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Thread: I need Help! Dumb move with Plaid and flower PlaceMat.

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    Super Member Bill'sBonBon's Avatar
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    Hello Everyone
    I have been trying to do a set of 4 Placemats for a friend down the road from me. She has fixed me a Christmas Center Piece for the last 2 years. She sells these Center pieces for $35.00 Each but gives them to me. I wanted to fix her something easy and nice. Her colors are Burgandy,green,Earth colors she said.
    She knows I am a caregiver for my 83 yr.old Mother and that things get pretty rough sometimes for me and she doesn't want me to do anything that takes a lot of time, hench the placmats. So I designed my own placmat with the log cabin pattern. Was doing Great,Got one done and then I looked at it. I have Flowers in the middle and plaid on the side, It looks horrible to me. So now I don't know what to put in the middle I have everything cut out. The simplest thing is to change the middle and use this on as a decoration on my wall of what not to do.
    Please my brain is kinda mushy can someone give me ideas for the middle. I am going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow so I can get something different.
    Thank you Guys and Girls ahead of time. Yall always come thru with a great idea.
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    Super Member Olivia's Grammy's Avatar
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    I love it. Mine are very boring compared to yours. Usually I string piece or if I have quilted fabric for a practice I cut that up and bind it.

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    Super Member Pzazz's Avatar
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    perhaps you could find a white with a pattern of some kind in the weave....white on white?

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    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
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    I think it looks pretty good, but if the floral print is bugging you, maybe you could use a strip to co-ordinate with the white/cream colour in the plaid. Therefore keeping the middle plain and just having the plaid as the "busy" bit. Anyway, if someone made these for me I'd be thrilled to bits, especially if they were a caregiver for whom time is precious.

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    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
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    The problem I see is the floral is mauve and the plaid and solid are burgandy. You could put them together in something with a lot more fabircs but with just the 5 fabrics the mauve is going to throw the whole color arrangement off. I'd find a floral that is closer in tone to the plaid. Take a piece with you when you go shopping.

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    Super Member sewsewquilter's Avatar
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    What if you didn't use the floral. Use the plaid there instead.

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    Super Member Maride's Avatar
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    I would use the plad, ir extend the green and the burgundy into the center.

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    Super Member mjsylvstr's Avatar
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    Possibly you might get a very subtle stripe, combining the red and greens.

    Very thin strips connecting the plaids of the log cabin....

    very clever design, I like it.

    Good luck, I am sure that she will love them whatever the design or color.


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    If you want to change it up without a lot of extra work, cut a strip of the plaid and machine appliqué it down the middle of the flora fabric. That will break up the floral and add detail.

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    Super Member Moonpi's Avatar
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    Or applique a holiday motif - ornaments, tree, stocking, presents, and such

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