Tuesday, June 29

It's a Placemat Party!

A few weeks ago, Sarah of SewJoy blog sent me an e-mail and asked if I'd like to participate in her "Placemat Party". She designed a cute and simple placemat pattern and all we had to do was make a placemat from her pattern and then join in the fun of a blog hop party!! I love fun, blogging, and fabric so it was easy to reply with a "yes"! For all the details on the blog hop just go here to Sara's blog, where you'll find examples of her design done in different fabrics. Plus, there are even prizes!!
Once I decided to join the Placemat Party, I let Sarah know that I would be using patriotic fabrics for my sample. Here they are.........
I have had these fabrics for quite awhile. I won the four large print pieces at a quilt club meeting in 1999 when Hancock fabrics did a trunk show and those four fabrics (1/2 yard cuts) were the door prize. I like them because they have "sparkle" so when I found the two blues and the flag print that also had "sparkle", I had to have them, too. When I unfolded the "patchwork" looking piece, an idea popped into my head..........
"fussy-cut squares"..........and that's just what I did to get fabrics that I could use for the corner of Sarah's placemat design! And here is my finished placemat...........

I followed the pattern but made one variation.....I added a pocket to each side of the placemat so that tableware could go in one pocket and a napkin in the other pocket as you see here.......

I made this placemat for someone special........my grandson, Jacob. He's going camping this weekend so I thought it would be fun to have a special placemat for the picnic table. He was here to visit this past Sunday and I gave him some patriotic tinsel garland that he can use to decorate his tent. And this afternoon, I am going to go visit him and take him this placemat. He's young enough that he'll think this is cool. :-) I even bought some patriotic plates so when he parties for the 4th it might look like this ...........
I used a mottled red fabric for the backing and sewed it together "pillow-case style" as I call it. Translation.....I sewed backing, batting and quilt top together and left a small opening so I could turn it inside out. Then I slip-stitched the opening closed and did some machine quilting along the border and along each block. Then I added a label because as I was making the placemat, I realized that the fabric is from the same year Jacob was born! This then made me realize that he's growing up too fast and also, that I really need to use my stash and not buy any more fabric for awhile. Ha! Jacob will continue to grow and I will continue to buy fabric! :-)
So, there you have it ......... a patriotic placemat that was as fun as a party when I was making it! I enJOYed making it a lot! Seriously, it was very easy and went together very quickly. Thanks, Sarah, for a fun pattern which gave me the opportunity to make a special gift for my grandson! And yes, I have enough fabric left that I will probably make more of these. I think they would also be really cute made up for kids in bright prints with polka dots and zoo animals and other fun kid prints.......and in Christmas fabrics.........and in cute kitchen prints. Oh, yes, lots of variations and I have fabric in my stash for all of these ideas. LOL!

Now........be sure to check out Sarah's blog for details on how you can win her pattern, fabric and some other goodies. She is also offering each of us on the blog hop, a pdf of her pattern so one lucky winner will get a copy of Sarah's pattern just by leaving a comment on this post. And to sweeten the JOY, I have added a journal for keeping track of your projects ....... and...... a new little pattern (from Valorie Wells) for a wallet so you can make one and then tuck cash in it so you can save to buy fabric.........and then there is a pair of my favorite little scissors from Singer (so sharp for cutting tiny pieces and snipping threads, plus they have large rubber handles for easy grip!).
All you have to do is leave your name and a link to your blog and/or your e-mail address so that I will be able to contact you if you win. Comments are open now through Friday evening. A winner will be announced on Saturday morning, July 3rd. Good luck and enJOY!

Sandi

49 comments:

Lotta said...

Hi Sandi,
What a lovely giveaway! I'd love to have a chance to win.
Lotta in Sweden

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

What a fun placemat! The fussy cutting was worth it.

Debbie said...

This is such a fun idea, Sandi! Thanks for introducing us to Sarah Vee's blog.

Janelle said...

Love the pockets on your placemat!

Kaye said...

The patriotic placemats are adorable. Am going over to check out Sara's blog.

Pat said...

I just got the cutest fish and seashell fabric and might make placemats with them using that pattern. I can see it's "snowballs" and think I could easily do it...using my GO! cutter, too!!! Woo-Hoo!!!

joanne lendaro said...

Love the placemat! Great job, and your special little guy is going to love it too! He will feel so special!

annemarie said...

Love the placemats - thanks for a chance to win. Another new blog to check out - thanks.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great placemats! And what a lovely giveaway! Thanks for including me :-)

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Crispy said...

What a wonderful place mat!! I Love the pockets :0)

Oooo a giveaway!! Thanks Sandi!!

