Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Posh Pumpkins Placemats

I have a recent finish to share with you today - my Posh Pumpkins Placemats.


They started with these panels that I purchased way back in the summer of 2013.

I had also purchased these 1/2 yard pieces of coordinating prints. As usual, it all went into a project bag, onto my shelf, and there it sat waiting until now.

I did some simple borders around each of the centers, mixing them up so none of them were the same as another.



The piecing didn't take long to have them finished and ready for quilting.

Using one piece of backing and a few batting leftovers, I was able to load 4 at a time on my longarm frame and quilted right across all of them at the same time.  













Here is the first batch completed.  After looking at them on and off for days, I still can't decide which motif is my favorite. 

They're all a bit different but adorable.


I love the whimsical flowers and the variety of designs on each of the pumpkins.

Do you have a favorite?

For the backing I used another Sandy Gervais print that I found a few years of in my stash.  It's from a different fabric line but the colors coordinated perfectly.

On and off, I've been working on trying to get better at finishing binding by machine.  This time I tried a method I learned from Bethanne Nemish and I'm happy with the result. 

Although I had planned on using a pumpkin stitching pattern, it turned out to be too large for these so I used Ground Cover instead.  Thread used was Glide Burnt Orange on the top and Light Tan in the bobbin.

I had barely enough fabric to complete the bindings on each placemat.  This was all I had left of the yardage, just a couple of 2 1/2" squares of each print.

These placemats make a great addition to my fall decor and although I won't get to use them for long this season, I'll be able to enjoy looking at them for many years to come.