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Thursday, January 13, 2011

How to get your family to help you bust your stash!!!


Hi everyone!!!

It's me again! Ariane from Ariane's Crafts.
I'm so glad Madame Samm invited me to share with you again.

I was trying to figure out what to share with you and I was a bit stumped.
I did have one idea, tried to make a tutorial, but it didn't quite work out.

So, I went to my sister Michele to rescue me.
You see, she did a family project a short time ago to get rid of some scraps.
She made placemats and got her 6 year old son and her husband to make them too.
I really liked them and thought it would be a fun project to do with my kids too.
So, I thought I would share the placemats I made with my kids. 

I managed to convince my 15 year old son, 13 year old son, and 11 year old daughter to each make a placemat. I told them that they could design them any way they wanted, as they would be for them to use.

This is the material list we used:
-scraps a quilting cotton
-fusible web
-scissors
-pencils
-iron
-ironing board
-scraps of batting
and of coarse a sewing machine

The first thing I did was cut 4 neutral pieces of fabric 12.5 inches by 17.5 inches.
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Then, I gave the kids each a bowl and told then to pick any fabric they wanted out of my scrap baskets.
I have my scraps sorted by color in my sewing room.
They all went down and picked out their fabric. This is what they came back with.
I got them to decide what size they needed for each piece and I ironed fusible web to the back of the fabric.
I, then asked them to draw their designs on the paper side of the fusible web.
Here they are at work.


They then cut out their designs and started placing them in position on the background fabric.
I helped then iron down all the pieces, once they had decided the final settings.
These are their final designs.

This is what my 15 year old designed.
He wanted to have water, grass, fire, the sun and the moon.
I really like it!!!

This is what my 13 year old son came up with.
He really likes detailed designs. He's a budding artist this one.
His battle of the Romans is his original design.
It all came out of that head of his and didn't copy any pictures.
He really enjoyed this process.

This is my daughter's design.
I really like her design. It's more modern, and also has a quilty kind of block appearance.

Once they were all done with the tops, I started working on mine.
I only used the left over pieces of fabric with fusible web on them.
I also wanted to challenge myself to keep it simple.
I am working at "simplifying" my life.
So, here it is.
Now, the fun part for me was to quilt these placemats for the kids.
Here are the finished products.

I must say that this was a very rewarding experience. I had told the kids it would only take about an hour to do the tops. But they chatted, laughed, and sang songs. After about 2.5 hours, they were done. It's an amazing feeling when my kids get together and get along. I learn a lot about them in times like these.

So, get your children and grandchildren involved with your quilting.
It will give both of you some wonderful memories.

Just a quick note!!!
I'm celebrating my two year blog anniversary with a giveaway.
Leave me a comment here and visit be over here, you know at

Hugs



133 comments:

  1. What a talented family you are. All those placemats look fabulous.

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  2. I am so in LOVE with that idea. How fun to see what each of the children designed and yours, just too cute. Thank you so much. Now I need to hop over to your blog for a visit!

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  3. I'm so in love with your idea. Fabulous.
    ~a

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  4. What a great idea. I love the designs they came up with.

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  5. I love that idea. I may have my kids do the same thing, even though they are older than yours. Great Post!!!

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  6. i always like to involve other in time consuming projects. Makes them alot more fun!

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  7. Ariane - what a very unique project, and cherished times with your children. Yes, you do have budding artists there. My grandson has been playing in my (and his mom's) scraps since he could identify colors. I have a handprint fabric X-mas tree mini wallhanging that he helped to make. And he loves to help me make "scribble" quilts, dump the old scrap tote and pick pieces to just sew together until you got a block - then place the blocks out like he wants and together they go - fun quilts and fun times. Thank you for sharing your family activity with us her at Stash.

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  8. What a novel idea! I will have to do this with my grandchildren. Your kids did a great job, they are all so creative. Congrats!!!

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  9. Fabulous project! Kids love color and love to create! The house one is really cute!

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  10. Love the little houses. How cute!

    Billie in TX

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  11. Ths is absolutely great! Thank you so much for this great post!

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  12. What a great idea! I let my 2-year-old grandson play with my strips for the first today and he loved picking out the colours. I might have to take his choices and make a placemat for him next time!

