|A place mat for everyone...|
I found Moda's Rural Jardin print by French General for $3 a meter at Fabricland recently. Shocking, since I've seen it for quadruple that in other stores. There was no need to twist my arm -- I know a fabric bargoon when I see one. I snapped up enough to make five place mats as presented in Sew Pretty Homestyle.
|The aerial view|
These little mats are very easy to do, and I like the hand quilting which produces a pretty ruffled effect when they are washed and dried. Thankfully, they also wash and wear well -- a blessing when you've got a battle-scarred table and very little will to wash and iron table cloths. The mats are just pretty enough to distract diners from the tabletop and focus on the plates.
Speaking of crockery -- check out that jumbo Francais chocolat cup. I found it and its matching plate/saucer at Value Village for $2. I was tagging along with the kids last weekend. They were planning for their Halloween party costumes. I was just along for the ride. I also scored some vintage ric-rack in green and peachypink, as well as large embroidery hoops. I like those stitcheries framed in hoops you see all over the Internet, so I plan to give them a try. I also discovered that Berni likes to do free motion embroidery and the large wooden hoops make her happy to do my bidding. We are in negotiations vis a vis the free motion quilting of the bag. Watch this space!
Tomorrow morning, Sandra and I are going to a PJ party at a quilt store north of here. We are leaving at 5 a.m. in our PJs. I would like to promise photos, but I am reasonably sure Sandra will kill me once she wakes up. All I can say is -- I will try.