Recently some Texas bloggers met at Jemma's lovely French country farmhouse, for a day of arts and crafts and a wonderful lunch. Jemma, the hostess with the mostest, blogs at At Home With Jemma, While there, we had the pleasure of meeting the bubbly and enthusiastic Karianne from Thistlewood Farms. We were also gifted some charm packs of KariAnne's new fabric line, in our gift bags from Laura, who blogs at Decor To Adore. We were challenged to come up with what we would do with our charm squares. Both Laura and Judith from Botanic Bleu demonstrated beautiful crafts.
Here are the charm packs that we received! I was especially smitten with the Sweet Tea pack! Hmmmmm....I wonder why?!
I got busy and started sewing for the :
Since I love making mug rugs, I thought that these little squares would make an adorable design. I quickly got busy on my machine, and did an in-the-hoop mug rug.
Here's the finished watermelon mug rug. I love the soft colors and it's perfect for my iced tea in my mason jar.
I also knew that I wanted to make a Disappearing Nine-Patch design with nine of the squares. I wanted to make something that I would use and enjoy. To make this , you sew the squares in rows of three and then join the three rows together, normally leaving a dark square in the middle.
After the squares are all sewn, you cut down the middle from the top and from the side. You then arrange them however you like. Once you rearrange them, it makes it look like a complicated design, but it's not, as you can see below!
This is how I arranged my Disappearing Nine-Patch, and since I like to decorate tea trays, I added white rick-rack and backed the design, to make a pretty napkin. I'm also thinking that I could stuff it and turn it into a pretty pillow for a guest room, when I redecorate my late beloved's office space. The napkin is what I submitted for the challenge. Please go to Thistlewood Farms blog to vote.
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