Quilting Kitchen Accessories
This is my sister's dinning area in her beautiful home.
She made the window treatments a little while back and had some fabric left over and wanted some place mats for her table. The ones she could find in stores were rectangular and overlapped on her round table, so she asked if I could come up with something that would fit her table.
I'd never made place mats before and wasn't sure where to start. I asked her for a sheet of freezer paper and I put it on the table and traced the edge of the table to get the rounded edge and then drew in the general shape. I cut out 4 of these shapes to make sure they would fit the table and we even set one of her plates on it to make sure it was big enough. The shape seemed to be fine so I refined this into the finished pattern. One side of the place mats is pieced and the other side one fabric. I made little napkins from the matching fabric also.
The Wall Art
To follow the coffee cup theme in the curtains I wanted to make a mixed media wall hanging for the kitchen with a cafe feel. I searched on line for Paris Cafe style art and came across a link for some of the more famous cafes and thought I'd use one of there address to put on the piece to give it a poster feel, as if it were an advertisement for the cafe. This became the look I wanted, a poster. So I created the top element from chipboard and scrap booking papers. I couldn't find the chipboard lettering like I wanted so I made mine from scratch.
Then I drew out the quilted portion of the "poster" using fabric markers and fabric inks, then did the quilting. Below is a close up of the steaming cup. I'm learning that drawing and painting on fabric is very different from canvas or paper. Lots of little scraps of fabric were used to test each pen, marker and brush stroke. Blending colors really took some getting used to.
All in all I was very happy with the results.