On Tuesday I had my monthly "sewing club" class where we do different fun projects. This month was a placemat pattern called "Take Four" by Cary Flanagan. It's a pretty cute and clever idea to make coordinating but unique placemats. Unfortunately my local shop doesn't sell Fat Quarter bundles and for this one I really just wanted someone else to do the fabric matching work for me.
Enter...Fat Quarter Shop! After reading so much about them I had tons of fun shopping the site and selecting my Fresh and Tasty bundle. (Almost went for this adorable Crabtastic bundle, but this is for a bunch of guys so I figured the crabbies might be too cute) My only complaint is a) expensive and b) I only needed four fat quarters but all of these bundles were much larger than that. So since I ended up with 11 fat quarters, I made two sets of these "Take Four" placemats.
|isn't this fabric adorable?|
|set of four fabrics #1|
|set of four fabrics #2|
Now that all eight of these are done, I think I would have chosen the two sets of four fabrics different. I have experienced this in other projects as well, where I select the fabrics that look great together but don't give enough thought to how they'll actually be used in the project. In this situation, my green fabrics were lovely together but the placemats would have been much more interesting with greater contrast, say if I had used the red striped fabric instead of the green. The nice thing about buying from a fabric collection is that you know whatever combination you go with will look good together.
|all together now!|