Scrappy Reversible Halloween Table Mats

Scrappy Reversible Halloween Table Mats


Great way to use jelly rolls or scraps for a scrappy look. Love the silhouette applique on the back.

Halloween is a great time of year to have friends over.  Costumes optional, although with some of our friends, it’s sometimes hard to tell!

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Whether you are having a full-on party, just a few friends over for nibbles or a family dinner, it’s fun to put together a Halloween table setting.  I’ve been making a few things to share with you.

Bargello Style Halloween Table Runner

Bargello style quilted Halloween Table Runner. Great idea to try out bargello patterns.
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My Bargello-style Halloween table runner tutorial is being featured over at GYCT today as part of their 31 Days of Halloween series.  There is my usual video and a tutorial on how to make this reversible table runner.

I’m using the same Jelly Roll today to make matching table mats, although in a different design.

Scrappy reversible Halloween Table Mats

These mats are quick and easy to make and a fun way to use the rest of your Halloween Jelly Roll.  Make them any size you like, placemat size, coasters, or even another table runner or something long and thin for your Halloween mantle display or entry table.  The basic process is the same.

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Gather together your materials.  You will need:

  • Moda Eerie Jelly Roll or 2.5 inch strips of Halloween fabrics
  • Orange, purple, or other Halloween color for the reverse and binding
  • Black or dark purple for the silhouette
  • Fusible fleece or batting
  • Heat N Bond or other fusible web
  • Large spooky silhouettes
  • Optional – quilt basting spray

Download your spooky silhouette shapes here

Download the Spooky silhouette shapes

You can download these these spooky silhouette shapes to use as appliques for the back of your place mats or table runner.  Set includes 5 images, witch, pumpkin, cat, haunted house and bat.  Each prints on a single sheet of paper.

You can also go directly to the download by clicking HERE if the button doesn’t work for you.

Cut your fusible fleece or batting to the size you want your finished project, or just a little larger, say 1/2 inch extra on each side.  Decide on the strips you want to use and the order you want to use them.  Cut them just a little longer than the width of your placemat.

Great way to use jelly rolls or scraps for a scrappy look. Love the silhouette applique on the back.

Lay down your first strip on the edge of the fabric, face up.  If using fusible fleece, keep the fusible side to the reverse.  Lay your second strip of fabric face down on top, overlapping the first piece, but offset and slightly skewed for a more interesting and scrappy look.  Sew through all layers following the edge of the top strip.

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Open up the fabric and quilt several lines of stitching through your first fabric, following and parallel to the seam line you just sewed.

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Add another strip on top, off-setting like before and stitch it in place.  Quilt the second piece of fabric following the seam line you just sewed.  Repeat this all the way across the piece until you’ve covered the whole piece of fleece or batting.

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Great way to use jelly rolls or scraps for a scrappy look. Love the silhouette applique on the back.

Trim all sides to square up and neaten.

Cut your fabric for the back so that it is one inch bigger all around than the scrappy piece.

Great way to use jelly rolls or scraps for a scrappy look. Love the silhouette applique on the back.

Trace your applique silhouette onto the Heat N Bond fusible web and roughly cut around it.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to fuse it to a dark fabric such as black or a dark purple.  Then cut around your shape and fuse it to the backing fabric.

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Use a blanket stitch, satin stitch, or your favorite decorative stitch to secure the applique.  You can learn LOTS more about creating with fusible applique in the Fun with Fusible Applique course (see my Oliver the Owl Pillow).

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Now fuse the scrappy part centrally on the backing with wrong sides facing.  If using batting instead of fusible fleece, you can spray baste in place.  Turn in 1/2 inch and press on all sides.

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Hand or machine stitch the binding into place.  Give everything a final press and admire your scrappy table mats with silhouette Halloween applique.  They go just perfectly with the matching table runner and what’s more, I’ve still got more than half of the Jelly Roll left!

Great way to use jelly rolls or scraps for a scrappy look. Love the silhouette applique on the back.
Great way to use jelly rolls or scraps for a scrappy look. Love the silhouette applique on the back.

