This Christmas, I decided to make a family heirloom (well, traditions have to start somewhere!).
So I designed and created the following 8 quilted placemats. Each has a red central piece (from a larger Christmas panel), and the border fabrics are from the same jelly-roll, bought in December 2012. The black and red iron-on fusible bias binding was from a Stitches and Craft show purchase about 8 years ago.... yes, it is worth keeping everything! Did you notice that each placement is different? The backing and binding are a cheerful apple green, with positive words printed, like 'Family Love, Strength, Home and Good Health'
The placements held pride of place at our 'early' Christmas Family Lunch on Sunday 15th December... and will stand us in good stead for the years to come. They were greatly admired by my husband, adult daughter & son, and my two step-sons, and added a personal festive note to our special day.
Today is a low-key celebration with phone calls to interstate relatives this morning, and a quiet dinner with my step-children this evening.... so my wonderful husband and I are now off to have our own private Christmas lunch on the beach!
Merry Christmas, everyone!