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Friday, October 31, 2014

Traffic Jam Placemats and bookmarks

 I finally finished all of the four placemats.  I have been working on these for awhile and have photos on instagram from weeks ago when I started these.
I had four blocks I was going to use for a "traffic jam" quilt...a free pattern by Pat Sloan.
I changed my mind and decided to make placemats instead and use the batik squares for making scrappycrossroads blocks.
I put Pat Sloan's Eat Your Fruits 'n Veggies fabric on the sides of the traffic jam blocks to make them placemat size.
Then I did some applique, quilting and have slowly been working on finishing them.
 Earlier this week I was looking for something that I could just sew.  I had the walking foot on my machine and had some batting pieces trimmed from a previous quilt.  I had some 1½" strips left from another project I am working on.....so let's sew!
 Here are the strips sewn to the batting pieces before I cut them apart.
 I used a narrow batting piece as a leader and ender to sew the other three!
 Here they are finished and at different sizes depending on the batting strips!!
And here are the backs.  I guess they will be bookmarks!
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

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  1. Great use of those blocks! I still have a stack of them too.

  2. great use of the blocks! I just this week finished my Traffic Jam blocks. I made 20 of them so I think I will be finishing it as a quilt.

  3. Love your placemats and such a great idea for bookmarks!!


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