vortex variations,christmas placemats

Thanks for stopping at my very first blog post. Here I go, ready or not.

For years I have been lurking in Bloggers’ shadows, reading their blogs, looking at their quilts, but rarely commenting, adding little to the online quilting presence. Each week, I eagerly awaited Amanda Jean Nyberg’s “Finish it up Friday” at Crazy Mom Quilts, and spent hours perusing all the links, admiring the work of others while looking for inspiration. It is to honour that influence on my quilting life that I am making my first blog post about Vortex Variations, Christmas Placemats.IMG_E0633

I had taken a medium Ziploc bag of Christmas scraps to my Guild’s fall retreat, in case I felt like playing rather than working diligently on my carefully prepared projects. What did I spend much of my time doing? Playing, of course. The first thing I pieced from the scraps was a wall hanging, which is presently in my PHD lineup, awaiting quilting. The scrap pile still loomed large, taunting me. One of my neighbours was making some very elegant placemats for her Christmas table. Aha! I would make placemats for my kitchen table, and they would be scrappy. Very scrappy. Vortex scrappy.


A friend had a few Christmas charm squares to spare. I left them intact, as I did a few small orphan blocks that had made it into the scrap bag. Truth be told, my favourite placemat is the one with the intact star; I recommend adding a small block or charm square to each so there’s a place for the eye to rest.IMG_E0635

I quilted them on my DSM with a twin needle, using one cream and one yellow thread, and was thrilled with my first attempt at that technique. The backing is beautiful gold fabric from my stash that will likely never be seen on my table; the scrappy side is too much fun. The rest of the scraps? Less than a quarter cup went into the dog bed pillowcase.



For those who may have missed the vortex quilt along, here’s the link to week 1. http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.ca/2015/06/scrap-vortex-qal-week-one.html