So there I was at lunchtime yesterday catching up on some blog reading, when I discovered that Rachael was running a challenge that I had completely missed.

merrily we sew along

The first challenge is for placemats.  Now normally a challenge related to placemats wouldn't exactly light my fire - I have no dining table, and therefore no reason for sets of co-ordinating placemats/ napkins/ tablecloths/ table runners etc, however I had been thinking for a while that I needed to make something along those lines for food styling purposes for my other blog, but what to do?

Once I was home, my eye lit upon the 2 bundles of scraps I'd grabbed from M Is For Make some time ago - although 2 pieces of the fabric were liberated just before I went away to make a sleep mask, I hadn't otherwise touched them.  The challenge was for something improv, and I really fancied trying quilt-as-you-go on something, so maybe, just maybe, that would work.  Thoughts percolated through my brain, perhaps my mojo has started to return (I'll not even go there on the bag I was dreaming up last night, but I'll have to figure out a few things to make that happen!)  Then I read the rules - err, it's for border stitched linen place mats, the improviness coming from stitching on them.  Oh.  Wonder if I could do double sided to make them more versatile, you know, linen one side, crazy improv patchwork the other?

I have a spark now, I don't want to squash its wee light out!  Anyway, here's my bundles - I haven't decided what to use yet, maybe a purples and blues one to start with, but I was also thinking of raiding my rather copious charm pack stash to supplement them.  What do you think?


Of course I still have those flipping bee blocks to do!  But then only one needs to be done by this time next week...

22 comments:

  1. If you make them double sided you could theme the sides differently, like Christmas on one side, all year round on the other??

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  2. Crazy, improv patchwork sounds like just the way to go! You have to nurture that sewing mojo or it might take the huff again and wander off!

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  3. So glad your joining Us.. I made a Tabler Runner

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  4. Look at that, poof! The mojo is starting to return

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  5. Our mojo's are definitely hanging out together. I sewed today too - but nothing I was supposed to be catching up on lol

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  6. Ah the fire is lit - no stopping you now. Mine is still uhm non-existant?

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  7. Focus, woman, focus. You will have to sleep in the garage if you arrive without bee blocks. ;-)

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  8. You are a crazy woman, you have me convinced! Why else would you be adding one more thing to your already lengthy list? All I can say is, "Fan the spark...fan the spark" and having said what I came to say, I'm outta here.

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  9. Go for it! I am going to check out your other blog now.

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  10. I can the sparks are flying!! You have a food blog?

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  11. Sounds like the mojo is coming out of hibernation!

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  12. I didn't know you had another blog! Where do you find the time?! By the way, the linky party on 30th November what happens there? Do we do another post to link up? Sorry to be think...

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  13. A food blog? Why did we not know that? The navy and the pink really caught my eye - would love those on a table = and no table?

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  14. Don't let the wee little spark go out!!!!!! Sew for me since I am not able!!!! I need you to sew like the wind!!!!! Lol!!!!!

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  15. I made mine double sided/bagged out with batting inside. Halloween on one side and thread drawn icebergs on the other side (that doubled as quilting). It's all improve mojo all over the

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  16. Love those fabrics, esp the purples (having a thing about purple at the mo!). Jxo

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  17. Yay for that spark, hope it is getting bigger! Juliex

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