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Hi, I'm Kathy, from CT customer service. Here's this weeks Gifty Galore project!

The placemats from I Heart Patchwork, by Rashida Coleman-Hale, is the project I chose for Gifty Galore. These looked simple and unique, and make a
nice addition to my kitchen table.

Later, I read that Rashida's book was inspired by the Japanese zakka. This term refers to “everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance”. The fabrics I
used were mostly from Sweet and Sour Collection. How could I
go wrong here with this combination?

For stamping the utensil labels, I used So Soft fabric paint, available from our sister site, the Artist's Club. I found that I could get clearer stamped letters by painting each letter stamp than by actually dipping and stamping. After
the paint dried, I set the strips by heat, so the paint won't wash out.

When I did my cutting, I found the measurements hadn't allowed for seams for the center section. So, I took the liberty of adding a fabric strip to correct the placemat's dimensions.

This project was a good candidate for "Quilt as you Go" method. This type of quilting made my project that much faster to finish.

I thought these placements might work to teach my kids the proper setting order of eating utensils. But, my kids are in
their teens and "informal" is one of their favorite words. So, I chose fast and simple, and, left
"the educating" for another time.

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Comment by Kathy Biggs/MO on August 25, 2010 at 4:24pm
That's a cute idea.
Comment by Dorothy I. Dishman on August 25, 2010 at 1:15pm
Fun idea.
Comment by Jackie Williams on August 23, 2010 at 2:59pm
I'm just going to use this idea and make some Christmas placemats putting words like Peace, Joy or "unto us a child is given" Mind racing away now! Shame it's 11pm now and can't go to sewing room - neighbours don't appreciate the noise of my machine this time of night!
Comment by Pam/NY on August 23, 2010 at 1:17pm
Kathy- this is such a fun project!

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