Each month, the Blogging Business Artisans Etsy team challenges its members to make something that fits a particular theme. The October 2013 BBA Challenge was Prelude to the Holidays:
October! It is time to start thinking ahead to the holidays -- Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year. They will be here before we know it!
This month, I challenge you to create a holiday-themed item. It could be a new listing for your Etsy shop, a holiday decoration for your home, a costume or special accessory for a holiday gathering, or a gift you intend to give to a friend or loved one.
Since "prelude" is a musical term, you could also make something music-themed if you wish.
Since I started working part-time at The Quilted Kitty quilt shop, I have been surrounded by beautiful fabrics. I especially love the fabrics from the Holly Jolly collection designed by Elizabeth Brownd for Robert Kaufman.
I chose an easy peasy Woven Wonder Quilt As-You-Go placemats pattern by QPQuilts & Co.
Then I began to construct two festive holiday placemats. The quilt-as-you-go method really is quick and easy:
The pattern even calls for fold-over binding-- I call it "cheater binding":
The finished corners aren't as nice as mitered "real" binding -- but I saved 30 to 45 minutes per placemat.
My hubby really likes them. We have a cardinal who visits our bird feeder, but we haven't been quick enough to get a photo yet.
The placemats are also reversible, with a slightly subtler print on the reverse side that would not compete with my holiday dishes pattern.
And there you have it! One more item checked off my LONG holiday To Do List!