Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating our Gal Pals! This is our second year, and it's just as fun. It's actually a fictional holiday based on the TV show "Parks and Recreation", but it's still a really sweet way to celebrate women in our lives.
I needed to start this before my 2018 Ambassador box arrived (sewing time is limited, especially lately. Mom's dementia is progressing, and we've had quite a difficult time over the last 3 months). I also found 2 12" blocks from last year (also known as UFO's or UnFinished Objects). I wanted to make 2 placemats for Mom's table. Yes, I get to use them too. Since she thinks I'm her best friend, I figure she won't remember to get me a gift, and I don't want to buy something for myself. So I'm doing it for both of us. Her dining room table always has a fabric tablecloth. I noticed that using placemats last fall made a difference in keeping the cloth cleaner, so I want to make some for each season, to go along with a runner I have already made. The runners aren't with Island Batik, but that's fine. I'll use them anyway.
I cut out squares to make Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and 3 1/2" squares, from my collection of Island Batik scraps, including some from Cherry Berry. I picked a background that has a little bit of a peachy color dot. Last year's hearts were 8" squares, made with 2 1/2" units with a 2 1/2" border. This year I decided to make them bigger, using 3 1/2" units, for a 12 1/2" square (12" finished). For the placemats, I just added a 6 1/2" piece to one side, so the mats finish about 18 by 12.
Mom has one pretty floral plate, but a sweet collection of rose glasses from her mother, so I added them for the photo.
I opened a new spool of Aurifil 50wt thread in 4660 Pink Taffy to quilt feathers in the hearts and border, and a swirly feather in the sides of the placemats. I pieced these with Aurifil, too. Batting is Warm & Natural.
I was given this sweet heart print a few years ago, and just love using it for backing. It's a vintage piece, only 36" wide, from an estate but so cute! I often list other vintage things for sale, but this one is mine. I love hearts!
A friend from grammar school recently contacted me. We "found" each other on Facebook a number of years ago, and chat often. She recently asked for prayers for a medical issue, so I plan to drop one of the mug rugs off to her. Hopefully it will bring a little cheer and let her know I'm still praying for a good result. I'm not sure who will get the second one. My besties got some last year.
I'm so happy with how these came out, and hope to make more placemats for other months.
How are you celebrating your Gal Pals? Let them know you care, especially today.
What a sweet post. Gal Pals are important and good to celebrate life with. Love your projects. I definitely want to make heart placemats like yours. Just need to figure out the measurements. This are perfect for Valentine's Day, but also many times throughout the year. Yours are beautiful.
What a great post MaryEllen! I really didn't "get" the Galentine's Day before this year. Is this not the perfect year to support our gal pals?!?! Great design and wonderful color placement!
Oh these colours are so luscious! Well done on the gorgeous quilting.
The placemats are a great idea, and I love the mug rugs, I'm sure your friend will be delighted with such a thoughful gift. Well done!
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