Crispy

Amy said...

very nice placemats, I may have to make some for my mother.Thanks for sharing,Amy

Needled Mom said...

Sandi....they are wonderful! I love the RWB theme and it is perfect to do for this week.

Sarah or Semmy said...

What a Patriotic wonder! Love this placemat. It could be made up in many fabrics and still be stunning. Good job Sandi. Sarah

Sarah said...

Wow! What a neat NEAT variation of Sarah's placemat! Good work!!

esquiltingpassion said...

Great give away. I love placemats.
I just became a follower of Joy's blog.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Sandi, I love your patriotic placemat! That label is a nice touch too!

Now off to check out Sarah's blog!

MGM

Winona said...

Hi Sandi. Great giveaway. I can never have too many pairs of scissors. I like to keep a pair in each area I work. Please enter me. I love the place mat for your grandson. It just shouts '4th of July'! LOL Have a good day. Winona

free indeed said...

I had read her blog earlier today but I wasn't going to hunt down the other participants for the giveaways, but I came across yours this afternoon and I will enter here as well.
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Caryl W said...

Great patriotic placemat!! Love it!!

organicpatchwork said...

these patriotic prints are so much fun with the 4th coming up, and I like the addition of the second pocket for a napkin. you could even roll it up and tie a ribbon around it to take to the picnic so everything stays nice and clean. lovely.

Andee said...

The placemats are very festive! Thanks for the chance to win!

Tudy said...

What a lovely giveaway. I sure hope I am the winner.

SarahVee said...

I love your party theme, Sandi! Jacob will definitely think it's cool:) The second pocket is a great idea - so are the little sharp scissors as part of your giveaway. Thanks for being such a great Hostess!

Lina said...

Love your placemat, and the two pockets was an inspired idea.
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Chelley said...

Love your placemat! The fabrics are perfect. Those scissors look wonderful, too. I have a scissor fetish. :)

Quilter Kathy said...

What a wonderful gift for your Jacob for July 4th celebrations!

Janet said...

I love your version of the placemat! Nice giveaway too.

Nancy Sue said...

Hi Sandi,
Your placemat is great for the upcoming holiday. But I really have to tell you that the poem you wrote is absolutely wonderful. You certainly are talented!! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Pam said...

I love your placemats ...perfect for the 4th!!

Linda said...

This is a fun event. Thank you for the giveaway! Really cute placemat!!

SoozeM said...

I love your version of the placemat, gorgeous! And thanks for hosting such a great giveaway also!

Elizabeth said...

Great job! I love the idea of the placemat for your grandson - so sweet!

Jenny said...

what a fun blog hop this is! your place mat is incredible and festive and so good!

Fiesta said...

Sandi, Thank you for the chance to win. These are wonderful!

Annette said...

I like the two pocket idea. Your placemat looks so festive and fun!

Julie in WA said...

I love the festive patriotic look of your placemat!

January said...

I love the placemat, its beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway =)




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sy said...

the placemat looks great :D thanks for hosting the giveaway.

marcab77 said...

i love the double pockets idea -- then everything is in it's proper place. please count me in your giveaway!

GeeGee said...

Hi Sandi,
I love your patriotic placemat and the double pocket idea is great!Thanks for the chance to win the pattern so I can make them!

CuteStuffInside said...

Your placemats are spectacular!

S.W.A.K.

cvdnurse said...

I love the way you changed the pattern to include the pockets - I'd like to try that! Great giveaway-
Susan in NC
susie.galasso@gmail.com

Melissa said...

Wow, Your placemat looks amazing! I love the 4th of July prints. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

melissacorry at hotmail dot com

House of Mouse said...

WOW is all I can say to that placemat. Sandi, you are so talented and always make great projects.


Anett

Deb said...

We use placemats all the time at our house. I'd love to win your giveaway. I enjoyed my first visit to your blog.

Beeshebags said...

I've entered a challenge on my friend Amanda's blog, that runs till November....and guess what this months challenge is? A placemat or table runner.....guess I know what I hope to win, so can make one of these lovely placemats. Love the added little extra's you've added Sandi. I love the story about your DGS's placemat. Happy birthday to him. Hugs Naomi

Bridget B said...

Love the patriotic placemats and thanks for having a giveaway

arlette said...

Sandi... I love your patriotic placemat, it's so, extra cute!, it's a great idea!!!, thank you for hosting the giveaway, the goodies you're giving away are really helpful and I'd love to win :P, lol
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Marcia said...

Please enter me into the giveaway. Have enjoyed seeing the placemats from the party on various blogs. Thanks. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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