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  13. Awesome bonding time with the kids..and it looks fun!

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  14. The placemats are all fantastic - the quilting really made the designs come alive. What a wonderful activity to do with the family - I might steal it and see what my children come up with :-D

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  15. The placemats are great! and what really wows me is that you actually were able to get teenagers involved!

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  16. Those placemats came out like art quilts!

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  17. They ALL turned out fantastic and you had a great day with your kids!

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  18. What a great way to involve the kids. They've produce some masterpieces

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  19. You are just GREAT!!! I am inspired. Love from Zelda from South Africa

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  20. This is a sweet idea - making something unique for each unique individual :)

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  21. There will lots of memories created around those placemats! They look great!

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  22. I think that we need to make those next Christmas at our family Craft night. Thanks for the great idea.

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  23. What a diversity! :o)
    Really artistic needleworks, dextrous kids. It was so good familiar program!

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  24. What a wonderful family project. It is fun to see how creative kids can be. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. What a wonderful project... A great idea - might use it for Mother's day gifts for Grandmas

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  26. Now those are so darn cute. I am amazed at the creativity in kids. They are a good resource to turn to when your stuck it seems! Great post.

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  27. What a great idea and a super project for my grandchildren! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  28. A wonderful idea!
    My kids are great ... I'll do with my nephews ... thanks!
    Happy Anniversary Blog!
    Greetings!

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  29. Good Morning Ariana, ok, kids getting involved in the whole quilting experience.(over exciting) Family united for 2.5 hours.( over the top joy). 4 Place-mats completed = PRICELESS.

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  30. What a great idea. Have to wait a few years, my grandson is only 3 years now.

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  31. Arlane, these are great! I will do this project with my grandaughter in the summer when she visits me.

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  32. a terrific idea and all so different! I love that you got your older children to cooperate with you. I wonder if I can get my 23 yo to cooperate and make one with me? Now to pop over to your blog and check it out.

    denise/deBRAT tampa bay Florida

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  33. Each one is so unique! You do have a budding artist on your hands, although all three have the knack! Thank you for sharing such a great project.

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  34. How wonderful to get the whole family involved. These are some of the most rewarding projects.

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  35. What a wonderful idea!! you may have some budding quilters there!!! You know this wouldn't be a bad activity for some of us old folks to get us out of our boxes either!

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  36. Awesome idea.....what a super fun family project. This will be a great project to do when I have my Grandpeeps for their week in the summer or if they come for a weekend and boredom sets in. Thanks for sharing:)

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  37. Thank you for sharing a wonderful family time story. Your children did a super job...and so did you! I love this!
    My grandson (3) just had to sit with me on New Year's Day to watch me sew. He got so excited so I let him help me. He made what he calls a "triangle, triangle, square" on the "sawing macheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen". My daughter says he loves to play with it.

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  38. Fantastic idea for family time! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway and Happy Anniversary!!

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  39. I love this idea! I was thinking at the beginning of the post how it would be tough to keep the kids from getting "too detailed for it to work" but then you showed your son's detailed work and it turned out great! Just me overthinking again, I guess. I want to do this with my kids!

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  40. This is a great idea. My grandkids have fabric and some yarn all cut up already. I could see us all doing that one rainy day. What a great family project. Thanks for more inspiration.

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  41. What a great idea! I, too, love it when my 3 children are doing something together like this, and just having fun, laughing and joking together. Thank you.

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  42. This would be a fun project with my grandchildren. Thanks for the idea.

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  43. i love this project...we never use placemats, but i see potential for doll quilts!

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  44. What an awesome project! Your children are very creative - and so are you. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. What a great idea! And the kids did a wonderful job...very creative. Congratulations on the anniversary!

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  46. What a fantastic idea - well done, it has given me inspiration for the visit of my niece this spring

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  47. What a fabulous idea! I love their designs and your quilting really brought them to life!

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  48. I love your simplified block with the stitched road!!!! I want one... umm where do I hide, I mean store my neutral fabrics to get my base? Thanks for the great idea (i have a 15, 13, and 12 and 12 year olds in the house--- this is a possible project they could all like? You are a miracle worker!)

