Friday, June 28, 2019

Opal Silk Placemats OMG

This is my OMG for June, and I'm happy to say it is done, and has been for a bit. Both of these are now residing in Brianne's house, so she has a set of four. The post with the first two is here.
She put in a request before Christmas, and I delivered, but just two to be sure I had her approval. I got that approval with the first two, so the next two went onto the list of need-to-makes...

Brianne and Brady were coming to visit at the end of June so I figured I had better get her two placemats done! I made them the same as the first ones, pattern-wise, but I quilted them slightly differently.

I did double rows of straight-line quilting. There is 1/4" between the double line, and 1/2" between sets. I quilted them on my Bernina.

I'd bought these grey pieces with embossed butterflies and another with polka-dots with no real purpose a while back. They worked out perfectly for the first two placemats, and I had enough to back these next  two, one of each print again, like the first two.

Here are the backs:

When I was looking for the grey backing, I came across this 'vintage' woven that I thought would make terrific napkins. I asked Brianne if she would be interested in a set of four, and she said yes! I'm glad she's becoming so environmentally conscious.

I've been making a point to only use cloth napkins, and it feels GOOD. Brady also made a request: a case for his chopsticks and so I made him one with a Star Wars scrap from his I Spy quilt. He loved it. I forgot to take a picture. One thing I didn't get done, well two, before they left, was a straw case for Brianne's metal straw she uses for her Starbucks drinks, and Brady's football quilt, but I did get two test blocks done, and they are great! It's a great pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. You can see them in my previous post.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: original design
Size: 12 X 18"
Fabric: Kona cotton: Coal, Pool and Silver
Backing:embossed greys from stash from JoAnn's
Batting: Hobbs Thermore scraps
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced on my Bernina with Mettler 50 wt cotton; quilted with Aurifil 2600

Linking up:
Elm Street Quilts
Cooking Up Quilts
Quilt Fabrication
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIFF at Alycia Quilts


  1. I just love how popular your Beothuck Star qal is, Sandra. Maybe by next year, my skills will be up for such a journey too. Meanwhile, did I mention Rufus was my dad's name...died three years ago at 87. I enjoy all your posts very much. Lovely quilting...of course!!

  2. These are beautiful. I have lots of cloth napkins and remember to pull them out now and then. Thanks for the reminder. I will go grab some!! We waste too much paper.

  3. straight lines, just perfect for the place mats, and the colours, great together. and now there are four.

  4. Okay, I have a question. Is the Hobbs Thermore all poly? I'm thinking I want to use full poly in my next set of placemats, so I'm looking for advice, particularly Hobbs brand. Those placemats are so pretty! I use cloth napkins all the time; I got tired of buying so many paper napkins and then throwing them away.

  5. Those are very pretty! I love the colors you used!

  6. These look great! Congrats on getting it done. I only use fabric ones too (batiks are great as they show few stains). Fun that you made a carrier for Brady's chopsticks. I have a metal straw and hadn't thought about making a carrier. Something you can wash is a good idea as it hard to get them dry before you put it back in ...or lined with vinyl. HMMM now you got me thinking.

  7. Love those backing fabrics, especially the butterflies! Great job getting them all finished and gifted :)

  8. Very pretty place mats. 'Love those colors and quilting.

  9. What pretty place mats! I love that you used silk and am guessing that they are even prettier in person because of it.

  10. Such a timely post for me, Sandra. I really, really need to make new placemats for my own table and I just keep putting it off. I seldom sew for myself and, well, I think it’s time! These are lovely, dear. When my daughter was growing up. I always used cloth napkins. And I never bought paper towels. I've gotten out of that habit of late, so I thank you for the kick in the pants to reintroduce cloth napkins to my daily life. I even had several sets of little napkin rings.....I wonder where they all ended up. Hmmmm.

  11. Beautiful placemats! I like the straight line quilting, sometimes simple designs look the best.

  12. Pretty! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  13. I just love that gray and turquoise color placement combination - I loved it when you posted the first two placements you made a couple months ago and now that you made a complete set - that and my straw holders are my new projects - just what I needed as I wanted a non quilt project! Thank you.

  14. Hi Sandra! Ooh, these two placemats look just as fab as the first two. I love the quilting on them - it makes them special yet not over the top. Brianne and Brady are both lucky to have you in their life! We love to make things for our peeps, don't we?!! ~smile~ Roseanne