|Accordion Place Mats by Lisa Swenson Ruble; |
featured in Modern Patchwork magazine July/August 2018
Q. How did you come up with the design for these place mats?
LR: When I work with solids, I love to use the idea of transparency and depth by using different shades of the same color. These colors were borrowed from my Diamond Drama quilt--they're some of my favorites!
Q. Why do you call them Accordion Place Mats?
LR: Because of the shading, I think each placemat looks like it recedes and then pops out, similar to an accordion. I paired the darker shade of each color with the Silver to enhance this illusion.
Q. Tell us something unexpected about this project.
LR: As I started to sew it, I realized just how many pieces each place mat contained! 82, to be exact. That's a lot of sewing, but it's worth it for the final look. I am looking forward to using these place mats all summer long!
Q. We love the faux-flange binding!
LR: I do too! I think it finishes the place mats beautifully and brings the color out to the edges. It's actually an easy technique with stellar results.
Painter's Palette Solids used (dark/light):
Gulf Stream/Pale Aqua
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