Jennifer Casa from JCasa *handmade is back with her monthly Fabric Focus feature! Each month Jennifer has a new project featuring one of our favorite collections from the shop. Remember last month’s Patchwork Notebooks?! Jennifer’s hard at work on manuscript deadlines for her upcoming book about crafting with children (we can’t wait!), but she took time to create this beautiful Quilted Snack Set Free Pattern Download and tutorial for you. You can make the every day just a little more special with this fun project.

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Hello, hello!
April’s fabric focus has us traveling to the south of France thanks to the House Fall 2009 Collection by Annette Tatum for Free Spirit. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine with me. Can you smell the fresh lavender dotting the gentle countryside? Spread out your picnic blanket and lie back to simply breathe in the palest blue skies you could ever imagine. There is no place you have to be but right here in this quiet moment.

Perhaps it is all the time I spent traveling throughout Europe that had me falling so quickly in love with this collection. Perhaps it is the promise of blues skies and flowers, or the vintage feel of these colors. Or maybe it is the blue– Oh how I love blue. And these blues are the stuff of dreams.

For this month’s tutorial, I have grouped the House Fall 2009 fabrics in threes to create quilted snack mats and napkins for everyday use, making a daily routine a bit more special. Since I have two daughters who are fans of purple and pink, I used Lilac Navy and Bloom Lilac contrasted by Damask Navy on one, and Lilac Grey and Damask Grey contrasted by Mini Flower Rose on another. And since I frequently join them for tea time, I celebrated the pale blues with Prairie Sea and Paisley Soft Sea contrasted by Bloom Sea on the third set. All three mats use white Essex Linen/Cotton as the backing fabric as well as a bit on the front.

The tutorial calls for 3 – ¼ yard cuts of the prints as well as backing fabric and batting, which will allow you to make a mat as well as several reversible napkins. But you will still have good amount of fabric left over-– What to do, what to do…

Using leftover fabrics from the pink and pale blue Snack Sets above, I threw together a lap quilt using the exact same technique I demonstrate in the tutorial. (April is Quilting Month here at Sew,Mama,Sew!, after all.) Strips of the six House Fall 2009 prints were of different widths, split by the leftover Essex linen/cotton, backed with some pale grey linen from an old curtain, and a layer of flannel in between. A simple pillowcase binding, a bit of topstitching to keep it all together and it was done in a few hours-– Perfect to spread out on the grass for snack time this afternoon.

I hope you enjoy the Quilted Snack Set Free Pattern Download and tutorial, and that it encourages you to give these prints a try-– They offer such a breath of fresh air. Happy making! xoxo

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