My good friend had a hip replacement last week (she's much older than me! just kidding Laura), and with Valentines day on the mind I made her a quilted mat for her table. This is a very simple pattern, I've made quite a few over the years.
A quick run down on how it's made, I made a plastic hexagon template to cut out the fabric.
This is so easy I made two mats at once.
cut off the excess fabric and sew on the next strips. Keep doing this until your happy with the size.
I then layered it with batting and a back and machine quilted it in the ditch.
A fun cheery little piece.
If your interested in the dimensions e-mail me and I'll send them to you.
The grandsons have been busy making their school Valentines boxes. They had so much fun.
A card and candy eating monster box.
My own personal quilted Valentines from years ago. I made this wall hanging with marbleized fabric hearts and three dimensional rose buds in the middle 90's.
In the early 90's while on a quilt retreat at my friends cottage we visited an huge old house turned into a (spooky) antique shop. I bought this skeleton key and lock and made this heart for it.
Shifting gears to Natural dyeing next summer.
One of my favorite natural dyes to grow is Cosmos flowers the orange ones. They give the most beautiful color and Eco prints and are not light sensitive. I heard there were Chocolate cosmos flowers and for the past three years I've been trying to find some. Last year I could find the plants at $5.00 a piece! They are a very small flowering plant and a annual! That was a little much. This year though I found the seeds on Amazon. I'm ready to begin planting and dyeing but that will be awhile, with about 12 inches of snow on the ground and more on the way it's just a dream. I'll let you know how they do in July!