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Plan B - Ticker Tape 

Remember these placemats I made for Valentine's Day? 

And my daughters liked them so much they wanted to use them as wall hangings instead of placemats?

Well, I guess I was so keen on the idea of having nice new placemats, I went and made another batch.

The plan was to make them "less nice" so we wouldn't be as worried about wrecking them with spaghetti stains and such.

So no embroidery this time.  And I used this cute "ticker tape" method of patchwork where you apply fusible web to the back of fabric scraps, trim them to size, press them in place ... very much a make.it.up.as.you.go.along sort of thing.

And then you secure all the bits in place with your choice of machine applique stitch. 

I used this small zigzag stitch for a "Made in China" look in an effort to make them "less nice" ... I don't think it worked 'cause I actually like these ones more than the originals!

Clearly I have a thing for monograms ...

And I finished them off with ricrac and a little lace tab.

My husband is so thrilled to finally - after all these years of being married to a pink-loving quilter - have his very own pink, patchwork, monogrammed, laced & ricraced placemat.

What a lucky guy!  LOL!

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Reader Comments (37)

You are so talented. And entertaining. I love following your blog. I check everyday to see what you are going to share with us. Thank you so much for being a bright spot in my day.
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranna
J is a very lucky guy but maybe you can make him a nice manly man placemat to call his very own one day. Maybe for the fall in the new house. Manly men like fall colors. They do, really!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee
A very lucky guy indeed! :)
V x
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergreenrabbitdesigns
You are so talented! Your pretty, colourful and inspirational blog brightens my days! I love your work! Those placemats and wall hangings are absolutely fabulous! Lucky hubby too!
Best wishes Mandy x
Sorry, I don't have a blog of my own to give you the link but I follow a few wonderful ones including yours. Thank you for your posts. I truly appreciate the blogs.
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMandy
I swoon everytime I see your blog header then once I see your delicious fabrics, the drooling begins. Waaa!., I wish I had your stash of material! A couple of years ago I decided to make myself a quilt. At this moment it's still a lapper, lol, but it is in the works. To start,I bought a ruffled bed skirt as it had the perfect size, colour and idea (I can make that ruffle work for me, I can!) but not having a permanent place to set up the machine is a downer. Oh well.
I am truly inspired when I see what you have done and you encourage me without even knowing it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work - and your writing. You're a hoot :)
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (mtl)
So, as I'm scrolling down your post and thinking how cute those placemats are,I get to the end and nearly spill my drink because I'm laughing so hard! Definitely didn't see that coming. Thanks for such a great day brightener!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuliaP
I love this ticker tape method. It is really fresh and new and fun! Thank you for sharing!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerrith Scarbrough
I love this! I will add this idea to my always growing list of things to make. Stop by my blog if you have time, I'm having a giveaway.
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
Nice! And there's nothing wrong with pink!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie R.
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Cates
I love your new placemats. I don't know what all the boys in my house would think if I handed them pink placemats!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine M
How cute is that!?! Your hubby has his own pink placemat! Love this;-)
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
OH. MY. GOSH!! These are so cute, and maybe even cuter than the others? I can't be sure! OMG.
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam
Those are the cutest placemats I've ever seen. I love them. Nice job and the monogram, adorable!!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersharon
Sorry, here is my blog: http://prairiesedgefarm.blogspot.com/.
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
I love them almost as much as the originals. Now, be sure to tell us how you feel when you get spaghetti sauce on these, ok?! And maybe your husband has been secretly coveting a pink, embroidered placemat for years. LOL
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergreg
kristyne I love your placemats... once I finish this t shirt quilt I want to make some placemats too! Problem is they won't look as cute as yours! You are so talented to take bits of fabric and turn it into THAT! You rock! Thanks for inspiring me to keep on truckin'! Kathi
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathi
So pretty and just so you.
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti
Hey, I've sprayed some of my "special" placements with Scotch Guard. It buys a bit of time before the food soaks in, and you can usually just wipe them off. Of course, you'll want to spray them BEFORE the spaghetti stains and such. :)

I love the ticker tape approach - have been wanting to try making a quilt or wall art ever since discovering it in "Sunday Morning Quilts."

You amaze me - how do you crank out so much cool stuff that isn't sloppily done??

P.S. - Tell your husband he's one lucky guy! :)
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
I am in love with this project!!!! How creavtive! I think the Grands could even make this work! Would love to see more of this technique,wonderful as always! My new little sewers are getting interested and that is just grand I think, Your girls are so lucky. Love your blog,just like everyone else! Could you tel us what the fabric is yu have adhered the pieces to?
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Nyquist
Iron on a layer of vinyl, then they will be special forever! Really gorgeous!!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Altieri
So pretty. Great job!!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNesha
Way to give him the one with the blue ric rac!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo
That's hysterical.You never fail to crack me up.You continue to inspire and amaze me:) Beautiful work!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersteph griffin
You so make me laugh! :-) They are beautiful placemats. I agree with the not want to get them dirty. But you gotta use them since you put the letters on and everything. :-) Keep up the beautiful work! K-
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristy
Haha, at least he gets his initial done in blue!
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris
I just have to comment, these are gorgeous! Way too pretty to get food on them. I love that your husband gets one too.
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
The maintenance guys here at work are probably wondering if there is anything "extra" in my coffee cup this morning because I was laughing so hard. Love your blog! I finally got my copy of your book - so excited. I had asked my local quilt shop to order it for me. I'm thinking this is a very popular book, because it had been on backorder and when they finally received the order, only 1 of the 3 came in. I grabbed the 1 copy as soon as I saw it. I did restrain myself from jumping up and down and squealing, though . ;-0
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Ostermann
You're too funny! At least you gave him blue ric rac!!! They're beautiful!
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThimbleanna
Stop the world. I want to do this. Stop everything. I wish I could so I could shut out life and just make what you make.
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternanette
No way I would let spaghetti sauce near these, either!!! My word for the day - SCOTCH GUARD!
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean
These are the "less nice" ones?! Sheesh! I need some "less nice" placemats! ;)
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Blue Dragonfly
Hi initial is in blue...what more does he want??!! ;p
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterina
These are so beautiful! I just added your blog to my Pinterest-Worthy Blogs bookmark folder.
March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Oliveira
Love them! Did you line the placemats and if you did, how did you keep the ourter edge from getting "wrinkly" after they get washed -- ironing?
March 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathyT
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVickie Adkins
zigzag for the made in china look. love it.
May 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeppermintpenguin

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