Monday, June 23, 2008

Patchwork Placemat


Patchwork Placemat

Thanks a million for warm & sweet comments that you guys have given me and are possibly going to leave for me in the future. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate every single comment on this blog and e-mail and how much joy that brings me. Your comments do make my day! Thank you!!

By the way, this is the placemat I finished this morning. Most of the fabric I used for this comes from my precious stash of vintage fabrics. I really wanted to make a placemat that is super retro so I got this pattern from this old book, Patchwork & Quilting. This book has got extremely charming vintagish ideas for patchwork and quilt. I often find this book at thrift stores.
Patchwork Placemat

Now I think about it, I think this was my very first time to work on this kind of very traditional patchwork pattern that has been given a name from old times. This pattern is called "King's Cross". I love the pattern and adore how it turned out with my choice of fabrics.

Patchwork Placemat

"Oba-chan(Grandma in Japanese)!" I don't know why, but looking at this mat I keep having flashbacks of times I spent with my grandma in Japan when I was a little. The little store we often went to to pick up snacks, (which I'd even forgotten about for many years), the origami she bought for me, how I cut out it into small pieces and stored in a plastic bag....Oba-chan's smile..... I miss her!!!!!!!!!!!! Why this placemat? I really don't know. Anyways, I feel nostalgic. I think colors, patterns, music, and all sorts of other things that you see, hear, and sense encodes you with such unforgettable feelings. I smile looking at this placemat. I really can't wait to see my oba-chan this summer.

Patchwork Placemat

This placemat is now in my etsy shop

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Patchwork Placemat


Another showoff of a thrifted item;) One Pillowcase, front and back! Isn't it super pretty? I love vintage stuff!!!

Thanks for reading!




12 comments:

  1. Okay, first of all, that placemat makes me so HAPPY! I love the colors!! Honestly, when I loaded up this page and I saw that picture, I immediately got the hugest smile on my face. It's adorable!!!

    Then, I scrolled down and saw your thrifted pillowcase. Hrmmm... I wonder. Methinks I've seen that pattern before. And then I realized that my girl Punkinhead had made a bag out of the VERY SAME pillowcase! (Well, not the actual same one, but the same print..) Check it out:

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11588226

    How cool is that??

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  2. Gorgeous! What a perfect way to use up the small scraps that we can't stand to throw away!

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  3. I love that pillow case! I hope I can be lucky enough to thrift one for myself. You inspire me to grab my scraps and make some placemats or a table runner. I have a tub of scraps, but time is limited at the moment. I think your placement is very pretty.

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  4. OMG, I have that same exact book, which I found at a Seattle Goodwill store. I love the 1970s take on the classic patterns. Pretty placemat!

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  5. I love all your works!!! Congratulations!!! best regards

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  6. Thanks for your warm comments!!

    Casserole-
    I saw the bag made with the pillow case! That's really nice! It's so fun to think about other crafting people finding the same vintage things and thinking what they can make off of it. Thanks so much also for your sweet comment on my placemat! I smile too when I see it;)

    Lisa365-
    Thanks;)

    karen-
    Thanks;)

    Denise Felton-
    I had a tiny scraps of this vintage green fabric and just simply loved it so much that I'm glad I finally found a use of it!

    Billie-
    Thanks! Pillow Case section at a thrift store is always worth spending a lot of time on, because pretty ones are usually hidden! I've never made a table runner, hmmm I wanna try that!

    Ruby's Daughter-
    Oh my! I found the book at Goodwill in Seattle too! haha! Did you find it at the one near International District? That would be interesting!! But I see this book very often at thrift stores.

    Lua-
    Thanks! *smile*

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  7. Its beautiful. I can't get enough of your work.

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  8. Nanette Merrill and daughters-
    What a sweet comment! I'm tickled!

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  10. I think that I would have liked meal time a lot better if I had place mates like this when I was a child.

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