Re-purposed “Weathervanes”

I found another UFO lurking in my sewing room. It was in an innocuous clear, zippered project bag. One “Weathervane” quilt block (my favorite patchwork design) along with coordinating fabric. The problem … the reason … the excuse this project remained unfinished was the lack of light green background fabric. For several years I have been hoping that more of the light green paisley would magically appear in my bin of green fabric. Alas, it never did, so it was time to change my game plan.

Originally, I planned to make a table runner of three “Weathervane” blocks using the vibrant poinsettia fabric and coordinating red and green dot on black background. The absence of more of my chosen background fabric sent me hunting in my stash, determined to finish this project. Hooray, I found another light green that would blend! Deciding to make two matching placemats and a table topper, I took apart the block previously made. I sewed new units using the substitute green print and pieced two blocks, each containing a mixture of light green background fabrics.

To transform the 12″ blocks into 14″ x 18″ placemats, I sewed 1 1/2″ wide strips to the top and bottom of the blocks, and 3 1/2″ wide strips to the sides of the blocks. I quilted holly leaves and loops with a wonderful “So Fine!” variegated thread comprised of tones from lime green to teal. To make the coordinating table topper, I sewed 1 1/2″ wide green print strips all around the block and quilted it similarly. Red binding makes a merry and bright finish for all three pieces.

The re-purposed “Weathervanes” are a Christmas gift for my sister, Liz, who probably would prefer placemats anyway.

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