Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sewing for a Bloke!!!
My #1 son loves chillies!!! He is also the main 'cook' in his household. Don't worry, his wife has lots of other duties and attends to them well. In short, she is a workaholic, and a lovely girl. For years I have been thinking about organizing some chilli themed napery for their kitchen, and I think today I'm finally going to have the project finished. The above photograph shows the eight placemats I've made [they have a large wooden table which easily seats eight]. These are reversible, with chilli fabric on one side and green hessian on the other. I've done a little bit of quilted stitching just to keep the layers together - there is also a layer of green homespun between - I had it here, and the hessian, so thought it would serve my purpose well, and get rid of it!!!
I have also made the eight napkins, hemmed, with corners mitred. I love doing mitred corners, and I especially love the finished article. I simply press everything where it needs to be sewn, then sew. I find I get a really good finish working this way.
As there was quite a length of this fabric [yes, I know, I bought too much!!], I made two centre hotmats as well. These have an insulated wadding inside, as well as the green homespun. I needed to use the green homespun under the hessian, as it's loose weave allowed the colour of the insulbrite to peep through. That really didn't make me very happy!! I hope the photograph will show the layers I've used. They are quite nice and thick, and should protect the table if they are used for serving hot food.
I do hope he will be happy with them now that I have them all finished. I did show him when I'd made the first one, and he seemed impressed, his only comment being that they were a 'bit wild Ma'. At least they'll be a talking point at their next BBQ if nothing else - perhaps they'll all just have a giggle at his crazy mother.
I now want to get my fruit/vege fat quarters made for the other family. I know they like bright, country napery, so should not be disappointed when they are handed over. What a good excuse to get to the patchwork store - I desperately need to match plain homespuns...................
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