What are you making for Halloween?  Share your links in the comments below.  All welcome!

Download your spooky silhouette shapes here

Shapes

Download the Spooky silhouette shapes

You can download these these spooky silhouette shapes to use as appliques for the back of your place mats or table runner.  Set includes 5 images, witch, pumpkin, cat, haunted house and bat.  Each prints on a single sheet of paper.

You can also go directly to the download by clicking HERE if the button doesn’t work for you.


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Famous Women Who Love Quilt Making

Famous Women Who Love Quilt Making


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Celebrity role models are quite influential these days –especially for kids and teens who are still in the process of fashioning their own identities.  According to Oliver Goldsmith, people seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.  This is, of course, also true for adults.  We are often motivated by our role models and this helps us to realize our true potential, overcome barriers or simply do something that we truly enjoy.

“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.”
― Meryl Streep

We’ve written recently about Contemporary Quilt Makers who Paint with Fabric and shown you some of the beautiful “light” they have brought into the world.  We’ve also told you about The Many Amazing Benefits of Quilting so you can better understand all the great physical and psychological benefits that can come from quilting.

Now we’d like to try to give you a little more motivation.  If you’re passionate about quilting and you love quilt making, you must be curious who else feels the same way?   Here are just a few names of famous women who love quilt making and with whom you share this wonderful passion!

Film, Stage, And Television Actress S. Epatha Merkerson

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Best known for her role as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren in the TV series Law & Order, S. Epatha Merkerson is a multi-award-winning actress whose secret love, so to speak, is quilt making  She has distinguished herself by winning acting awards including the Golden Globe, Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Obie Award.  Aside from these, she also garnered four NAACP Image Awards and two Tony Award nominations.

It was in a 2008 interview when Merkenson revealed that she is an avid quilt maker.  According to the interview, she made her first quilt when she was broke but wanted to give a birthday present to actor Samuel Jackson’s daughter Zoe. After this experience, quilting became a habit for the talented actress.  She would give homemade quilted bags to other cast members when they had their opening nights on stage. Using remnant fabrics, her signature quilts bear the names of the recipient.  What a terrific idea which I’m sure must have been highly appreciated by her colleagues.

Stage And Television Actress Beth Maitland

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Better known as an Emmy Award-winning actress, Beth Maitland is one passionate quilt maker. She made her mark as Traci Abbott on CBS TV’s famous series “The Young and the Restless”. Aside from quilting, Maitland also designs costumes, personal and home accessories, jewelry, and dolls. Her latest love is long-arm quilting and she spends her creative time designing quilt patterns and playing with fabric textures.

As a teenager, Beth was already an accomplished sewist and her love for creating has endured. Declaring in one of her interviews that her happiest quilting moments are free motion quilting, Maitland is an active member of various internet creative communities such as Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, Blog spot, and YouTube.

Daytime Emmy Awardee Tricia Cast

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American actress Tricia Cast is most famous for her portrayal of Nina Webster in the top-rated television series “The Young and the Restless”. But her star actually shined in the television series “The Bad News Bears” where she was cast as Amanda Wurlitzer. Born in Bradford, Brookhaven, New York, Tricia is also a theatre actress and has acted in a number of independent films. She won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series and got a nomination for another category a couple of years later.

After years as a television actress, Tricia surprised the public when it was announced that she has requested to be released from her contract. There were a lot of speculations about her decision, but she divulged that she just wanted to take a sabbatical from Hollywood and looks forward to spending quality time with her new husband in Tennessee.  Obviously, she was also looking forward to spending time on her quilting –especially those throw-size quilts that she loves to make. In a recent tweet to a fan that just started quilt making, Tricia wrote, “Have fun- so many ways to express yourself.”

The Versatile Marie Osmond

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Marie Osmond has many feathers in her cap.  These include being a singer, film screenwriter, actress, doll designer, and quilt maker. A member of the famous showbiz family, the Osmonds, Marie is the only girl in a brood of nine.  Her brothers were regular performers and singers on national television and at the age of four, Marie made her debut as part of The Osmond Brothers act on The Andy Williams Show. Marie later released “Paper Roses”, her first single as a solo artist which became a No. 1 country hit. It also reached the Top 5 on the Billboard magazine pop chart and earned a gold record. The rest, as they say, is history.

