dress up the kitchen table. . .

I’ve had an idea for placemats in the back of my mind for a while, something to spruce up the kitchen table but still be functional. . .as the Janome (I really need to name, he/she/it) is still in the shop, my 2″ hexie templates arrived and that cute little charm pack of Kate Spain’s Cuzco looked a little bored sitting on the shelf I thought let’s give this a go!

Googling the “average size of placemats”, led me to think 14*20 should work. ย I grabbed some wrapping paper, cut it out and determined that that was too large, I think that is for a ‘true’ multi-course place setting.

I ended up cutting it down to 12*18, although a perfect size for the mister and me, waaaaaay too big for the nippers – I cut their’s at 12*12, perfect for a plate and cup of milk.

I’ve arranged the hexies like so:

hexies arranged on the ‘mock’ placemats

I divvied up the charm pack. . .

and began the basting process. . .

I’ve taken the advice of various blogs, and rather than basting through the paper, I’m just stitching the fabric

basting is super quick when you use 2″ hexagons!

the bee approves ๐Ÿ™‚

aren’t his green eyes gorgeous?

I have some really nice solids that go with the Cuzco line:

matching solids

but here is where my plan falters a little. . .the background. ย I’m not sure, coloured cotton solids, or should I use a linen or even a faux linen looking fabric? ย I have the following colours:

funny how the true linen (spreadย acrossย the top), looks less linen-y than the fakes ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d love to hear what you think, thanks!

p.s. once the background is determined, I’ll sandwich it, quilt it. . .I’m thinkingย diagonalย lines evenly spaced. . .and then applique the hexies. ย At least that’s the plan today – as with all things crafty, subject to change at a moments notice!

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10 Comments on “dress up the kitchen table. . .”

  1. April 3, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Oh I just love me some hexies! They will be lovely

    • April 3, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      thanks Carla, you are my hexie inspiration!

  2. April 3, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    I like the middle grey that is folded. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April 3, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Me too, the fake linen has so much more visual texture, so you think linen over coloured solids, eh? Thanks!

  3. homemadebynicole
    April 3, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I also like the middle grey, think it will really compliment the hexies colours

  4. April 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    They’re going to be lovely. I vote for the mild grey one too!

  5. April 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    I love the way black makes things pop. So depending on how you feel about it, I would consider using it. Then use the same color as the solid center for the bindings? It would brighten up the black, too. Just my suggestion ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      I like the center matching the binding idea – thank you!

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