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.
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.
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!
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.
Color Block is a classic fashion trend and is just as fabulous for home décor. It has a cool 60s vibe in a bold, modern style, and no prints need apply. This is all about solid, saturated color, which makes it perfect for today's amazing large selection of solid quilting cottons. We worked with Michael Miller Fabric's Cotton Couture collection. For most of history, cotton has been a luxury fabric, something worth hauling by caravan out of the middle east and all the way to Europe. For some manufacturers, like Michael Miller, cotton is still a luxury fabric. From selecting the cotton variety to processing to dyeing, their goal isn't to make the least expensive fabric possible, but the best.
"Whoooooooo wants lunch?!" Our adorable appliquéd owl placemats make mealtime fun for kids... or those of us who are kids at heart! As they tumble through the trees, they seem like the perfect project for the first day of Fall. We provide templates for all four owl designs along with detailed step-by-step instructions for how to layer and stitch. Each owl pal has its own personality, thanks to their expressive eyes and whether they're hopping, perching, flying or falling. The fabric selection for all the pieces also adds style and sass. We dug through our scrap stash for a blend of fall colors. Each owl features one tiny print and one coordinating solid.
Not only does this Fast Fridays project live up to its speedy name, it’s also a great ScrapBuster opportunity – especially for your favorite leftover 5” x 5” charm square pre-cuts. Cut, layer, stitch, serve (shaken not stirred). It’s just that easy and as cute and colorful as can be. Of course, you could switch to a more elegant look with muted tones and metallics. Or wouldn’t these be lovely on the guest tables in wedding colors, maybe with a touch of lace? Let us know what great ideas you come up with next time you feel like whippin’ up something wonderful in no time at all!
The indoor variety of this project if often called a "mug rug." It's simply a small placemat to hold just a few items, such as a mug of tea and a biscuit. Since we are coming up on the season to dine al fresco, we felt there needed to be an outdoor version of the mug rug. Using just a few small cuts from outdoor fabrics, we designed a cute Mini Mat that sports a handy, full-width pocket and a grommet for hanging.
Start with a simple yet bold fabric, add some distinctive decorative stitching, and the result is a stunning table runner that's a perfect backdrop for an upcoming Easter gathering or any occasion that calls for a pretty table setting. Remember, "Life is short; use the good china!" We chose a canopy style striped fabric, which is easy to find in a myriad of colors. The Wave Runner collection from Fabric Depot is an excellent option. Thanks to our amazing Janome studio machines, we found the perfect stitch pattern, picked a strong contrasting thread color, and sewed our long lines of embellishment with perfect form and precision... even when running for over 100 inches! Industry-leading stitch quality is one of the main reasons we are so happy to be an exclusive Janome studio.
Lovely linens make any occasion special. With new spring fabric collections hitting the shelves of online and in-store retailers, now is the perfect time to mix and match your favorites to create a set of fancy placemats for tea time or anytime. When making your next cup, here's a little tea tip: the hotter you brew, the darker and more robust the tea; the cooler your water, the sweeter and more mild it will taste.