My Stitch Along November Week 4

Posted by Ruth on 22 November 2015 | 0 Comments

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It's a good thing I have another week to complete this project because I decided to make my squares into place mats and of course, that meant extra work to be done, hence I didn't get as much done as I would have expected. It didn't help that I wasn't sure until a few hours ago what I would turn these into...

So place mats it is and the first thing I needed to do was to build up my blocks to a decent size. I figured 10" by 17" sounded good. Seeing as I had a 5 1/2" block (but 1/2" needs to be removed for the seam allowance) that meant I needed another 5" to make the height. I didn't want to center the block so decided to add 1 1/2" to the bottom and 3 1/2" to the top to make up the 5". Easy enough, and of course, I needed to add seam allowance too so that meant I would cut ONE 2" x 5 1/2" rectangle and ONE 4" x 5 1/2" rectangle.

To make the length of the place mat, I deducted 5" off 17" which left me with 12". Adding seam allowances again, I was set to cut a 10 1/2" (height) x 12 1/2" rectangle.

I decided to use two fabrics as you can see in the photo.sections for place mats cut

It was easy to join them up so I made short work of that.place mat joined together to make 10" x 17" rectangle

Then I added an applique stem and leaf, just for fun.stem and leaf on applique pear

And you all know I love applique, so I just couldn't help it. I added three more pears with stems and leaves, one pear being the section I cut out from the block last week.three applique pears pressed in place

So now my place mats are ready to stitch.place mat with applique pears

I started with one, layered it with batting and backing fabric, and chose some threads to work with, two brown and two green...place mat with threads to applique pears

.... and use my favorite applique method to attached all the pieces.applique pears stitched in place

But I still wasn't done with stitching. I decided to add some quilted pears as well. I used the paper backing from the fusible pear as a template to stitch around and eyeballed the stem and leaf.fusible backing paper used as template to quilt pear shape

This pear I did in two thread colors, cream on the light area and brown on the dark.two thread colors used to quilt pear

I quilted three pears in total and am wondering what other quilting I should do. We'll see. I have three others to complete yet and then bind them all. I think they should look great on the table when they are done!

quilted place mat with pears

 

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