Meanwhile, my local quilt guild held a workshop in March on making placemats. This was a really fun workshop designed to learn different techniques on a small project. I was asked to share the organic line quilting I had been experimenting with. We decided to make placemats. Other members of the guild started the morning off teaching paper piecing and a quilt as you go technique. After lunch, I showed some samples of organic line quilting and straight line quilting using your free motion foot. This was the first placemat I did with some leftover little house blocks from another project using smoke invisible Mono.poly thread from Superior:
The next placemat I did was with some leftover tree blocks from the same sampler quilt using some King Tut variegated thread:
I had some more houses in my leftover sampler block pile, this time using Kaffe Fasset prints. I added strips of Moda candy to the sides and again used a King Tut variegated thread to quilt it with organic lines:
The quilt as you go technique:
This was the perfect project to teach some new skills and we can donate the placemats to our charity project for meals on wheels in December if we don't know where to put them :-).