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Autumn Leaves Machine Cross Stitch Placemats & Napkins

Monday, 30 October 2017 1:00

Cross Stitch is one of the oldest styles of embroidery. According to several historians, it dates back as far as the Tang dynasty in China (618-906 AD). It is traditionally done by hand with hundreds to thousands of tiny cross-hatches forming each finished design. In many ways, it’s really a precursor to today’s pixelated digital designs. To create cross stitch by machine, you need a thread with a matte finish to replicate the traditional antique look, and it must be super fine in order to form the multitude of tiny crosses. We chose Aurifil 80wt thread, which succeeded beautifully on all levels, producing a soft, realistic heirloom finish. 

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Bound Jelly Roll Strip Placemats

Thursday, 26 October 2017 1:00

Today's fabric collections seem to get more gorgeous with each season's new arrivals. There are multiple colorways and a wonderful variety of motifs. And, of course, they all blend together beautifully. It can be hard to narrow down your choices, which is why we designed today's multi-fabric placemats. Each one uses seven different 2½" strips. It's perfect for pre-cut Jelly Rolls, but you could also cut your own strips from all your favorites. Decorative stitching ties the rows together, adds a bit of elegance, and holds all the layers in place.

Patchwork Trivets with Circular Quilting

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 1:00

I remember having a drawer full of trivets growing up. There were elaborate crocheted ones my grandmother had made as well as tacky souvenir versions from one or more family vacations. I inherited a few, but when I decided I wanted more, I discovered they must have fallen out of favor as a kitchen accessory because they were rather hard to find. Perhaps the hot pad is supposed to be a stand in, but their square shape and smaller size just isn't as functional. A generous round trivet is by far the winner when it comes to providing an easy, effective way to protect your table's finish from hot serving dishes or from cold dishes that can "sweat." This project is our personal mission to revive the terrific trivet! Ours is a pretty patchwork pattern with pie-shaped wedges in a full circle. We provide free downloadable patterns for the front wedges and the back circle.

Fast Fridays: Sparkling Napkin with Decorative Stitch Border

Friday, 18 August 2017 6:00

As the air conditioning blows softly on the back of your neck, let us be among the first to remind you that Summer is sneaking away and Fall and Winter will be here soon, bringing with them holiday celebrations. These pretty napkins are a fast and easy way to add a bit of sparkle to your table. We used a mid-weight metallic linen blend, which is not only lovely but is also a perfect weight for a more formal napkin. A wide band of continuous decorative stitching along one side adds a lovely finishing touch. We also give you a list of the various napkin sizing options. Who knew there were so many?! 

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Fast Fridays: Special Occasion Cutlery Pockets

Friday, 12 May 2017 1:00

A popular trend when planning party table settings is to corral your cutlery in their own little pockets. They hold everything you need in one handy unit and add a bit of flair to the overall look of the table décor. Because they're self-contained, you can use the pockets with placemats, tablecloths or simply line them up on the table buffet style. 

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Special Occasion Tablecloth with Deep Double Ruffles: Embrace Double Gauze by Shannon Fabrics

Monday, 03 April 2017 2:00

Spring has sprung, which means special occasions will soon be filling up your calendar. We have a beautiful tablecloth you can create to dress up your next event. It would be perfect as a wedding guest book table! When the festivities are over, move it inside as an elegant side table with a shabby chic flair. The lovely drape of the tablecloth along with its lusciously deep ruffles are thanks to Embrace Double Gauze by Shannon Fabrics. Soft and light as a cloud, Embrace Double Gauze has the colors and texture to create just the right mood for your special occasion. Truth be told, wouldn’t you just love to have a skirt with ruffles like this?! The twirl potential is off the charts! 

Mini Charm Square Patchwork Placemats

Friday, 17 March 2017 1:00

As they say, sometimes the best things come in small packages. We love the itty-bitty adorableness of Mini Charm Squares. At just 2½” x 2½”, they are beautiful bite-size pieces that can be pieced together into colorful combinations. We used them to create double borders on a set of placemats. Each placemat uses 40 of the standard 42 squares that traditionally come in a Mini Charm Square pack, so there’s hardly any waste. And since they’re all cut from the same collection, it’s easy to mix and match. We used a Mini Charm Square bundle from the new Lulu Lane collection by Corey Yoder for Moda. 

Fast Fridays: Free Motion Quilted Coasters

Friday, 16 December 2016 1:00

Pieced strips of colorful cotton and wavy, free motion stitching give these coasters the look of a tiny quilt. They’re a wonderful last minute gift idea for the holidays or any special occasion. Wrap up a stack to give by themselves or bundle them with a set of mugs or glasses. Need to make a bunch? No problem; Fast Fridays are all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. Pull together some of your best bits of bright fabric and you’ll have scads if these snazzy squares in just a few hours.

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Ruffled-End Table Runner for the Holidays or Any Day

Monday, 05 December 2016 1:00

When browsing for great fabric for a seasonal table runner, we kept returning to the home décor category because of the bold designs and striking colors you can find there. These traditionally heavier fabrics are where most people turn for larger projects, such as curtain panels or upholstered items, so the motifs tend to be bigger and the tones more dramatic. Not only is it beautiful fabric, it's also often thicker, tougher, and more durable. Batting is usually necessary with runners made of standard cottons in order to protect the tabletop from hot or wet dishes. But with this fabric, two simple layers provided plenty of protection... unless, of course, you plan on serving sizzling fajitas at the table for your holiday dinner!

Autumn Leaves Machine Cross Stitch Placemats & Napkins: Aurifil 80wt Thread

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 1:00

Cross Stitch is one of the oldest styles of embroidery. According to several historians, it dates back as far as the Tang dynasty in China (618-906 AD). It is traditionally done by hand with hundreds to thousands of tiny cross-hatches forming each finished design. In many ways, it’s really a precursor to today’s pixelated digital designs. To create cross stitch by machine, you need a thread with a matte finish to replicate the traditional antique look, and it must be super fine in order to form the multitude of tiny crosses. Aurifil 80wt thread succeeds beautifully on all levels, easily out-performing silk and producing a softer more realistically heirloom finish. We stitched our designs on a set of luxurious linen placemats and napkins. 

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