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Chef Placemats Finished

For the past few days, I’ve been busy free motion quilting (fmqing) and binding the second set of placemats that were part of my 2015 Finish Along Q1 Goals.   They were also my March Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.

One of the quilts I intend to finish over the next couple of months is this one:

Raccoon, Owl, Squirrel quilt top and backing

I ordered that great multi-colored leaf print on etsy from Karen at Cutting Edge Fabrics back in October before our big move.   I think it’s the perfect backing to match the colors in the top as well as the forest theme of the quilt.

I plan to fmq leaves in the plain beige/cream blocks.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m using smaller projects to practice fmqing, so all four of the chef placemats were quilted in leaves and vines.

2 chef placemats

In addition to practicing fmqing this was also a chance to try out some different Sulky Cotton Threads.  Two were done with Sulky 12 weight Gold (#1070) and then for the other two I switched to Sulky 30 weight Blendable Foliage (#4009.)

I was checking to see how the two different weight threads looked in a finished item.   I also wanted to compare using a solid color versus the variegated thread of the Blendable.

Here’s a closer view of the threads side by side:

Side by side thread comparison
The 12 weight Sulky Gold is on the left and the 30 weight Sulky Blendable is on the right.

It was fun, as well, to discover how different each thread was to work with.  The heavier 12 weight took a bit more adjusting of thread tension and I had to refill the bobbin more times than I did with the lighter weight 30.  But I do like the more pronounced look that the 12 weight produces.  It would work best where you wanted your quilting to stand out, whereas the lighter weight Blendable gives a more subtle look to the quilting.

After I’ve had a chance to wash and dry the placemats, I’ll decide which weight to purchase to quilt the above quilt.

The completed placemats are now on the table ready for supper tonight.

4 Chefs Placemats on the table


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  • Leanne
    April 14, 2015 10:13 pm

    Your place mats are lovely, as are both weights of the thread.

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    April 4, 2015 10:19 am

    Your chef placemats have turned out really well. I will be interested to see if the different weight threads behave differently in the wash.

  • Doris McCarty
    April 1, 2015 9:42 am

    Thank you for the giveaway. I’m very excited to win! I will put it to good use. Thank you! Thank you!

  • MA
    March 31, 2015 10:27 pm

    Congratulations to Doris! I’m afraid I don’t know that much about fmq – it’s not something that gets used in crazy quilting. I always admire the intricate patterns that I see being done though.

  • Mary
    March 31, 2015 8:25 pm

    Congratulations, Doris. I just love those placemats and they look so pretty on the table.

  • Lori Smanski
    March 31, 2015 6:19 pm

    your quilt is going to look fabulous. and I love your placemats. how fun. your FMQ is looking so wonderful. after our son gets married learning to FMQ is on my list.

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