Monday, March 8, 2010

Three is a magic number.

This song from Schoolhouse Rock pops into my head sometimes when I hear the number three. When Cristin at Sewthisismylife mentioned that I could get three blocks out of a set of 'Map of the States' templates, I immediately thought, "and that's a magic number!"

My daughter and I like to sing along... A man and a woman had a little baby. Yes, they did. They had three-e-e in the family and that's a magic number.  I pulled scraps to make three blocks.

The only other time I've used freezer paper was to make a quilt label.  It's fun to work with.  I think I'll still be able to use this set of blocks a couple more times before they won't iron on any longer.

Hearing the number three made me think of "Three is a Magic Number", which reminds me that there are three in my family, which made me think... placemats.

I used Essex Cotton/Linen blend for the background and Bamboo/Cotton batting.  They washed up so soft and crinkly!

We used them tonight at dinner and just as I thought, Shea had to decide who got which color.  We don't actually sit in a row like that though.  I just thought it made for a better photo.

Check out Elizabeth's 'Map of the States" tutorial and give it a try if you haven't already.  It's a fun way to use up scraps.


felicity said...

Oh those are beautiful placemats! A great reminder to me that one block doesn't have to become a whole quilt and placemats (or tablerunners) are a great place to experiment.

(By the way, Elizabeth Mitchell does a beautiful rendition of "Three is a Magic Number" on one of her CDs, all of which are favourites in our house. Check her out if you haven't already. Great kids' music that adults can enjoy too.)

Nichole said...

what fun little placemats! i have yet to try the map of the states tutorial, but i would really like to. it creates such interesting looking blocks.

Elizabeth said...

I love these placemats. I can't imagine actually using them to eat. Ours get pretty stained and beat up rather quickly.

Julie said...

I just found your blog and I am loving it. These placemats are fabulous. I am going to have make some for my house. I have seen this tutorial but I always think I have to make a big quilt out of it and forget that I can make smaller things. Thanks for reminding me.
I also am loving your hexagons and dug my out again last night and have started sewing on them again.
when you are basting them what type of thread do you use??
thanks julie

Valerie said...

A bit after the fact and your blocks turned out wonderful (and scrappy!) but I found this tutorial last week for faster "Map of the States" blocks. Kate Conklin did the work, with permission from Oh Fransson! to post it on her blog. It's kind of fun and might make a MOS quilt in the future a lot faster to assemble. *grin*