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July 16, 2021
12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Placemats from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Greetings from South Louisiana and Happy July Christmas!  Our host, Sarah with Confessions of a Fabric Addict has a special group of bloggers ready to help you with your Christmas Gift Ideas.

For those new to my blog ... a little introduction.    For a little over 10 years, I have been one of the quilt pattern designers for Black Cat Creations.  Following my retirement in early 2016 from a long career in Government Finance, quilting and pattern design has taken a front seat.  I can also be found on Instagram, @lfairquilts and Black Cat Creations Facebook page


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May 23, 2021
A Whole Lot of Binding! from The Cozy Quilter

This was my week for hand stitching binding, among other projects.  I finished hand stitching the binding on these three placemats for Meals on Wheels last weekend.  I now have 12 made for the Elgin Piecemakers donation and three for the Oxford Guild donation.    

Next up, this quilt was pieced by a member of the Elgin Piecemakers who sadly passed away.  It was given to the guild by her family and we decided at a recent meeting that it would be quilted by one of our long arm quilter members and then bound by me before donating it to the ...

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May 16, 2021
Black and White Colour Blocks and More Placemats from The Cozy Quilter

This week, I had to cut a few extra black and white squares to finish these blocks but all 25 are done now. I have these blocks up on my design wall while I contemplate sashing/border options.  I used up all sorts of small bits and pieces in my black and white stash so now my variety in these fabrics is depleted a bit.  I will not be buying more for the time being.   

Much of our time this week was spent outside, cleaning up gardens, weeding, spitting perennials, moving plants, etc.  Sunday morning, we hope to be outside ...

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May 9, 2021
Placemat Production from The Cozy Quilter

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, aunts, grandmothers and others who nurture their friends and families!  

I have been working hard this week to finish off my 12 placemats for Meals on Wheels.  I used up some of my batting scraps strips, zigzagged together for this project--the bin is still full...sigh. I fear that all of my scrap bins are bottomless, somewhat like Mary Poppin's duffle bag. The scraps for these three placemats are leftovers from a quilt I made for my aunt a couple of years ago.  The placemats are about 12” by 18”. 

 I ...

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May 8, 2021
Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Red Scraps! from The Cozy Quilter

This year, I am trying to use my scraps in various projects to see if I can make some room in my scrap bins.  This month, the colour is Red at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge so I pulled out the red scrap bin. 

Each month, I am making a block or two for this project.  The pattern, Halldora, by Gudrun Erla is found in her book "Quilts of Iceland" which I purchased from her at QuiltCon in Nashville two years ago.  The red knot fabric has been in my stash for years and keeps showing up in various scrappy projects ...

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May 4, 2021
Make these Sewing Gifts for Mother’s Day from Pieced Brain

Make these Sewing Gifts for Mother’s Day

Are you looking to make sewing gifts for Mother’s Day? Check out these ideas which you may want to make for yourself and friends, too. They are easy and fast to make – they will be ready way before Sunday!

This Drawstring Sewing Pouch is perfect for handwork projects. It will hold needles, buttons, thread, pins, and other trims you need. It has eight pockets and a pincushion large enough for all your pins. The bottom is flat and stable – the pouch won’t wobble as you are trying to find or stow away supplies.

I have a few of ...

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April 25, 2021
Spring to Winter and Back to Spring Again from The Cozy Quilter

We had weird weather this week...Spring and then Winter and then Spring again!  Finn not too keen to go outside on Wednesday morning but did eventually do what he needed to do.  Then he stuck his face in the snow before coming back inside to snuggle with me on the couch while I hand stitched some binding on the placemats I made for Meals on Wheels. 


It melted right away on the driveway and sidewalks so at least we did not have to shovel it!  By Friday, it had all melted and we were in our spring jackets again ...

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April 24, 2021
Friday finishes! from With Strings Attached


We revisited Greenbelt and Ray Lake Forest Preserves on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. It was sunny but cool with very little wind.  The tree swallows are establishing their nests in the nesting boxes.  The flowers are trout lilies and [a yellow flower I have to i.d.]

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In the studio:  two finished projects!

Last in, first out -- I pieced Jumbo Waffles last week. I quilted it in a simple grid using the walking foot. I pieced the four left over blocks into the back before they could be consigned to the orphan box.

(Click on the "waffle stamps" label to ...

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April 17, 2021
Sewing My Scraps and some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

The colours for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month are light and medium/bright blue so I made two more blocks for my RSC challenge quilt for 2021. I used 17 different blues in each block. 

Here are the five blocks I have made so far this year.  

 One of the guilds I belong to, the Elgin Piecemakers, has taken on a new charity project this year.  We have 20 members and we have each agreed to make 12 placemats before November to be distributed to all of the Meals on Wheels recipients in our county.  I got started on ...

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March 16, 2021
Placemats and Napkins from Fret Not Yourself

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Finally. Two more kawandi placemats complete. There were only three birds so these have none and the scrap colors are much louder. I decided to pull a smaller, coordinated collection of scraps from the bag to add cohesion... Maybe. Reds in the first round established strong perimeters. I tried adding tiklis but am still not good at it. They usually occur to me after a round of stitching. 

