Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Handmade Birthday Club, the Final Edition

The last of the birthday girls in my group of the Handmade Birthday Club has received her gift so it is safe to show you what I made without ruining the surprise. Those who know Lee {May Chappell} will understand my anxiety when making her a gift. She is a rock star when it comes to quilting, sewing and designing. After a lot of thought, I decided to make her some place mats.

quilted placemats

I used strips of Anna Maria Horner fabrics in widths of 1", 1.5" and 2" and strip pieced them together. I then cut this pieced fabric into varied widths and sewed them together with Essex yarn dyed linen in the Flax color.

quilted placemats

I layered the pieced place mat tops with Warm and White cotton batting and backed each with a different Anna Maria Horner print. I then quilted them in a 1" grid using Aurifil 50wt. in the color #2310.

quilted placemats

To keep a more elegant look to the place mats, I used the linen for the binding. too. I had so many great suggestions for binding these place mats from my Instagram friends, but in the end I went with the simple, elegant look of linen.

essex yarn dyed linen

These finished place mats measure 12" x 16" and look really pretty on my rustic bar table. I hope they will look equally pretty on Lee's dining room table.

quilted placemats

A close up of the backing fabrics.

anna maria horner fabric

In true swap fashion, I added a few extras to Lee's gift. Aqua paper straws, wine glass markers, sticky note tabs, some tissues and washi tape.

handmade birthday club

Happy Birthday, Lee.


Lisa C said...

The placemats are lovely. The aqua straws just made me squeal because they are an unexpected treat that everyone can use. Good job and great finish.

Tamie said...

These turned out great!

CapitolaQuilter said...

Adorable gift, she's sure to love it although I totally ge the intimidation of a rock star!

Dianne Neale said...

Cthe placemats are lovely. I've been meaning to make some for myself for ages!

May Chappell said...

They're so wonderful! Thank you so much Di!! LOVE:)

Katy Cameron said...

Lovely wee parcel :o)