Posted by: maureenc | December 20, 2015


DSC03360 DSC03361 Two of the place matsSuch a silly way to get side tracked! A couple of days ago, I changed the tablecloth from my usual colour scheme, and in doing  so, realised I had no placemats that toned in with the cloth!

So, instead of staying with my plan to complete a 10 inch square quilt that needs to be completed by November 30,

or making those half dozen post cards theming Autumn………..

I created havoc in the sewing room, and the dining room by auditioning fabrics to make a set of place mates. Yes…..I knew the colours I wanted to employ, and YES I had a rough idea how I would stitch them. What else did I need!

(Time is the answer……….in case you were wondering!)

I chose to feature a block of a floral fabric on each of the mats

I chose to stitch  the strips of fabric to the batting and backing fabric to achieve a “quilt as you go” effect .

(WHY do extra steps when you can be economical with your time!)

I used a straight cut, rather than bias cut binding strips to “finish” the edges.

These mats were made with practicality rather than “art” in mind, so all finishes were machine stitched. That way they can be tossed in the washing machine rather than requiring gentle hand washing.

As a result of seeing the mats, one friend asked for a set to be made for her in similar colour way.  NO place mats for her at the moment, but some cute coasters have her name on them for Christmas. Maybe the New Year will see her receive the place mats.

The coasters and  some “practical” pot holders feature in the next post


  1. Very well done Maureen. Everything about them is lovely.

  2. Thank you M! I seem so often to get side tracked AWAY fromCQ stitching

  3. Very pretty Maureen! Sometimes you just have to go with the distraction — it can be the most productive and satisfying course of action!

  4. Love the color and the off center design

  5. They’re really lovely and you make it sound so simple!

  6. Thank you Gilly! I did find it a bit of a hassle keeping the folded pieces to an accurate placement! Folding a square of fabric across the diagonal results in a stretchy. bias . I must admit I found it a tad frustrating at times (says me rolling my eyes)

  7. You know me Vivian! Always “off centre” lol


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