Since my Christmas gifts have been given out I can now post some pictures. When I was in Southern Ontario last September I bought a pattern at Mary Maxim's for a wine bottle holder. It was also suggested that it could be used as a slipper holder and Christine decided that she would carry her knitting needles and wool in it. I am glad that it can be put to good use.
I also bought wine fabric while I was there.
I gave the one with the dogs to Amanda and put a pair of slippers in it for her.
Lynda also wanted some coffee cup holders so that when she goes out walking on a cold day her coffee stays warm and her hands don't burn from the hot coffee.
Colleen wanted some placemats for every day use and I have had these unfinished for about 4 years so I thought that they would be great for every day.
She also wanted a table runner for every day use and I had a panel with birds and bird houses so I added fabric with bees on it.
I wanted to make a narrow table runner for my hall table with a winter theme so I just chose a star block and put sashing between the blocks. I can use it all winter instead of just at Christmas.
Star table runner
I have made a lot of quilts lately, so I decided that it was time to switch gears and make some placemats. In September the program gals showed a really cute pattern to make a quilt that looks like you did a lot of work but it is just the way you cut what you have sewn together and come up with triangles around the edge. I decided to adapt the pattern to placemats and to use up some of my 2 1/2 inch squares. I had a lot of fun and went a little wild since I made 6 of them. I made a small dent in my box of 2 1/2 inch squares.
I like the ones that were made from the same colour family rather than the third one down that is more of an assortment of colours. I will make more I think using the one colour.
I don't know the name of this pattern but if you click on the above picture you will get a larger view and will see how it is done. I used 48 - 2 1/2 squares in a 6 x 8 grid and made placemats that are 17 1/2 by 11 1/2.
I hope to post sooner than last time when I get some more pictures taken of what I have done over Christmas time.