It’s All Up to You Challenge

by | Mar 17, 2023 | 19 comments

This month, Island Batik gave the ambassadors our choice of projects using any of the collections we received in our December boxes, except the secret collection for our May blog hop! I received a beautiful collection of 2 1/2″ strips named Bits and Pieces. This is is a signature collection designed by Kathy Engle for Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting. This collection began shipping to stores in February and are available at Hancock’s of Paducah in Paducah, KY, Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, MO, and Tiny Apple Fabrics & Crafts in Champlin, MN.

These colors and patterns are just gorgeous! I also received two coordinating fabrics as well, which are available year round in your favorite quilt store! The green is called Cherio Bermuda and the neutral is called Rice. Rice is one of my new favorites!! It has so many hints of color in it that it will coordinate with most any of the beautiful collections.

A while back, I had purchased some quilt as you go printed placemat batting by June Tailor and decided this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out and make some placemats with this collection. The strips were perfect!

I chose the strips for the braid, which are all the same in each of the placemats, and cut the strips to the required size. Next I cut the remaining pieces, using the Cherio Bermuda for the strips beside the braid and the back of the utensil holder, as well as the backing for the placemats. I decided to use different strips for the second, wider set of strips around the braids. I used the Rice for the utensil holder. And here is a photo of all of them together. I used Island Batik solid black to bind them.

I just love how these turned out! They were so much fun to make and stitched up pretty quickly. I purchased this set of June Tailor printed batting at Missouri Star Quilt Company, if you are interested in making your own set!

Products used:

Fabric: Island Batik 2 1/2 ” strips Bits and Pieces, Rice and Cherio Bermuda coordinating fabrics, black solid for binding.
June Tailor printed batting.
Schmetz 80/20 needle (they are the best for stitching batiks!)
Aurifil thread.

Thanks to Island Batik for providing the fabric, Schmetz Needles for the needles, and Aurifil for the thread! It’s truly a privilege to work with these awesome products!

I invite you to visit my fellow Island Batik ambassadors and get inspired by their creations for this challenge!

See you soon! Until next time…

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  1. Anorina

    Absolutely beautiful placemats Brenda.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Anorina!

  2. Amira

    Beautiful placemats! That will surely brighten up any table. Good play with the colours! Thank you for linking to my Friday Finish Party ! a joy to visit you here.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Amira! They were really fun to make. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Daryl

    Your placemats are beautiful in those batiks!

  4. Joy

    Your place mats are so pretty. The design and colors are great.

  5. rl2b2017

    Hi Brenda! Oh, these placemats are just gorgeous. That Rice fabric does look like it goes with anything – so versatile! Amazing how the center braid colors are mostly the same but just changing those border strips really makes each placemat unique. Gorgeous! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. ShirleyC

    The placemats are so neat! That’s something I might be able to do. LOL

    I don’t know how you ever decide what to make with all of those fabrics. It takes me 9 days to pick a font for a monogram!

  7. Connie Kresin Campbell

    Beautiful placemats Brenda, love those batiks! We can never have too many placemats.

  8. Kathleen McCormick

    Those are gorgeous placemats. Seems like that batting was just the ticket to a fun project. I love the colors – they will be festive where ever they set a table!

  9. Denise

    Lovely placemats Brenda.

  10. Jennifer Thomas

    These are so cheery and beautiful! Bits and Pieces is one of my favorites out of the new fabric collections. Have a great weekend.

  11. texasquiltgal

    I love these! Those gorgeous batiks – how can you stand it! I just found a different pattern of those June Taylor QAYG placemats (on sale for 13.29!) and put them in my cart – I’m going to try them!

  12. StitchingGrandma

    Beautiful project !! Great way to use those strips!

  13. Gretchen

    The placemats are really pretty! I’ve never tried a quilt as you go project, making placemats with this technique was a great idea, happy stitching!

  14. lee

    What pretty placemats! I love that Rice color too!

  15. Gail Beam

    Hi Brenda, the fabric, Bits and Pieces, is gorgeous and the placemats that you made from this fabric are awesome!.



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