangle! I think next time I'll quilt the white before sewing the patchwork strips on the edges to make sure it's straight. I guess I had a mental block when I was sewing the bias tape on. I used purchased double fold bias tape and machine stitched it to the back of the placement. Duh - now the front has hand stitching showing instead of a nice straight line! Oops...
The patchwork edge is an assortment of vintage sheets. The white fabric in the center is Kona linen that was 50% off at Joann. I bought a ton to make a cathedral window quilt - to be continued later. The bias tape is Wright double fold bias tape. I used leftover light loft batting and the back of the placemats is a purple cotton I found in the remnant bin super cheap.
There's more in the pipelines for my vintage sheet stash. I actually have received my box from a second swap I participated in. I think my new kitten, Carlton, likes them! I should probably make something for him soon! He's fascinated with trying to help me type :/