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  49. What a fabulous idea. It's so interesting to see how each placemat is so unique based on the creator's personality. Love it!!

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  50. What a great idea and thanks for sharing it. It would be fun to do with my nieces and nephews when they come for a sleepover!
    Congrats on the 2 years of blogging!

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  51. I love when my kids get along too :) thanks for sharing your great idea

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  52. Love the idea for family fun. And the placemats too!
    But what about hubby? I was always (am always) dragging my hubby into doing things he doesn't want to do! lol

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  53. I'm impressed that you got your sons to do this with you! They did a great job!

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  54. What a lovely post, thank you Ariane! Very touching and a fantastic idea.

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  55. Love this idea! Especially the placemat your son made of the Roman battle!

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  56. What a wonderful idea and fun for everyone.

    Debbie

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  57. great placemats. I love the process and the end result.

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  58. They are all very nice, but I love the romans! I can just imagine your son, head down focused on his artwork. Great family project.

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  59. Something to always cherish and remember the moment. Thank you for sharing.

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  60. Tks fr this brilliant tut! will give it a try with my 3 jewels. I'm pretty sure they will love it. Tks again!!xoxo

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  61. What a fabulous idea!! I can see this idea being used at a homeschool co-op, or as a slumber party activity.

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  62. Great idea and what creative kids you have! Those placements are pretty cool!!

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  63. I LOVE this!! I think I will try it someday when I have grandchildren. It might be a fun family Christmas project too. Hmmm, I'll have to think about that!

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  64. A great site. I am going to be using lots of the craft ideas for my grandchildren. They love to do crafts and the two older ones love to help me at my sewing machine. Thanks for all the tips and crafts.

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  65. Such a lovely post and a wonderful idea for the family! Thank you for sharing this.

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  66. Nice, love the idea and one my girls would love to do too. thanks for the idea

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  67. carolyn marzstars@msn.comJanuary 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    What a clever idea to inspire the wonderment of art in your family and others.

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  68. These are so fun! i love the little houses!

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  69. What a great idea! It really brought the kids together for some fun! And the mats are so cute!

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  70. What fun! Every time you look at those placemats, you probably will have that wonderful memory of your kids getting along ... wow! Thank you for sharing !!

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  71. This is a great idea and I like how you pre-cut background fabric for the kids--so even though their designs are their own and very unique there's still a unifying theme going on. I know I'll definitely use this project idea sometime.

    Great post1

    Gail :)

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  72. What fun! This is a great idea!!

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  73. Loved these the first time you and Michele made them - these are so fun!

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  74. What a FANTASTIC idea! I will definitely be borrowing your placemat idea the next time the grandchildren visit!

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  75. What a great thing to do with your kids. I bet they are so proud of their placemats!

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  76. What a great idea! I'll try it with my granddaughter next time she comes to visit. I love the way you quilted the rows of houses.

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  77. What a great idea this would also be great for a church group or even to do with the kids from Childrens Aid.

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  78. What an awesome idea!! They came out really great. Your kids seemed to really embrace the project. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  79. Isn't it amazing how all 3 of your kids did something completely different! I LOVE them all.

    Thanks for this great tutorial too!
    Valerie

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  80. So creative and fun! I really think I would enjoy just playing with scraps this way too! And how cool are your scrap bins. Great stuff!

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  81. What wonderful keepsakes for your children, but more importantly, precious memories!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  82. This is a great and very fun idea! If only I used placemats...Oh, my MIL does! Hmmm, maybe a little giftie to her from the Americans? (She is Canadian.)

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  83. What a good idea. I love your sisters blog, I became a follower. I have been a follwer of your blog for a while. I love those place mats. They are great!! What a fun gift idea for a small cousin. Thank you for sharing!

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  84. what a great thing to teach children...thanks for sharing..

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  85. Great idea! They are fun - you will all enjoy using them at mealtimes, I'm sure!

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  86. These are AWESOME! Will have to try something similar with my soon to be 6 year old.

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  87. Love this idea! Always need ideas for stash-busting. Will add something wonderful to your dinner table!

