Setting a Christmas table which includes blue

Does reading the title make you sing that old Elvis favorite, "I'll have a blue Christmas Without You" or are you thinking blue fabric?  I knew it, we do think alike, I was referring to blue fabric in your Christmas decorations.  Hmmm, don't you mean Hanukkah, Kathy?  It could indeed work for Hanukkah but I am actually talking about Christmas with blue fabrics and let me tell you why.  My kitchen is blue and many of my serving pieces and serving flatware have blue embellishments on them.  I have Spode Christmas China and I wanted to be able to use it all after I found this smashing blue and white snowflake fabric at Top Shelf Quilts.  I wanted the napkins to be out of that fabric so I started out by cutting 12 napkins, each one an 18" square.  I could get 4 out of each yard and it left a 6 inch strip which is where I began my design.  I also bought some white on white snowman fabric and some green to duplicate the trees in the china.  Here is the finished place mat.
I sketched a tree which was just one green triangle flanked by matching white triangles.  I stitched a brown strip to two white strips and cut them up to make trunks which I add to the triangle tree.   I pieced the tree unit to a white rectangle and bound it on all four sides with the left over snowflake strips, voila, a Christmas place mat that went with my Spode Christmas china and my blue kitchen.  You can do the same with whatever fabrics and China you want to combine.  Find your favorite place mat dimensions and start from there.  Get 3 yards of the napkin fabric to be able to create a dozen and off you go designing what you need.  I hosted my card group here last Saturday and this was the table using the napkins and place mats.
Good cooks can take random ingredients and make a meal, creative sewers can then make the table look smashing!  In my case, we always serve pizza at card group and the guests bring the salad and dessert.  My idea of the perfect way to entertain and did I mention I won at cards that night?  No biggie, just the only time I have won at Five Crowns in six years of playing it with these couples. I barely bragged at all or I am framing the score sheet, one of the two.

Yep, the perfect night.

Sew happy!

Sew happy!

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