Thursday, April 13, 2023

Table Runners

Back when my kids were in elementary school, they did a fund raiser where you could purchase a piece of their artwork on all kinds of things. (A very smart idea because what parent wouldn't buy something?) They also offered just squares of fabric with the artwork on them.

I finally - twenty years later - turned that artwork into a mini-quilt / placemat! (And, yes, I am impressed with myself that I still had it stored away in a place where I could find it stumble across it by accident.)

Just in case you didn't recognize her, this is Maria from the Sound of Music. It was drawn my middle daughter and was one of the best piece of elementary school artwork she ever did. It will now serve as a placemat under her laptop when she sits at our brand new kitchen table!

Next up is a placemat/ trivet made using Insul-Bright and a layer of bating. Insul-Bright has a reflective shiny bit sandwiched between batting like stuff to reflect the heat.

In my recent sewing room declutter, I came across several bags of scraps including some from the Moda Sweetwater Pure fabric line. (This fabric line is in my top 10 of all time favorites and when it came out, I remember purchasing  pre-cuts and yardage.) I tend to store like-scraps (i.e. those from the same designer or the same fabric line) together.   

I made many projects  with this fabric line including this queen-sized quilt made in 2012 which still sits on my bed over ten years later. Perhaps it is time to make a new quilt for our bed....

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. What a fabulous way to use the artwork from your daughter, and I love that she signed it!

  2. That's a wonderful idea by the school for kids artwork. I'll bet your daughter loves her new placemat.

  3. Like the quilt and colors, and I can see why it's still in use. Good to have a new one, though, and save this one now for a second future. =) Maria is great!

  4. Love that you made the placemat for her laptop. I bought a tote bag, a t-shirt, an apron and some notecards. The tote I still use, the apron is looking a bit worn, I think I could salvage the artwork into a placemat. This artist granddaughter has a 30th birthday coming up!!!!!! I should do that!!


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