It all started with the tumbler blocks that I talked about Monday. They are cut from strips of fabric that range from 5" to about 7" wide. That left a lot of 1 - 3" strips left over. You know I can't let that fabric go to waste! Placemats are always my first idea and I thought I'd share with you my lazy design process for placemats.
My placemats are usually about 15 - 17" x 12-13" and the size varies based on what I'm using or how I want them finished. In this case I knew I wanted to use my easiest method of wrapping the front fabric to the back and topstitching with a twin needle to finish them.
I decided on 16" x 13" and cut the backing and flannel (I use old flannel sheets for the batting) to exactly that size. Then I cut up my scraps. I cut as may strips as possible approzimately 15" long and left the rest as long as possible. I separated the blue ones in one stack and the gold and green ones into another stack. I didn't know exactly waht I was going to make but I started with foundation peicing the strips simply because it's easy and fast.
I used the widest strip on the edge where I needed at least 1/2" to hang over the edge. I started foundation piecing the strips to the base (flannel and backing). There's at least 1/2" hanging over the edges of the base all the way around. At this point I still don't have an idea of what I'm doing but I decided that I needed a few strips of gold/green.
I finished it off with a wide strip of blue. At this point I stopped to ponder. I considered leaving it as it is or doing some free motion stitching. I thought a leaf vine might be cool but I wasn't sure that a stitched vine would show up well enough against this heavily textured fabric.
But an applique leaf vine would work great! I put some Mistyfuse on the back of a chunk of hand dyed fabric and cut out leaves and vines free hand. I did some free motion stitching around all of the edges and added veins to the leaves. I know these will ravel a bit around the edges when I wash them but I think that will look just fine. I finished them off by ironing the raw edges to the back and topstitching. A twin needle would work but I set up the cover stitch in my serger and finished these really quickly.
You can see that I made 2 of the placemants with horizontal strips on the left side and 2 with vertical. That's because I didn't have enough long strips to do them all vertical. I like them all!
I still have all of these fabulous scraps! What should I do with them?