I wish to thank Carol from justletmequilt.com for hosting this blog hop.
I began by cutting apart all the "pieces" of the panel down to each individual component, except I kept the middle section of one of the panels intact.
This section was going to be left as it is. I then proceeded to put fusible fleece on the back although I am not sure now why I did that. It did turn out really nicely though after quilting...
Next I started resewing everything back together, but in totally different ways.
You are probably getting the gist of what I was making now, a table topper with four placemats, two of the bird with berries and two with the birds on the pine tree. I then applied fusible fleece to these.
But, I was not done yet... My daughter is always asking for those kitchen towels that have the flap that buttons over the top so she can put it on her stove. I found a cute red checkered towel that was in my stash and decided to cut it in two to make two towels.
Gathering and attaching it to the front of a panel piece, I then sewed the "inside flap" above this piece. Then sewing together the front and back outside flap right sides together, I pinned the flaps together folding a quarter of an inch up for the back side, I sewed the three sides together, turned the flap right side out and stitched down the opening through the two flaps and the toweling.
At this point, I was ready to find a button and make the buttonhole.
I knew I would find something in my button box, and so I did. I decided upon the deep red.
I had never made a buttonhole with my Bernina before, and I tried just "winging it" and ended up taking the entire thing out. I found my manual, followed the instructions, and OMG it was so easy. I will have to remember look things up in the instructions.
Anyway, I loved it!
All that was left was to quilt and bind the placemats and table topper. I used a soft and white batting in between (and yes, this is the time to wonder why I used fleece on all the pieces) and did echoing around all the designs in the pieces. I think this turned out great and I am really proud of it.
Happy Christmas in July! I hope you have enjoyed my project. Please look at all the other bloggers' posts for other great ideas!
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