February 17, 2018

A Valentine Experiment

This week I have this Valentine I made for my husband. It's a small placemat for him to use when he has his coffee in the morning. 

I have also experimented with photography.  The top photo was taken outside, the second indoors.  The first (outdoor) pic has much truer color but I did not get the angle of the camera right and so the poor placemat looks uneven, but I promise it is nice and square! Or should I say rectangular.  :)  Photography is a whole art unto itself!!

My husband is so sweet to accept and use the things I make - even when they are experiments or prototypes like this one is. 

I was inspired by some videos I found on Youtube by Zazu's Stitch Art and wanted to give her technique a try. I am a fan of raw edge applique and often applique by machine without the use of fusibles. I have appliqued using this method many many times which you can see here and here. So I was excited to learn this new (to me) technique as well.  Zazu's method uses freemotion stitching - which I would not have been able to do a few years ago, but I am much more comfortable with freemotion quilting/sewing now and I was pleased with this first project using this technique.  

The variegated thread was really fun to sew with and I love how the colors added to the overall design.

That's it for this post.

Hope you all had a Happy Valentine's Day and I hope you have a creative week ahead.
Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments!  I'd love to see what you have been working on.



  1. Laney,
    This placemat is seriously cool. What a great valentine gift. I like hearing about how you are working on your photography. It is something I struggle with largely because my main focus is making things and the photography seems secondary. But if you are going to share your projects you need them to look good in photos. It is a challenge.

  2. You created a lovely gift for your sweetheart!!


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