Last Christmas, a dear quilting friend of mine (thanks Karin in Aberdeen) sent me a small pack of four vintage New York quilt panels that she had found on her holiday in the US. I was thrilled to bits with them and they have been sitting on my sewing table, squeaking at me for several months. Finally, over the summer holidays, I thought they would be a nice project to work on. After some thought, I decided to use them to make placemats and was pretty pleased with the result.
They were straight forward to do, using some plain linen and scraps from my stash, a little ribbon, a touch of applique and some free motion machine embroidery. I used some invisible thread on the lettering and I confess this was a bit of an experiment and the first time I had ever sewn with it. It's a bit strange to work with in the beginning, but I was pleased with the results as I wanted to keep the look clean and modern.
I think that its rather nice how such vintage images can fit in with a contemporary dining style.
I had thought about ordering some more of these as we are a family of 5, but on reflection (and thinking about the Ketchup) ... I think I will just keep them for more cosy and sophisticated suppers!!!!
For anyone interested in getting hold of some of these little panels you can find them on www.OldeAmerciaAntiques.com They have a great selection of other images to choose from and are really fun.