Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas in July Blog Hop Day 1

Hello! Welcome to day one of the Christmas in July blog hop. This hop is all about Christmas. I hope you'll find amazing and fun inspirations to jumpstart ideas for your Christmas sewing and giving. A BIG thanks to Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt for hosting this fabulous hop!



I have been really busy so I pulled out a panel I bought years ago from Kate Spain to use and make some coasters and placemats. Let me just say that pre-made panels are not my thing. They may look even but when you start cutting them apart and piecing them into the project it calls for there were issues. The pieces were not even and I had to trim to make sure the project all turned out the same. I do love the end result though so it all worked out well ;-D



First up were small round and square coasters. They were simple enough, but I wasn't paying attention and layered the pieces together all wrong. My seam ripper was working overtime to undo the damage, lol. 




I don't know about the round ones. They're so hard to get back into the circular shape they're supposed to be after you turn them right side out.




The panel calls for either making placemats, small pillows or a table runner. I opted for the placemats because you can always use them. It was more practical. This was where I ran into the problem of the pieces not fitting together and had to do quite a bit of trimming. I am glad I was able to put the placemat tops together and they came out great! I just didn't have time to completely put them together so that's what I am going to do this week after all I keep having to tell myself that there will not be anymore unfinished projects. 





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Freemotion by the River
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Finish or Not Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Show off Saturday

21 comments:

beaquilter said...

adorable items! love that fabric too

Brenda said...

Hello! This is my first time to your blog and I enjoyed your post and all of the details about the panels. Your projects look fantastic and I am sure you are thrilled everything did turn out. I have been given holiday and pillow panels through the past couple of years and just have not found the time, but will hopefully remember your true words of honesty and cut slowly. Thank you for sharing, it really is uplifting for me at this time. We live in Southern Oregon and are covered in smoke from all of the fires. Bright, cheery fabrics and projects just really help make the day better. Have a fantastic day!

barbara woods said...

great placemats

Susan said...

Great use of panel fabric!!

Carol S. said...

I’ve had that problem with panels, too, but you wouldn’t know there was anything out of the ordinary with your cute pieces. I love the fabrics and how cute the placemats look! Thanks, Kim, for hopping along with us and sharing your projects.

Kwilty Pleasures said...

Love the fabrics. Good job.

LJ said...

Yes, circles are hard to sew and turn into true circles but usually it's not that noticeable. The placemats are really cute - the fabric is adorable.

Karla Brown said...

Love your projects — so cute!

tink's mom said...

If you hadn't mentioned the problem with the poor printing of the panels no one would have noticed, you did a wonderful job working around the issues with the placemats. Great job and thank you for sharing.

Susan-Sharon Passmore said...

Sew pretty! You're going to have such a fun & festive table for Christmas this year. Thanks for sharing.

Kay said...

Love your fabric - bright and cheery. Sometimes those things we leave in our "someday" piles turn out adorable, and we wonder why we waited so long to get them made.

Carla said...

Boy, do I know your pain when it comes to panels and the shapes not being consistent. No one would know it from your finished project. Your table will be so festive and pretty for sure.

anna brown said...

Great fabric and love your idea tytyty.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Beth Strand said...

Lovely!

Suze said...

Great placemats and coasters. Panels are always very inviting and then usually frustrating. Thanks for pushing through to have some incredible placemats.

Jeanna said...

I've never had much success with panels. I think I have one more in my stash to do something with and then I am going to try to avoid them going forward.

However, you made great use of your panel and I love the colors and design in the fabrics. All of your projects are cute, I especially like the placemats.

Louise said...

All these fun table decor items turned out great! I love that coffee cup fabric :)

Lyndsey said...

Great projects and I love the fabric.

thatfabricfeeling.com said...

Good for you for persevering through this panel. Each project came out great, despite your grief. I know what you mean about sewing circular items...they just never seem to be as easy as they appear. Thanks for hosting another great blog. I'll jump in on the next one in a few weeks.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

I think your coasters and placemats turned out very well. We are so hard on ourselves. I've had issues with panels, too.

Cindy Staub said...

Adorable!!! I just love your placemats. I also love the fabric, so cute!