As promised at the end of my last post, here are the photos of the finished Garden Party set.
If you remember, I began by making this flowered appliqué table runner, using the freezer paper appliqué method. I had such fun making the runner, that I decided to make a set of matching placemats...
To keep it playful, I switched up the colors of the flowers and the binding for each placemat...
now everyone can have their own!
And now, after much technology based trial and tribulation, (one broken computer resulting in lost files, replaced by one new and advanced computer, (resulting in a slight learning curve) followed by one broken printer 4 days later, now replaced by a new printer which again is requiring me to stretch my technology tired brain once again...) I have finally gotten the pattern for this Garden Party set done!
Appliqué, (something I use to do quite a bit of, if anyone remembers... Space Spores anyone?!) really lends itself well to pattern making, and after all the piece work and improvised quilt making that I have been doing the last several years, (and will keep doing) I am enjoying revisiting the creative illustrative design aspects that appliqué offers.
I've written patterns for books and magazines before, but this is the first pattern that I have created to sell in my shop. I took a great deal of time and care to write it in a friendly conversational manner, so it would feel as if I were right there, as if in a one-to-one lesson. The pattern comes in a PDF file and is full of illustrations and photographs detailing the steps, from creating the freezer paper appliqué motifs, to laying them out, and quilting them. Helpful tips and suggestions are sprinkled throughout, as well as ideas on alternative ways to achieve different looks, including suggestions for easier and quicker quilting methods.
Along with the project directions and templates, (which once downloaded will print out at the correct size, eliminating the need to enlarge or resize) I've also included a handy comprehensive 'Basics' guide where lots of helpful information on on sewing and quilting can be found, as well as a completely illustrated guide to sewing and attaching a continuous binding with metered corners.
All in all, I wanted my Garden Party Table Runner and Placemat Set Pattern to be something that offered the more intermediate/experienced quilter a fun project to work on, but I also wanted it to be a very user friendly pattern for any beginner quilter who is now comfortable with the basics and is feeling ready to stretch her wings and try some new things!
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Have a great week, everyone!