Friday, January 3, 2014

Reds and Whites

Nothing says "cheerful" like the colour red in the midst of winter.  I love the energy and warmth it adds, so when I re-discovered the leftover bits from making a Bento Box quilt a couple of winters ago, I happily set about making a few more scrappy placemats for our everyday use.
A bit of scrappy patchwork seems so homey and it's satisfying to be able to add colour 
as well as add a bit of texture to our everyday lives in this way.

There's some re-purposed fabrics in the mix, scraps from previous projects, along with several thrift shop fabric finds.  I love a good mix of print and value in a controlled colour scheme - simple, but eye-catching.
 Each mat is unique - right down to the binding.  I used a bit of this red and a bit of that red with whatever whites/off whites I could pull from my stash... and love the result! Bonus is that any spills are hard to spot.  Gotta love that!

I love a scrappy binding!
The new placemats look right at home on the table, especially since the chairs are covered in the same scrappy patchwork design.

We're still "sitting on quilts" ;o)
 A good start to the New Year... my first finish (even if I did start this a month ago).
Hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start, too. :o)
I'm linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for


  1. These are such bright, happy placemats! And you know what they say about red stimulating the appetite!? Don't eat too much! :-))

  2. I love these :) Red is my all time favorite color and your place mats go with Valentines Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and September with a big bowl of apples as a center piece. Then back to Christmas and winter. I just might steal this idea and dig into my scraps.
    Come over and help me celebrate my second year blogging anniversary :)
    Keep Smiling,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  3. Love the placemats AND the great cushiony chairs. What an inviting table you set!

  4. I agree with all the white we have out there...nothing nicer than red and white, the placemats are beautiful.

  5. Those are some way cool placemats! Love that they coordinate with the chair cushions. Being a practical girl myself, anything that helps hide a spot is a good thing.

  6. These are just darling and make for such a cheery dining table!

  7. Whoohoo! A finish is always something to celebrate. Love the scrappy bright placemats.

  8. Nice placemats!
    I like the way they go together with
    the chair cushions.

  9. I love red and that is a bright and cheery dining room! I really MUST get my chair cushions done this year!

  10. very nice, and perfect for Valentines day coming up, might need to make some for my table too!

  11. I am planning on working through my red stash soon. This just gave me some good ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Love scrappy placemats and the red and white look great all year!

  13. Love red and white! Are you on Instagram Katherine? I've just joined. You can follow what I'm making at sarahkrothe.


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