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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"What happens when you build too many house blocks."

Hello,

Now sometimes I can get carried away with things. Melody  had a link to a table runner that had some little house blocks which remind me of those little huts on the beaches in some countries. I can't remember how many house blocks you needed for the runner but I went overboard.


 I raided the blue fabric box with a few other colours thrown in for good luck and contrast.


 As you can see I didn't make the table runner, it may have been a quilt for a while but then I decided I have enough of them.

 So now I have 9 place mats. Why nine not the usual amount for a set of place mats but you see I had thought if I did make the quilt 3 big blocks by 3 would make a good lap size quilt. Besides I will always have a clean place mat now. They measure 12.5 wide by 13.5 high.
This block was a good way to use up some of the fabric stash. For the backing I used a lovely pale blue gingham that I had purchased for the lovely sum of one dollar at Good Sammy's. There was nearly two metres of fabric in the length. So thank you to whoever donated that. Sometimes I can't believe how I find fabric for "later on" that is brand new and it fits in perfectly for the project I am working on. The binding fabric was some that a neighbour from our previous home gave to me. She used to own a patchwork shop so was the perfect neighbour to have.

"Gertrude Jekyll Rose"

 I picked this rose "Gertrude Jekyll' the other week,  a David Austin rose. Her long stem dictated she be in the vase by herself. It was a cloudy day so I took the photo out the front.


Today I had a play around on Picasa and used the Posterise setting to come up with this. Gosh you can have some fun with these types of Photo settings.

Would you believe that my next project will be a cover for a licorice. More will be revealed when I work out the pattern and get the supplies.

Happy days.
Bev C

20 comments:

Fiona said...

I love your mats... and those little beach houses are fun...
fun with picasa too.... that rose picture is very 'arty'...
Hugz

Maria said...

Oh I am a sucker for anything houses sew I just love your 9 Beachy Place Mats..
looks like you had fun playing with the photo of your pretty rose too.

Lynda said...

The placemats will be very well used - they are fun.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your place mats are gorgeous, lots of work there!! I thought it was a quilt at first. Your rose is beautiful too, Wendy

Michelle Ridgway said...

Love your mats. You have created a whole scrappy village. Your rose is gorgeous and very artistic playing.

Terry said...

I love all your place mats! They remind me of beach huts too! :0)

shez said...

love your house blocks,well done and you are clever with your pics.xx

Anthea said...

Great idea with the place mats Bev, love them!! You could always go back & make the runner another time, ha !

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Bev. Your placemat Beach House are very colorful and pretty.. Your ROSE is also very lovely. Hugs judy

tales from a handmade home said...

Your beach hut blocks are lovely, they remind me of our seaside holidays in Bournemouth, they make fab place mats. x

Melody said...

These have stitched up beautifully. Well done

Julie said...

I love those placemats Bev & yes they do remind me of those little huts that sit up on the beaches too :-)
I love the colour combinations you have chosen, Your ex-neighbour sounds like the absolute perfect neighbour to have may I add!!
A licorice cover did you say??!! ... cant wait to see that!!!

Christine M said...

Great placemats Bev.

Mitzi said...

What charming mats you created! And your rose image makes me want to experiment with Picasa.....

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hi Bev,
Those are simply adorable and they saw Summer is here. They make a great summer setting. Love all the fabrics you used, very scrappy and my kind of quilting. I like what you did with your photo shop. I've done some playing around with some of my photos and some really turn out neat. The one you did would make a great card. Have a great day.
Blessings,
Bobbie Lynn

Karen said...

What a great way to use those blocks. They will look great on the table. Smart thinking.
And that rose is delightful!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Love those beach huts Bev! Wow that photo is great...Have fun playing around with Picasa! And have a great weekend!

Sue said...

You're so clever to turn your house quilt into placemats. They look so cheery. I love your posterised rose too. Will you print that out and frame it......or make a modern quilt from the design?

Val Spiers said...

I love all the beach huts. Place mats are wonderful to use. So much less complicated than a table cloth. The rose is lovely.

Mylene said...

What a lovely rose!! And your placemats are great!!