Thursday, November 04, 2010
I'm making good progress on the tree place-mats from America Quilts for Christmas magazine. I thought that these would make a nice gift for one of my son's teachers. She's making a real difference for him and I wanted to show my appreciation. But, I have to say, I've lost my motivation on this project. They are a little lack-luster to me. Maybe I can jazz them up with my machine quilting but I can't help but say meh when I look at these. Is it just me? Am I being too critical? I think they are very nice though - just not really my style - maybe that's it?
I chose to do the inside out method on these instead of a binding since I think that place-mats lay so much nicer on a table if they are not bound. A binding gives them an edge that can be tippy on a table and I don't like that.
The thing I loved about this project was that it gave me an opportunity to use my Accuquilt Go! triangle in a square die for the smaller trees in the boarder - yey!!! I really liked using the die - it made cutting all those triangles so much easier and faster and accurate! I found I had to get used to piecing with the dog ears already cut off - I think we're all accustomed to our own cutting - so using a different cutter style was a bit of a challenge to me. But I really liked it! It would have taken a long time for me to cut out all those triangles but I was finished in minutes!
Any advise on this project for me? How can I add some jazz to them?
Posted by Katrina at Thursday, November 04, 2010