Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bootsie & Astrid's brown & olive linen placemats, and a new mug mat

I finished and shipped a gift to my sister Ginnie (she's Bootsie to me) and her wife Astrid in the Netherlands for their summer birthdays, and since they have received them now, I can post photos. :)

Four reversible placemats and napkins. My sister Nancy gave me a stash of fabric she's been collecting, and the front and back fabrics of the placemats were from that stash. I picked out the binding trim and napkin fabrics at the quilt store. This binding is the same as for Olive's quilt (here and here). (Nancy's birthday is tomorrow, and I am trying to be patient until she can tell me what I can make for her bedroom. A wall hanging? A quilted pillow?)

I quilted straight lines every 1"
The brown linen is just beautiful, and I was able to frame four different floral patterns because of the large repeat.

I know there is a way to straighten the edges of the placemat in the photo in PhotoShop,
but suffice to say that the placemats are straight in person.

As for the quilting lines' imperfections,
they witness that this is handmade. :)

My sisters tell me they love them and intend to use them every day, which makes me supremely happy. Now I am almost with them at their table. One day, I hope Don and I can join them for real.

I also sewed a mug mat for my Etsy shop. The cat and bird linen and some of the other remnants were part of Henry's quilt.


I do believe tan/brown and blue/turquoise are my favorite colors together. Anything with brown just sends me.

I am designing more mug mats today. Joy!


  1. These are lovely. I've never heard the term 'mug mats' used for 'coasters' before!

    1. Thanks, Sanna! Great to see you. The mug mat is a fairly new phenom. Half the size of a placemat, two or three times the size of a coaster. It accommodates more than just the mug. :)

  2. You are so creative Ruth! These placemats are just beautiful – I think any meals eaten on them would taste so much better. Le décor aide à aimer le plat, je pense.

    1. Oh thank you, Vagabonde! So nice to hear from you. And what a nice thing to say. I hope Bootsie and Astrid will enjoy them.

  3. These arrived yesterday, as you know Ruth, and we are over-the-moon thrilled by them! And they are indeed "straight" (so to speak). :) At first I didn't want to use them every day but Astrid convinced me that we can and should, since they can be washed. So YES, they are now our placemats, period, on our table now every day...waiting till you and Don can eat off them yourselves. One of these days I'll send you a pic.....

    THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

  4. We are delighted to have a set of your place-mats. They are wonderful, such great colours and a labour of love. Picture you at our dinnertable everyday. Thank you dear sister :)

  5. These are fabulous, Ruth. The tan and blue is a fave color combo of mine too, but I like how the brown grounds the pink and green. Very fresh and lovely!