In the 1990s, Marie Osmond showed a different creative side when her doll line debuted on QVC. Her dolls are also sold in retail stores and internet stores in the United States and around the world. Her doll collection has won a number of award nominations such as the Trendsetter of the Year and Awards of Excellence from Dolls magazine.

By 2010, she published the book Marie Osmond’s Heartfelt Giving: Sew and Quilt for Family and Friends. With step-by-step instructions for sewing and quilt projects that she designed herself, there is no doubt that this famous woman is an accomplished quilt maker. Osmond is enthused that she loves quilting and that it was her priceless time spent with her mother that made her fall in love with quilting. Marie also declares that quilt making is like a love letter for future generations – it is more than an art form as it’s the history of family love.

With that, I hope you can find some inspiration and perhaps a role model from among these famous women who love quilt making. I certainly have.

And Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!



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Sashiko Quilting Tutorial: How to Make a Japanese Embroidery Cushion

Sashiko Quilting Tutorial: How to Make a Japanese Embroidery Cushion


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Hello! I’m Rin from Sew in Love and owner of Hana Patterns. I’m back with another free sewing pattern for you, inspired by my Japanese heritage. You can make this embroidered pillow to add a touch of ethnic and bohemian style to your home.

What’s Sashiko?

Sashiko is a type of traditional Japanese embroidery. It started out as a way to strengthen cotton and linen fabrics, but these days, we enjoy its repetitive patterns for decoration. Once you get started, sashiko embroidery is a really calming and relaxing activity. I love how my sashiko pillow enhances my other handmade pillows to bring a boho vibe to my living room (see my room tour here). Let’s get started!

MATERIALS

I’ve designed this sashiko embroidery pattern so it can be be adapted to any pillow size. But for your reference, my pillow is 50cm x 50cm (20″ x 20″).

For the embroidered panel:

  • 55cm x 55cm (22″ x 22″) of dark natural fabric (eg. linen, hemp, organic cotton)
  • Contrasting embroidery thread and needle

To complete the pillow:

  • 55cm x 55cm (22″ x 22″) of fabric for the back of the cushion (I used a gingham check fabric for contrast)
  • 45cm (17.5″) Zipper

SASHIKO QUILTING TUTORIAL

Step 1: Draw the Guidelines

Draw a square at the centre of your fabric, which is 5cm (2″) smaller than the finished pillow size. For my 55cm x 55cm  (22″x22″) pillow, I drew a 50cm x 50cm (20″x20″) square (see Image A). Draw vertical guidelines as per Image A, at 1/2, 1/4 and then 1/12 of the width. Then, draw horizontal guidelines, at 1/2 and then 1/6 of the vertical length.

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Step 2: Draw the Pattern

Draw the sashiko pattern, as shown in Image B in RED. I used yellow chalk on my black linen fabric to make it really stand out.

Step 3: Start Stitching

Now that the hard part is over, it’s time for the fun to begin! Image C shows the lines to embroider in BLUE. A simple running stitch is all you need to do sashiko embroidery. I started with the outer square border, followed by the vertical and horizontal lines, all in white thread. The diagonal lines were stitched using two different shades of blue thread. The only rule to try to follow is to keep the stitches slightly longer than the gaps between the stitches. The ideal ratio is 3:2, so that means the gap between stitches should be 1/3 of the length of the stitches themselves.

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sashiko quilting tutorial

Step 4: Finish the Pillow

Stitch the pillow together and attach the zipper as you would with any standard pillow. And that’s it! Admire your beautiful stitches and the unique pillow you’ve just created.

If you’re curious about Japanese style sewing and patterns, come on over to my blog, Sew in Love or browse my Japanese inspired fashion sewing patterns at Hana Patterns.  You can also see my Boho Kimono and Baby Kimono Onesie tutorials right here on this site!

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