I decided to have a little fun with this challenge. I chose to be a bit untraditional and make these with really bright basic fabrics from Island Batik.
I started with these solids and added these basic textures.
I put all of them in the wash together. One thing I love about Island Batik is the fabulous color fastness of the fabrics. No running of colors at all!
To make the "plate" and "cup" circles, I traced perfect circles on some fusible web.
I rough cut them out and fused onto the textured batiks.
I then cut them, but not perfectly on the lines. I did not want perfect circles. I wanted just a bit hand drawn look.
I fused them all, mixing up all the colors just for fun.
The quilting and embroidery of silverware was the finishing choice.
I started with a traditional setting, but really that isn't the way we live. Mostly the silverware will be all over the placemat.
I moved around the silverware for each placemat. I used metallic thread for a subtle look on the placemats.
I plan everything out so that I am not surprised when I start all the thread work. The quilting was done first, matching the quilting with the background fabric. Hobbs 80/20 batting provided a nice foundation for the placemats.
Then the silverware.....
I bind all my quilts on my Juki sewing machine.
Here they are:
Setting up on my kitchen table with all my fiesta dishes.
The living room bistro table....
And the out take.....Photo bombing by other Island Batik quilts.
Here is a list of all the Island Batik Ambassadors for 2021.
Visit and follow them for great ideas in quilting!
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~ The Inquiring Quilter
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke, Fiber Artist
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Jennifer Thomas ~ CurliCue Creations
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
In the light of current events, we really need to find some joy. The bright colors and act of creating with fabric can bring so much joy in a stressful time. Follow me on Instagram to find more fun and colorful quilt projects (and some gardening and cooking too!). Follow me on Instagram @bestquilter .