I decided I wanted a few new festive holiday decorations around the house this year, and started looking around for quilting patterns online. (I love decorations you can just put out in under a minute. Not spend 4 hours dragging boxes down, and putting things up with a ladder!)
I saw this pattern for a table runner, and loved the blocks in it, but I don’t really love table runners. I prefer placemats. So I made up 4 of the blocks in the runner, and turned them into placemats instead!
The blocks weren’t especially difficult, but I would call them a bit fussy. I had to stretch and press and fudge the components to fit together into a finished block, and I don’t think I’d bother to make them again. (Unless I found out the name of the block, and could find a better tutorial for making them. The blogger with the pattern didn’t say what the block name was.) I think the green turned out better. The higher contrast between dark and light greens made the knotwork pattern show up better. But the red are still fun and festive.
I added simple borders of red and green, to make them a good size for placemats. (The blocks were 10" on their own.) I didn’t know what to use for backing, as I hadn’t bought enough of the Christmas prints to use any of those. So I dug through my stash and found some blue, with gold shimmer, and white snowflakes on it. I figured that might make for a nice reversible design, that could be used longer into the winter. The photo makes them look a bit mismatched, but in reality, the gold shimmer matches the binding pretty well.
And all laid out on the dining table, with candles and a lantern. Fun, festive, and not too fussy.
Ooh, they are lovely! Just beautiful. I am so inspired to make some place mats for next year, whilst still in a holiday spirit. I do have plenty of fabric to choose from, lol.
Nice work Jennie, very festive.
Festive and cozy on both sides! I love the idea of making the backs with a print with a longer usable time!
I love them, and appreciate that they are reversible. Very festive!
So festive and I love that they’re reversible depending on the mood!
These are gorgeous and I love the snowflake fabric on the back!
I like the block pattern! You’d never know from the pics that it gave you any trouble. That cream snowflake background works perfectly with all your fabric choices!
These turned out beautifully!