Squirrel #2 of the week is a project that was already started--Bonus points for that squirrel! I think I bought this kit at Road to CA last year. The company is Pineapple Fabrics and they had kits made up of different projects in the yummiest fabric, with original patterns and lots of color combinations. I must have spent 20 minutes circling the display before I finally selected one for placemats. Last month I got all the pieces cut, but made a decision to change the final construction after I had assembled the center fronts and the back pieces. I made mine scrappier, no surprise there!
While I liked the hourglass center and the fabric variety, I changed the matching side borders (as shown in the pattern photo) and decided to make mine quilt-as-you-go rather than stitch and turn. I like a binding on my placemats. Needing some mindless stitching last night, I set to work on the sandwiching and quilting.
Stripes, polka dots, birdies, and raindrops--aren't these fabrics cute! After sandwiching the centers to the backs, I stitched on the side pieces and pressed them in place. I played around with some specialty stitches, selecting the maximum size stitch in the program, and with the walking foot got to quilting. I made the quilting lines about 3/4" inch apart, but didn't mark the top.
I was able to fussy cut the row of houses on the fabric. I managed to get two placemats quilted before running out of steam last night. A trip to the fabric store will be necessary for some binding fabric options, but I'm not mad :)
Blogger has announced a change to hopefully fix the comments not coming to email. However, I don't think this is working perfectly, judging from posts I am seeing on Instagram. I'll try leaving myself a comment on this post to check, but will not hold my breath! That "noreply" email address must have millions of emails in it by now.