Several weeks ago I went fabric shopping. I had no Halloween décor for my home, so I enlisted my friend and former coworker Amy, a huge Halloween fan, to help choose fabric for placemats to address that lack.
Those spiders are a stretch for me. Not a spider fan over here, despite knowing that they help control pests. The color, scale and theme were right though, so I went with it.
|Halloween Fresh Wrapped placemats in progress
I chose to use my Fresh Wrapped pattern. There wasn't much cutting to do, as these are strip pieced, so the cutting and piecing were easily finished in one evening. I then pondered what to quilt, and decided quilting in the ditch would be just fine. The fabrics are the stars of the show in these, and since I was using Thermore for the batting, I didn't need to quilt more densely than that. Thermore is ideal for runners and placemats, as it has just enough loft to still show a bit of texture from quilting, but not so much loft that the surface is uneven and results in tipped beverage glasses. It also doesn't shrink, so paired with pre-washed fabric it results in a placemat that won't get too wonky after washing.
|Binding Fresh Wrapped placemats
I think the binding took longer that the quilting. Placemats are small, so it's easy to forget how much binding a table set needs. This set has about 360". That's 10 yards! If you're wondering why I use so many clips, you can read all about it and the rest of my binding method here. I've tried school glue instead of all those clips, but clearly I need to go back to kindergarten because I made a mess with the glue. I'll stick with clips.
Binding is rather boring, right up until it's finished. When it's finished, I marvel at what difference the binding makes.
|Halloween version of Fresh Wrapped, by Canuck Quilter Designs