I bought these fun coffee fabrics last year, and have been trying to decide what to do with them.
I cut some 3" squares and layered them together to make half-square triangles. The easiest way I've found (thank-you Mom!!), is to mark a line diagonally from corner-to-corner, and stitch a 1/4inch seam on each side of the line. Then I cut down the center, and ironed them open. I think the white marker is called a herra marker?? It makes a crease in the fabric. Mom got it for me at the first quilting class I attended, a long time ago with her and my sister, Anna.
There will be little "dog-ears" at the corners, that I cut off.
The blocks were similar to the "Churn Dash" block that has been around for many generations.
Flipping the pieces gave an entirely different look!
I added some borders, quilted, added binding; and now have placemats!
They aren't exactly the same, but coordinate well. I still have quite a bit of the fabric left, but am thinking of lots of pot-holders. On the subject of coffee, I can drink it again without upsetting Andy's stomach! I'm not one of those people who drinks cup after cup, but I certainly enjoy a cup every other day or so. And I admit, there are some days 2 or 3 is necessary to keep up with the kids! I'm also the type that likes "a little coffee with my creamer"..... =)
I also made a table-runner from the Vine Creek Moda Scrap Bags that Breanna won! She is really into bright colors, so I traded her for a few pieces of "big" fabric from my stash. These aren't necessarily my colors, either, but I know someone who may really like it!
For the back I used more of the strips, and used the green strips for the binding.
There were still some pieces left, so I made some coordinating pot-holders. It's fun to have extras on hand to give away!
And the backs.
Marlene gave me this fun book last year, and I've been reading it quite a bit lately. Both my sister and my cousin say they need new aprons.....
On the subject of aprons, Levi has two John Deere Tractor aprons- and is quite delighted to share one with Andy so they match! Such sweet boys. It's adorable how much they admire each other!