It's the most wonderful time of the year....gift making season! What perfectly perfect presents you can make with Dani Mogstad's newest holiday collection Merry and Bright , brought to us by Riley Blake Designs.

Dani's paired delightful vintage images with fresh, modern colors that will work beautifully in today's decor. We chose to make one of our favorite placemat patterns that's super easy, quick to make and a great gift.

We've been making this pattern for years, usually using a rollie pollie of 2.5" strips in a scrappy style with a subtle background fabric. This time we did the opposite. We chose the main print from Merry and Bright, which has large, directional elements in the design. Then we chose two of the smallest prints, charming snowflakes, for our 2.5" squares. Take a look at this collection and you'll know how difficult it was to choose just three prints!

We backed them with this gorgeous ornament print which makes the mats reversible. They are bound with Riley Blake Designs Basics in Alpine Shade. We thought it made a beautiful frame for the prints.

WHAT YOU NEED

To make the four placemats shown you will need the following:

14" C8390 Merry Main Light Green

10" C8395 Snowflakes Cream

5" C8395 Snowflakes Pink

30" C8391 Ornaments Pink (backing)

15" C200 RBD Alpine Shade (binding)

Batting

Why the weird amounts in inches rather than yards? If you'd like to make multiple sets of mats it is far easier to calculate how much you'll need. In fact, if you buy a Rolie Polie of Merry and Bright you could make seven sets of four mats! You'd mix and match the prints in a scrappy style. Then you could just figure how much you'd need of the background, backing and binding. Clearly, we have big plans for you!

WHAT TO CUT

The main print is directional, so the 2.5" x 6.5" pieces should be cut directionally, which is why they are listed separately. If your print is not directional, just cut 16 pieces 2.5" x 6.5".

From Main print cut:

4- 6.5" x 6.5"

8- 2.5" x 6.5"

8- 6.5" x 2.5"

16- 2.5" x 2.5" squares

From Snowflakes Cream cut:

4- 2.5" x WOF strips, sub-cut into 64 2.5" x 2.5" squares.

From Snowflakes Pink cut:

2- 2.5" x WOF strips, sub-cut into 32 2.5" x 2.5" squares.

From Ornaments Pinks cut:

4- 15" x 15" squares

From Batting cut:

4- 15" x 15" squares

From Binding fabric cut:

6- 2.25" x WOF strips (or whatever width you like to cut your binding)

If you are using multiple prints, here's the basic layout:

START SEWING

Begin by sewing all of the pink snowflake squares to a white snowflake square. Press all seams toward the pink square. You'll have eight white/pink sets with eight white squares leftover.

Following the diagram above, sew three white/pink sets together with one more white square to create Row B. Do the same to create Row D.

Sew Row A and Row E, paying close attention to directional prints if you are using them. Press the seams in these rows toward the background fabrics.

To make Row C, sew a white square to the two remaining white/pink sets. Press seams toward pink squares. Sew these sets to the main center square. Sew a 2.5" x 6.5" Background fabric to each side. Press seams toward the background fabrics.

Sew the rows together, nesting seams.

FINISH

Layer a complete top and a square of batting on top of a pressed backing square. The batting and backing are larger than the top to make quilting easier. Quilt as you wish then trim the mat to 14.5" inches square.

Bind as you normally do.

EXTRAS!

If you are more a rectangle than a square person, look how easy it is to convert this pattern:

Just cut the center sections four inches bigger and add 2 - 2.5" squares to Rows B and D.

Next up on the blog: how to make more fast, easy gifts! Use scraps or fat quarters to make this charming candy dish or a larger napkin box out of just two squares of fabric, a bit of batting and some binding.

We may be in the midst of a heat wave but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

Ready, set, sew!

-AH

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Updated: May 11


If you follow our Instagram you know it is absolutely impossible for us to pass an estate sale without stopping. We collect a variety of vintage items, too many really but we always pick up vintage sewing notions. Finding an old cookie tin filled with buttons, spools, and ric rac makes us squeal with delight, like children finding presents from Santa on Christmas morning.

So what do we do with all of these notions?

We save the oldest, rarest bits for our own creative projects and sewing room decor. But often, I include pieces in Junk Journal Kits. Sewing Themed kits are one of our most popular items. People repurpose old patterns, hem tape, lace, buttons, and such and use them as decorative elements on journals, mixed media art, assemblage projects, and more.

Here are some of our Sewing Themed JJ Kits

And who doesn't love buttons?

We store colorful buttons in old jars and vintage candy dishes. They add a pop of color to any space. We group these by color and sell them in our vintage shop too!

Look at our vintage trim bundles!

These sets are perfect for making tassels and embellishing journals. Below is tassel I made for my own journal. I tied lace, ribbon, and hem tape together, slipped them onto a ring, and added a few charms.

Have you visited our Pinterest yet?

Check out our Sew Fabulous and Journaling Board for tutorials and project inspiration.

Shop Aunt Henri Deux

for Junk Journal Kits, Vintage Notions, and Vintage Patterns.

Stay inspired,

J.

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Boo! Halloween is only three months away! We've got just the party theme for you: J Wecker Frisch's Costume Maker's Ball from Riley Blake Designs. And weren't we clever to have our very own orange dog Riley to match the decor?

We knew before Janet even finished this collection that we wanted to make a table cloth out of those bunting triangles. As soon as we saw them we thought they'd make great faux prairie points! Not exactly something you could attach to a regular quilt but definitely something fun for a Halloween party--and we love Halloween parties.

The cloth itself is made of 12" foundation pieced Spooky Star blocks. We chose to use just four of the prints and a black background. What gives it a bit more visual interest is the fact that we mirror imaged half of the blocks.

You can download the PDF block HERE

The points were made by fusing sheer weight interfacing to the back of the panel and then sewing it to a black lining piece. We sewed the points before cutting them out. We turned them right side out and gave them a good press. After our quilt top came back from the quilters with it's adorable spider web design, we simply sandwiched the triangles between the quilt top and the binding, with right sides facing.

After stitching we folded the binding to the backside as you would normally do. We machine stitched the binding in place since the triangles would nicely cover the stitching.

Here's a close up of the spiderweb quilting by the lovely Carole along with fibers picked up in the sewing room--oh the joys of working with black fabric!

Janet sent us some Costume Maker's Ball fat quarters a while back so we made a napkin holder and no-more-single-use-plastic bowl cover. Both projects are great for fat quarters and we'll have complete how-to's next week on those.

View the entire Costume Maker's Ball collection HERE

Hurry up and get those Halloween projects underway---Christmas is right around the corner!

Stay Inspired,

AH

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