by Debbie Henry
Preserve family recipes by making a “new” heirloom. Create placemats, hanging wall art, and vintage napkins. All of these items were printed on premium cotton using actual hand-written recipes and include cutting lines for quick and easy stitching.
CREATING THE ARTWORK
Start by gathering hand-written recipes. Don’t worry if they are stained, faded, or tattered. That just adds to the nostalgia!
Scan recipes at 300 dpi and add a sepia filter, using a photo editing program like Pixlr, to give them an aged look. That also helps to even out fold lines and areas that have become discolored over the years.
Add a decorative frame around each recipe to set it off and arrange artwork on a 12.5” x 18.5” rectangle for each placemat.
Cut the recipe hanger panel piece using a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler.
Cut panels just inside the cutting line. Because the fabric is a light color, you don’t want to take a chance of the dark line showing through seams.
Cut a piece of low-loft batting and a backing fabric the same size as the front piece.
Lay the panel piece on top of the batting with the right-side up. Create hanging tabs with two pieces of excess panel fabric 1” x 3.5”. Fold the pieces in half, length-wise, stitch a quarter-inch seam, and turn it right-side out.
Press the hanging tabs with the seam in the middle.
Fold the tabs in half with seams inside and pin in place at the top of the wall art panel, raw edges together.
Lay the backing fabric on top of the wall art panel, right sides together. Stitch a quarter-inch seam around the entire outside edge. Gently pinch the back lining and pull it away from the front panel. Carefully clip a “Y” shape in the middle of the backing piece.
Turn the piece right side out through the “Y” and press.
Fuse Lite Steam A Seam 2 to one side of a contrasting fabric and run it through an AccuQuilt GO! using the GO! Heart 2”-3”-4.” The heart shapes will be used to patch the clipped “Y” that was used to turn the wall art inside out.
Fuse the medium heart over the cut area. Voila! No seams to stitch closed. Attach to a hanger and enjoy. If you didn’t want to bother with stitching the wall art, you could always pop it in a picture frame.
Placemats will be constructed just like the wall art. Cut out the placemat panel just inside the cutting lines. Cut a piece of low-loft batting and backing fabric the same size. Put the placemat on top of the batting, right side up, and put the lining fabric on top, right side down.
Stitch a quarter-inch seam around the entire outside edge of the placemat. Clip a “Y” in the middle of the backing fabric. Turn the piece right side out and press. Apply an adhesive heart over the cut “Y” to finish.
You can quilt around the outer border of the placemat if you like.
Cut a napkin panel inside the cut lines.
By placing lines on the back side of the napkin with a marking pencil, it is easy to press folds where they belong before hemstitching.
Press edge A up to line B for a quarter-inch fold. Press all four sides of the napkin.
Bring the folded edge up to line C and press. Do the same for all four sides of the napkin.
Change to a wing needle and choose a hemstitch or other heirloom finishing stitch. Stitching from the right side, align the edge of the napkin so that the needle just catches the folded edge underneath.
The decorative stitching beautifully finishes the napkin edges
and creates a one-of-a-kind gift that is certain to become a favorite heirloom.