Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fall Placemats

Another of my finished projects. I bought these placemats at WalMart for .10! Yes you read that correctly....1/10th of a dollar.
I had these nearly finished. I was appliqueing the purple leaves. I finished one mat and began to look around for the other. Where did I put it? Did I drop it on the floor? OMGoodness! I appliqued them together! I nearly cried. Freemotion, zigzag applique on this waffle fabric. After some quality time with my seam ripper, a razor an a brush with a mental breakdown, I got the two separated. Then as I was doing the yellow leaf, my thread broke. Hmmm....why don't I have any tension.....hmmm, let me loosen this tension dial just a bit more.....POP! The entire tension assembly fell apart in my hand. Springs, washer thingys and plastic covers....AHHHH!!!! After a few choice words and deep breathes, I realized that this was just a machine of parts. Assemble the parts correctly and all works well, put them together wrong and nothing works at all. It's not rocket science, it's just a mechanical tool. I got it back together, finished the placemats and opted to put the last two away untill another day. I can't even imagine what else I could do wrong!

6 comments:

Shasta said...

Some days are just not meant for crafting. Hope the days get better and better. These placemats look terrific.

Regina said...

Sorry about your challenges -but these are AWESOME!!! And such a deal, too!!! I need to start stalking the WM clearance aisles again.

swooze said...

It all worked out in the end. But I have done those very frsutrating things myself.

hunnybunny said...

You have WAY more patience than I do! Those look phenomenal and I can't wait to see the rest.

Kathy said...

Oh Wow! What a day you had!!! Those placemats are great and what an idea. Thanks for sharing

The Calico Quilter said...

Lovely placemats. I can't tell you the number of times I have picked up two patches stuck together and sewed them into a quilt block. Then you get to the end and you're missing a patch....

Far easier to pick out than a whole placemat applique. What patience you have!

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