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  88. I am soooooo doing this with the hubby and wee one. We have been talking about place mats and this is PERFECT timing! Thank you for sharing!! <3

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  89. Congrats on your anniversary. Involving family in making placemats is a wonderful idea, thank you.

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  90. What a great idea Arianne. Love it. Super way to reduce your stash and also create some family fun, while decorating and creating family memories. Excellent.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  91. Thnak you for the tutorial, I loved it!!!!, it's a fantastic idea, to get the kids involved!!!

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  92. What a GREAT idea!! I love it... and fun for the kids too I'm sure. thanks for the giveaway!!

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  93. Great Idea to have your sons help and to have all three to work togather are memories for them to have years from now.

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  94. What a wonderful idea! How creative and unique like each person!

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  95. Very cute idea Ariane~ perfect 'snow day' project! :-)

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  96. I love the bins that you use for storing scraps. that is a very creative idea. Very cute project

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  97. Very cute placemats. ANd original too. Get the kids involved and then they find out that quilting is fun. I worked with my niece over break and we made a doll quilt together. We both had a fun time and maybe she will be a quilter one day.

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  98. What a cool way to involve your kids in a creative endeavor - and to understand why you enjoy quilting so much! Enjoyed this post.

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  99. What a fabulous idea!!! I am going to do this with my grandpeeps!!!
    Great post!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  100. That is an awesome idea! Great post.

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  101. What a great way to get my grandkids involved in the quilting process. It really encourages them to express themselves. All your children's placemats turned out wonderfully. I think this might be a good Christmas project.

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  102. I absolutely love this idea and can't wait to get my kids involved in doing something like this. GREAT idea!

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  103. Great idea to get the children involved.

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  104. The placemats are wonderful - what a great idea to get kids involved! I might try this with my grandson in a year or two - would be so fun to see what he creates! Thanks! xo, Nan

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  105. What a great idea! And your kids are very talented!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  106. I think your idea is fantastic. I can't wait to do the same thing. Your kids are very clever and talented. And cooperative!

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  107. Fun!! What great kiddo's!!!
    xx, shell

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  108. Those are really great! It would be a fun scout activity too.

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  109. Simply an awesome inspiration!

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  110. Thanks for the great tutorial. Cute placemats; very creative!

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  111. What a great idea and look at the fabulous artwork you have!

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  112. How nice of your kids to be so agreeable about doing something like this. I, too, loved it when my kids would be sharing something and getting along like real friends. They are adults, now, and are very close. Congratulations on a fun, creative way to hang out together.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  113. What a wonderfully creative way to get your family all together and the placemats are awesome! As sentimental as I am, I would probably keep them until the kids were grown and married and then give them back to them. Very creative idea, and thank you for taking the time to share with all of us!

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  114. Those placemats are the best.... I love that everyone was involved....
    Hugz

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  115. I think I know where they get their artistic ability :)

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  116. Amazing, Ariane! Love your organized scraps. All of the placemats turned out wonderfully. I really like your simple houses. thanks for sharing such a great family project.

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  117. How clever to get the whole family involved and really use up those scraps!
    Susan
    susie.galasso@gmail.com

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  118. Neat idea! I did something similar to this with my kids using old Christmas cards. Pasted to posterboard; trimmed with plaid ribbon and then set between sheets of clear contact paper so they would be wipeable. Maybe this project would be fun with the grandkids when they come....?

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  119. What a cool idea, and how talented your children are. I would never have thought of doing this, and can't wait to do it now that you've shown me how. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  120. What a fantastic idea!! I love how the quilting brought out the design on the placemats and I agree with you, your 13 year old is a very talented artist. I am going to have to do that one weekend this year when I visit my sisters families.

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  121. I love your placemats - they are perfect. I am going to try and remember this one for the grandkids. Thanks

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  122. Fantastic idea! I think my kids and I just may do these this next weekend!

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  123. Family is a good thing - especially when it comes to supporting our addictions!

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  124. So creative! I really liked your family's placemats and your sister's family's placemats! Great idea for scraps and so practical too!

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  125. What a great idea! I like to bring a craft project with me when I visit my grandkids. This is great for all ages.

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  126. What a wonderful idea! Now your kids have something that they made to use every day. Plus, they can show their friends when they come over.

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