Disclaimer: Sarah sent me her pattern to make a set of place mats for this party. However, I don't use place mats at my house. I'd have to make way too many! But I do use the place mat concept to make table accessories for my house. I hope Sarah forgives me for not following the exact rules of the game. And I hope you can see many possibilities from what I make and from the other ideas linked to Sarah's party.
First I made Sarah's pattern into a valentine place mat. Yeah mine look different from hers, and probably everyone else. Again, forgive me Sarah. I often purchase a pattern, and make it my own in some way. I know lots of quilters do that so maybe you'll understand. I realize that the Valentine place mat looks really busy. But if you look at it for a while you can see the resemblance to her pattern.
Next I made Halloween Houses into a place mat. The fabric is whimsical and I used non-Halloween fabrics as complimentary pieces. It is easier to make out Sarah's pattern here.
This one is for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, all the summery patriotic holidays. Again I used just regular fabrics together to create a flagish color scheme. And this time I pretty much did follow Sarah's pattern.
My last (and favorite) is a very non-traditional color scheme for a Christmas place mat. I love love love Monica's new Holiday Happy fabric. She has it in 2 color ways. But this set of colors matches all my other Lecien. And really, I can get away with using this other times than Christmas. I'll just pretend those designs are not Christmasy when I want to. I really love this place mat.
So I wanted to show a representation of how I might use the place mats for holiday decoration in my home. Valentine means red. The beautiful teapot was a gift from Lori Holt. I am so glad red is in most of our holiday themes.
I don't like a huge show of holiday decoration at my house. I think a little goes a long way. So I like to use quilts in different sizes to bring that hint of whatever holiday spirit into my house along with a few accessories. I could have candy in either of these little kitchen items.
Flora gave me these patriotic accessories that I display on my entryway buffet. I think they look lovely partnered with my new place mat.
To me, pink, yellow and aqua say fun. And Christmas is fun. So these colors work for me. I might put the seasonal or holiday place mats on my table or in my sewing room with anything on top of them.
Earlier in the month I showed you the bags and kits I was taking to Panguitch for the Quilt Walk Festival. Well I decided I had a couple left over so I will offer a kit complete with lining, rick rack and button along with the pattern to make the bag (as seen above) as my little giveaway part of the party. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before Friday July 2. And I'll include you in the drawing for this kit. (kit only, completed bag is not part of giveaway)
Here is the pattern.
This is the kit you will receive. Well not with Monica's Happy Holiday fabric underneath the kit. But hey her fabric would make a cute bag wouldn't it! hmmm Thinking.
Leave a comment after this post for a chance to win the kit. Say anything. Well anything nice. If you comment on a different post here you won't be included in the giveaway. Just comments on this post will be considered. You also want to go to Sarah's blog to comment in order to win the grand prize. And don't forget to visit everyone and see their place mats and their blog prizes you could win. Refer to rules and details on Sarah's blog.
I'm kind of running a few different directions right now. So I hope this all makes sense! And it is nearly midnight. My computer is back and running great. Thank Heaven! So I had to push making this post to the very limit.
Enjoy and leave a cute comment!!