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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Quilted Placemats

I made quilted placemats out of scraps last year, and they are so pretty and get so many compliments. My sister-in-law loves them, so I made a pair for her this spring.
This is one of my original scrap placemats. I was practising machine quilting, not very successfully, but I still like the final result. The size is about 16 inches by 12 inches.
We will be staying with friends in London in two weeks time, and I have been wondering what would be an appropriate gift. I have decided to make a set of scrap placemats. I have been saving scraps from my quilts all year, and the scrap box is bulging. I cut many, many 1 1/2 inch strips, sorting light and dark. Then I sewed strips together in groups of 3, alternating light and dark. After pressing seams open (with finished 1 inch squares, pressing seams open gives a much smoother finished product), I then cross cut 1 1/2 strips to make nine patches, or 3 1/2 inch railroad squares.

Strips cut 1 1/2 inches wide.
Here are the nine patch and railroad squares being sewn together into strips five squares long.

Stay tuned for the final product!

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