Another Project, Squirrel!

After finishing my last quilt, I made a plan to make a bunting with the name of my second grand daughter on it. Her father made mention (not so subtly) that I made one right away for the first grand daughter but have not made one for the second who is now six months old. (I am fairly certain the baby hasn’t yet noticed this injustice but still.) Well, it still hasn’t happened.

I had ordered some fall fabrics from Clothworks and they arrived last week. One of the bolts has a panel for making placemats and I really like the colors of the fabric. The line is called Autumn Air and was designed by Jim Ishikawa. They are just perfect for my dining room.

The panel includes four placemats as well as some extra floral print. I cut off the floral print and set it aside for a future project. After looking at the solids I had on hand, I decided to go with green. Adding some borders was quick and then I cut a tone on tone cream color fabric for the backing.

For quilting, I did diagonal lines, 1.5 inches apart on the floral section. I left the borders unquilted. With the borders, the mat finishes at 13″ x 17″. I think these are super and will be perfect to use each fall.

This quick make was quite satisfying. I am so over summertime and hot weather (it is 86 degrees and still smokey outside as I type this.) Using fall fabrics allowed me to pretend it was cool and crisp outside (as long as I didn’t look out the window anyway.)

My sweet girl and her new toys.

I will leave you with this to make you smile. My grand daughter’s little friend has a really cool older brother. You know how cool a six year old can be! He wanted some new Matchbox cars and his mother said he could sell some of his current toys at a garage sale to make money for what he wanted. My grand daughter went ‘shopping’ there and snagged these new toys. She was thrilled. Most of her things are still in storage until they move into their new house and I am sure she was bored of the same toys she has been playing with in the rental.

We are going to head up there soon to help watch the kids while they move to the new house. My husband is going to help out with a few electrical projects before they move in. Hurray for another visit with my favorite girls! (I know, I know…. I had better go work on that bunting. I don’t want the baby to learn to spell before her name is up on the wall.)

20 thoughts on “Another Project, Squirrel!

  1. Roseanne

    Good morning, Bernie! Oh, those look like some fun new toys for your sweet girl. My two littles are reinvestigating baby toys since their cousin comes to visit them often and he’s only 6-months-old. Suddenly, those baby toys are pretty cool and interesting. I love the placemats and how nice that they were quick and easy. I am definitely ready for Fall although severals days will be in the 80s this week. A slow slide to cooler temps, I guess. Take care. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Kathy

    Such a cute picture of the fun children can have. Just when I start to feel like their whole lives are turned upside down, I see something as simple as playing on the floor with some toys and it reaffirms my faith life will go on. Thank you for that. And have a wonderful time with the family. How nice you can do this for them with providing that extra set of hands young families need.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Kathy. These two girls make me so happy. I’m glad to hear the pictures were fun for you as well. Nothing better than the simplicity of happy babies and toddlers. Take care and stay healthy. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Carole, When I was taking pictures of the placemats, I thought of you many times. I know you would have made this gorgeous fall tablescape! You have such a talent for that. Take care and stay healthy! B.

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  3. Wendy

    Those fall placemats are a lovely touch for your table. I sure hope that firey mess in your area is done soon and the crisp, cool fall weather arrives. Always enjoy photos of your littles too – and who wouldn’t want those airplanes! Yay for another trip to see them. Hope the move goes smoothly for them.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Wendy – Today we had blue skies! The air is much better – at least for now. I am so happy to have the windows open tonight. It has been a long time. Looking forward to another trip north. I finished the bunting for the baby’s room so that can be checked off the list now. Take care. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      How is the air down south? Today we had blue skies!! I am so thrilled – the windows are open and the air smells (nearly) normal. Hallelujah! Hope the same is true for you Yvonne.

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  4. Mari

    The thing that really grabs me about the last picture is the crown! Every queen needs her crown, after all. What a sweet photo. And I love the placemats as well. That is a very pretty fabric and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the meals so much more. 🙂 Make sure you hug those girls for all of us who can’t hug our own, too!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Mari – isn’t she just the perfect princess with her crown. Grammy got her a couple of crowns and she loves them. She is into pretend and dress up these days. I will give both girls an extra hug for you. I hope you are going to spend time with your littles SOON!!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you! I am so happy to have the air much cleaner now. What a relief. Hope you are well and also enjoying the beginnings of fall!

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  5. Kathleen Scargle McCormick

    The placemats are great and yes, you best get busy! Love the picture of the older GD with the new toys, so sweet in her crown.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Kathleen, Well I got the bunting complete today! Hurray. 🙂
      H loves having her crown on. I bought her a set of them because I doubt they will hold up for very long.
      She is such a cutie pie. Take care, B.

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  6. Linda

    Bernie those placemats are very pretty. I like the dark green borders. How neat you were able to display them in your listing for the panels!
    I know you are looking forward to helping your son and DIL by babysitting while they move! Good luck getting that bunting ready. 😉

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  7. JanineMarie

    Such sweet placemats, Bernie. I do hope they get you in an autumn mood no matter what the temperature is outside. Have fun with the bunting. Those poor “neglected” second kids—always waiting. It happens to all of us. I think my second grands probably had to deal with already-been-spit-upon burp cloths and bibs. Have fun with the next trip up north. I hope fire alerts don’t interfere with your travels.

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  8. Rebecca Grace

    What a sweet age! Glad you are getting some family time in, Bernie. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the upheaval of this pandemic, it’s to value the ordinary things like time with loved ones, visits with friends… and TOILET PAPER!

    Your placemats look great. I need to make some new ones, one of these days!

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