Dec 15, 2008

Chili peppers


My DD has asked me for the last year to make her some chili pepper place mats. They took me 2 days to make and I know I should have done it sooner. But I just had too many other things going on. Now she has no idea she's getting these. I'll put them under the tree. The colors go perfectly with her kitchen. I thought when I started these yesterday that they'd be pretty simple and only take a day, forgetting about all the binding which took a whole day to stitch down. I would have never thought it would have taken me 2 days to make 4 simple place mats, LOL. I watch a lot of sewing show and they make things look so simple. I watch Sewing with Nancy yesterday, and she constructed a nice bag with a zipper closure and lining. Now she done the whole thing in a 30 minute episode. I told Cliff it's not as easy as she makes it look. She a very experienced seamstress and makes things look as simple, but it not quite so simple for me. Maybe I should have just bought the place mats!!
Now, I'm off to make some kitchen curtains for DD#2. She has her kitchen all done up in apples, it's really cute. Everytime me and Cliff go to Cracker Barrel we can't leave without buying something for her kitchen, I'm hoping they'll get in some chili pepper stuff, before my other daughter feels forgotten. I have some great fabric to work with and I am hoping they turn out nice. I've made plenty of curtains so maybe I'll get these done in a timely matter, so I can finish a couple other things I like to make before Christmas. I thought I was done with all my gifts, but I just keep thinking of all the things everyone would love to have and I can make. I'm even thinking if I have time I'll make matching pot holders and dish towels with the small amount of fabric I have left over.

9 comments:

  1. The place mats are really hot. I always work on the principle of work out the time something will take and double it!

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  2. Great job on the placemats! One of these days I have to sit down and make some... I love the chili peppers!

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  3. You did a swell job. I'm too lazy to do binding on placemats. I usually just sew them inside out and turn them and use a decorater stitch around the edge. Love the pepper fabric!

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  4. Great placemats. I know what you mean about the time taken. It once took me aweek to make 8 placemats.

    Love and hugs Gina xxx

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  5. Hola! Me encantaron los colores. Combinan con mi cocina. Besos.

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  6. I love your place mats! They are such a happy color.
    I bought a couple of chili pepper plants at the end of the Farmers' Market, I wanted them to be models for a quilt! I think because the colors are so vibrant, I thought a mini wallhanging would be cute. Well, I took pictures of the plants and then gave the plants to my neighbor when I found out how much light the plants need during the Winter! I've got the project on the list to do and I think when the growing season starts, I'll be looking for pepper starts!

    So glad you shared those!

    ~ Jes

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  7. Loved that chilli fabric, the placemats look great to have mexican food. Sometimes we need no more than a detail like this to dress up the table, wonderful idea.

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  8. Pretty placemats, 2 days doesn't sound like too long for making 4 placemats w/binding. You are amazing, you get so much done. I'm guessing that 4 placemats aren't the only thing you did in those 2 days (cooking, cleaning, other stitching, day job, babysitting DGCs)

    Thanks for posting photos, I love visiting your blog to see what you are working on or have finished.

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  9. eq, you do so much! The placemats are terrific, and your kids will treasure everything you do for them. Hmmm, wonder if I have a spare couple of days to whip up a set???

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