Thursday, October 30, 2014

No tricks, just treats

It's Friday and I've got a new finish, plus it's Halloween, so I have a treat for you!
Thanks to an invitation from the lovely ladies at Sew Sisters, I got to choose from among the bundles they curate for their monthly Kona Club and design a project to share with you.  Yay!
 my Kona Club Challenge design, a placemat that I've named, "Twigs".

Here's my first treat for you...
If you pop over to the Sew Sister's blog, you will find the tutorial I've written for you to sew your own "Twigs" placemat.
Choose you own Kona colours for this design or choose the Kona Club's Sept. 2014 bundle, like I did.  No matter which fabrics you choose, the project sews up quickly,  and would make a great gift idea (Christmas is coming... :o).

 The placemat uses fabric from four fat quarters (for the front including the binding), plus an additional one (just give me any excuse to use more colours in a project ;o) for the backing.  You will have fabric leftover which you might want to use to continue in making a set of these placemats. I have to tell you that I just love that backing in Kona's Coffee.  Totally yummy colour.  Hmmm... thinking I need to order some yardage so I can keep sewing placemats (yes, you can hear my family laughing... for me saying I need more fabric... it's like standing in front of a full closet and saying, "I have nothing to wear").  I digress....

The piecing and the quilting were done on my Singer 15-91 using Aurifil's 50wt cotton thread in Light Sand.   Good fabric deserves good thread, right?  Can't beat Aurifil!  Stitches like a dream. I kept my quilting to a minimum on purpose.  I love how the wavy, freehand quilting compliments the linear patchwork design and that the thread colour blends and contrasts on the front - while being the focal point on the backing.
 My inspiration for this design?

Can you see it? It's right outside my sewing room windows (I only wish the leaves were still there to add their gorgeous colour! ;o).

Please, go visit the Sew Sisters blog to find my tutorial and...
 (here's the second treat)

if you leave a comment there,  you have a chance to win the bundle of Kona fabrics I used to make my placemat!

How's that for a lovely finish to a week and to a month? :o)

Be sure to let me know if you sew a placemat (or two or three or... ;o) using my tutorial.  I'm always excited to see what others make from my designs - you encourage me to come up with more fun projects to sew and share.

 I hope you enjoy the tutorial and best of luck in the Sew Sisters giveaway (make sure you leave your comment on their blog to be entered to win the fabrics)!

 Thanks so much to Judy and Carol for inviting me to be a part of the Kona Club Challenge.  Sew much fun!

I'm linking up this week's finish with Amanda Jean and friends at Crazy Mom Quilts for


  1. Love your woodsie placemats, Katherine! I'm one of those odd people that loves to see the trees without their leaves so that I can see their "bones", which have so much personality. Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial!

  2. Your place mats are beautiful! I love the modern design and colors you used.

  3. I was wondering what you were making with those gorgeous colors you posted the other day. Your placemat is so pretty!

  4. I am amazed with how those twigs were created... wow! I never would have thought to make them like that - thanks for the detailed tutorial it is perfect and I love the design!! Those colours make me think of hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies... mmmmmm.

  5. Another lovely use for solids ... and definitely FAR from your normal palette!

  6. That's a new pattern, Katherine!
    I really love the tessallation-pattern with the twigs.
    It's a great choice of colors you made!

  7. Hi!!!! I really love your new pattern!!! So fun for fall too!!!! Thank You

  8. Lovely design! I've been itching to start a Christmas project so wouldn't this be nice in red and white?

  9. A great design Katherine and the colors you chose do it credit. Lovely warm shades. Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. This is a lovely piece, Katherine. Very fresh and fun! Love the twigs and the quilting is wonderful! Thanks so much for the tute!

  11. what a fab design! Thanks for making the tutorial available to us

  12. so fun Katherine! thanks for sharing the tutorial.


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