Placemats are done!
I should have gotten lots more done in the past 2 days but we had a big laundry mishap that took us most of Monday to clean up.
Several days ago we heard a loud thump, as if something had fallen. We looked (almost) everywhere and couldn't find it. Yesterday when I went to do laundry I discovered the source of the noise. A brand new Costco-sized container of laundry detergent had fallen off the dryer into the laundry basket full of clothes. That wouldn't have been a big problem except that the cap on the bottle cracked on the way down. All of the clothes in the basket were totally soaked in detergent and it ran out of the laundry basket on the floor and some even soaked into the carpet. The clean up was REALLY clean! There was so much soap that I had to take all the laundry outside and use the garden hose to get out as much as possible before I could but them through the wash in small loads with super size amounts of water. I'm so glad I have a traditional washing machine. I'd still be trying to get all the soap out with a HE washer.
This story is going to be funny in a couple of week but I can promise you that there isn't a dirty piece of clothing, dirty towel or dirty rug anywhere in my house.
Yesterday I got back to my projects.
I got all of the soap unmolded and set out to cure. There's actually another shelf above what's shown in the photo. Not only are my clothes clean, my body will stay clean too!
Then I could get back to the sewing room, plug in my audiobook and finish off the placemats. These are Mom's. She wanted 4 individual placemats instead of a set of 4. I didn't set out to do something seasonal but that's kind of how it worked out. Today I will dye a napkin for the purple one and then these will be ready to be gifted.
Then I got the binding on the last pair that I made for myself. The napkins for this set match in color but not in design. The other one has a lacy edge. It doesn't matter, each one matches and it's a nice new set.
So how many placemats do I have?
I store them in this old desk/cabinet that Chris refinished probably 30 years ago. I did a rough count and there are about 100 placemats in here. I think I need to go through and remove the ones that I don't use much anymore. I see a few sets that I probably haven't used in years. Since most of them started as scraps and waste, I think I can relegate a few to the rag bin.
Then I looked over and saw that there were more on the other side! These are the holiday ones. That brings my total to about 120. I think I could go all year and never use one twice.
That's a little crazy.
5/10/2023 03:54:56 pm
Oh, what a mess that must have been. I still have an old fashioned washer too purchased in 1974. I dread the thought that I might ever have to replace it.
5/10/2023 04:17:58 pm
Love your pretty soap!
5/10/2023 06:00:16 pm
I'm certainly glad I was sitting down when I read the count of placemats you own. Wow.
5/11/2023 07:10:58 am
You certainly had your hands full this week! The soap looks wonderful! I would love to try my hand at this.
5/11/2023 08:00:55 am
Wow, what a mess that must have been, with all that laundry detergent.
5/11/2023 09:54:34 am
Love that placemat set for your mom.
5/11/2023 10:34:17 am
What a soap disaster! Soap is hard enough to get out of clothes when you only use a little bit! That is a lot of placemats! I didn't have any placemats until I started making them last year and now I have two. All the other ones I made were for gifts or commissions. I have made 32 so far.
5/11/2023 12:28:00 pm
That is a lot of soap. We are in a soap crisis here. We always used Jergens bar soap as we are sensitive to soaps, perfumes, dyes. Well, the company discontinued it as they said it did not sell enough. Really? There is a shift to body washes and liquid soap. Those are really corrosive to us. I can't imagine the mess with the detergent. We have a Speed Queen washer that is sort of a specialty one. The last one lasted 29 years. This one is a couple of years old. It used to be a commercial washer. I would be lost without it. I only have plastic placemats. The thought of getting my quilting dirty every time we eat is too much for me. Yours are lovely.
5/11/2023 02:32:04 pm
Love the new placemats! Now I don't feel bad for having many placemats - nowhere near 100! But they are fun to make.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.