On October 11 I blogged about finishing my “Painted Ladies” quilt and showed the bands of 3″ wide strips I strip-pieced for the Piano Key border.
Oooops, I made more bands than I needed for my quilt. No worries! I can cross-cut at 3″ and use the overage to make placemats. I prefer to make this style placemat using 3″ unfinished squares arranged in a 7 x 5 grid. This yields a generous 13″ x 18″ finished placemat size.
I augmented the cross-cut strips with a few squares from my 3″ bin. The various textures and color-saturated prints keep your eyes moving around the placemat, don’t you think? With medium blue thread I quilted a simple diagonal cross-hatch design. Bound with royal blue, these two placemats are out the door. They’ll be added to those donated by fellow guild members for a county-wide Meals on Wheels program that gives placemats to seniors along with a holiday meal. It’s a proven fact that cheerful surroundings during meal time boosts the spirits of the shut-ins, and many use their gifted placemats all year round.
As a holiday gift idea, consider involving the youngsters in your life with making placemats for family members. Pictured below is my grandson who, several years ago, enjoyed rifling through my “I Spy” fabric bin for interesting prints. I sewed the squares together, making a placemat for him and one for his little brother. (You can read more about the project and see more photos by clicking here.)