If I would spend even a fraction of the time I spend on Pinterest or reading blogs actually sewing and working on projects, everyone in my rather large family would have a quilt all their own and my girls would have entirely new made-by-mom wardrobes. So, when I actually do one of the projects on my “Projects to Do” Pinterest board, I tend to get pretty excited about it.
When I first saw the Paint Chip Placemat tutorial by Emily from CrazyOldLady Quilts on the Moda Bakeshop blog last fall I absolutely fell in love and knew I wanted these for our dining room table. So, I immediately went on a search for the V & Co. Ombre Solids fabric and was able to find some on Etsy. The fabric arrived in my mailbox and after a few days of sitting on my cutting table waiting to be cut, it somehow got incorporated into my fabric stash … and sat there waiting for attention for about 6 months.
Earlier this summer I made a goal to work on all these projects I have laying around either in the planning phase or “midway through but not quite finished” phase, and the placemats were at the top of the list. Emily’s tutorial is easy to follow and with just a few small adjustments I finally finished my placemats!
I used Warm & Natural cotton batting instead of the 80/20 she suggests, and I omitted the color names. (Not because I didn’t like that idea. I think it is adorable, and I had a plan to have my daughter help me come up with all sorts of fun color names. But, I knew that if I tried to hand embroider 20 names onto these guys they wouldn’t get finished until next year.)
I’m very happy with how they turned out and it makes me smile to walk past these every day. My family’s only complaint is that I won’t actually let anyone eat on them just yet
What sorts of projects are on your “to be finished” list?