The quilt my mom made was loved to death. It was falling apart and shredded in places. And yet I couldn't bring myself to throw it away. I knew that there would be some cool way to re-purpose it.
After much thought, I decided I would recycle it as batting. It was thin and worn enough that it seemed perfect to use in placemats.
I sewed strips of fabric directly onto the old quilt to make a funky abstract watermelon. Each placemat has it's own color tone (pink, pinkish purple, orange red, and maroon).
Can you believe all that fabric was in my stash? A good portion of it was scraps from old projects and scraps from friend's projects as well.
|orange red front|
|orange red back|
Usually when I attempt to use the free motion foot my sewing machine acts up. Not this time! No problems at all. I think i was getting some sort of drag from the fabric that was messing up the tension.
|pink purple front|
I still have a lot to learn about how to get smooth stitches while I am doing free motion quilting. I can tell which placemats I quilted first, so I must at least be learning and getting a tiny bit better. The last placemat has very little of that spiderwebing on the curved stitched lines.
|pink purple back|
I wish I would keep forgetting how much I do like trying and learning new things. My sewing projects would get done so much faster. I'm stuck in that fear of what if it doesn't turn out, or what if I mess it up. I should hang a sign up in my craft room that says "Finished is better than perfect," just so I don't forget.