Kawandi placemat 4

The dark pink across the top {and on the right side} is a gift from Sujata. It ...

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March 8, 2021
Quilted Placemats from Seaside Stitches

Buona festa della donna! (Happy International Women's Day!) 
 I just finished six quilted placemats for my sister. When she saw the ones I made for myself last summer, she asked for a set. Here are three of my six. We've used them almost every day since July, they've been washed a bunch of times, and still look great. They are improv pieced from scraps, which I find extremely entertaining. The straight parallel quilting lines hold everything together nicely.

 Here is Anita's set. She loves neutrals. I was able to use some of the fabrics that were ...

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January 17, 2021
Island Batik January Challenge - Placemats from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik January challenge is Placemats. 

The Island Batik box included a pack of 10" squares of "Blinded by Science" designed by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quiltworks.  The solid gray yardage was also provided by Island Batiks.

I used the 70/10 Microtex Sharp Needle by Schmetz Needles that was part of the Island Batik Box. 

Schmetz needles 

The four placemats finish at about 12" by 18" each. And I tried appliqué for the first time. 


Well that was the executive summary. The story follows:

Paul: What are you making?
Me (smiling): I am making eggs.

Applique ...

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December 26, 2020
Another Kawandi Placemat and More Tote Bags from Fret Not Yourself

Life is not fair but government must be.
~Ann Richards

There was time to finish a second kawandi placemat. Sujata gave me the idea when she suggested an appropriate size for her class. And I need a new set and what fun to work on something small in the evenings for a change. 

Kawandi placemat

This time the fula were sewn between the layers at the first round of stitching - just as Sujata recommends - but I didn't make quarter circles. Instead, they are folded into thirds, making them very thick and difficult to sew. I won't do it ...

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November 9, 2020
Setting the Table for the Holidays - Handmade Makes and Decor from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

46 days until Christmas and I am rocking and rolling this year, taking my time finding the best handmade makes to fill my home and to fill the homes of family and friends. If you haven’t jumped on the holiday making bandwagon yet this blog post might get you to jot a few sewing projects on your to-sew list. So, get a pen and paper ready as I show you some great ideas to set your table for the holidays and fill your home with handmade holiday makes and decor. 

Xmas Holiday Ideas

Adorn your Tables with Table runners

A ...

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August 13, 2020
Finishing the Vintage Christmas Placemats from From My Carolina Home

The placemats are finally done!!   When we left off last time, I had all the embroidery work done on the placemats and was ready to quilt them.  All the blocks had three inch strips of the directional ornament fabric put on each side for a placemat size of 12 x 18.

Vintage Christmas Quilt Along at

I loaded the longarm with a big piece of the ornament fabric for backing, and placed the little mats close to each other in a long row.  I had to be mindful of the directional print of the backing.

Vintage Christmas QA at

Auditioning thread colors, I decided on the medium taupe Glide ...

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June 18, 2020
Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop {Winter Forest Placemats + Giveaway} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today is my day to share on the Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop with Island Batik!

The collection that I have been sewing with is Winter Forest!

I have really enjoyed the fun wintry prints in this line!

Here are all of the fabrics in the bundle I received:

For my project, I cut 3.5" strips of each fabric to make strip pieced patchy placemats. I used the equivalent of 24 - 3.5" squares in each placemat top in a 6x4 arrangement.

I was actually able to cut enough from my strip sets to make six placemats plus a ...

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January 30, 2020
Bigger and Better Quilted Placemats from Samelia's Mum

A couple of days ago, I mentioned some these placemats that I'd been working on. Well, they're all now bound (with my favourite black and white stripe fabric which I purchased at Spotlight a few years ago) finished and all ready to use at dinnertime starting tonight.

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January 22, 2020
Blue Moon {Winter Blues Blog Hop} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today I am participating in the Winter Blues blog hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks...

...and I am sharing a scrappy project for my Island Batik Ambassador project for January!

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, Accuquilt products, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you!

For my project, I decided to play with the scraps I had left over from the Starburst wall hanging I made for my August Island Batik Ambassador project. I had a quite a few of the 2 ...

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January 16, 2020
Stitching Up A Storm from From the Strawberry Patch...

Scrappy Shining Stars 65" X 83" Remember all those piles of scraps that I have cut? Well, they're being used. I am holding fast to my guiding word for the year: VISION. I have a goal of making up stacks of scrap quilts in 2020 using what is right under my nose. Here's my first idea. This one will utilize 3.5" squares  in  9" 9-patches combining with 4-patches (2" UF squares for a 3" finished

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Stitching Up A Storm from From the Strawberry Patch...

Scrappy Shining Stars 65" X 83" Remember all those piles of scraps that I have cut? Well, they're being used. I am holding fast to my guiding word for the year: VISION. I have a goal of making up stacks of scrap quilts in 2020 using what is right under my nose. Here's my first idea. This one will utilize 3.5" squares  in  9" 9-patches combining with 4-patches (2" UF squares for a 3" finished

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