I am not by nature a person that leaves things til the last minute but this year's teacher gifts ended up being just that due to a number of factors. I had figured out what I was going to do... I just didn't have time to get them done sooner.
After doing some quick searching for ideas, good ole Moda Bake Shop came to the rescue when I came across a tutorial for the Turn On The Charm Placemats by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts. Instead of following her instructions to the T, I deviated in that I left the charms intact for a quicker finish.
Here is one set all pieced together. I used my final pack of Boho charms and some coordinating Red and Cocoa solid that I had in my stash.
I decided to do some straight lines for the quilting and had a rough plan after looking at the overall piece so I marked some guidelines and away I went.
My idea was to use the long solid chevron seams as my guide and quilt inside of those the distance of the edge of my walking foot.
Then I just used the 1st stitched line as my guide for the 2nd one. I used a Cocoa thread that matched the solid fabric.
Once I completed those two lines, I moved to the other side of the block and did the same thing.
I really was winging it with these and after completing the quilting in one direction along the long Cocoa seams, I stood back and took a look and decided to do the same thing going in the other direction along the long sides of the Red seams.
As soon as I completed that, I knew I had a winner. I liked the result a lot. It was simple and modern that suited the fabric well.
I literally completed these the night before they were gifted and grabbed a few quick photos outside that morning.
The binding was done by machine with a coordinating Yellow solid. In this photo you can see the long rectangles and the 3 diamonds created by the quilting design.
Luckily I had enough yardage from the line in my stash for the backing, these getting the Brown dot print.
This is the completed set all ready to be delivered and I can report that Jammer's teacher was thrilled. Mission accomplished.
The following night I had to complete the set for Sunshine's teacher. Sunshine chose the more subtle Sage Green solid version for her teacher. It is interested how different they look even though they have the exact same charms in them.
Since I liked how the Red and Cocoa set turned out, I used the same quilting design on this one.
The quilting doesn't show as much on this version because of the more subtle colors overall. I used a Sage thread that matched the solid fabric.
Here is is with the quilting completed in the late evening hours.
This is my morning patio shot. They look all ready for a nice BBQ.
I used the same Yellow solid for the binding on these.
This set received the coordinating dot print in Sage for the backing. This used up the very last bits of my Boho fabric.
The final pic of the set ready for gifting and I can also report that the teacher was truly thrilled.
Giving hand made gifts to the teachers is important to me as I want them to remember the year as time goes on. Hubs says that I should start next year's teacher gifts in January so I'm not so rushed again and I hear what he is saying. I certainly will take his advice to heart.